China says it wants to strengthen its cooperation with Africa in the Field of Medicine
The government of China has said it wants to strengthen further its relationship with Africa, particularly in training African medical scientists. The Director-general of the Department for International Cooperation within the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China, Ren Minghui, has been visiting Botswana this week. He told reporters that research and development are some of the priorities of collaboration being explored. He noted that China can support Africa in technical areas of research such as having scientists train in institutions like the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He explained that traditional medicine is one area in which China will collaborate with Africa. Chinese experts will be visiting different countries to survey herbs that could be used to treat diseases. Currently, collaboration in this field is underway with Tanzania. Tanzanian herbs are being studied by for their efficacy in treating HIV/AIDS.