By the invitation of the Center for Global Public Health (CGPH) of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 African experts of public health from Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Zambia, C？te d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Uganda and Gabon visited China from November 11th to 21st, 2019. On November 13th, the African experts visited Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and visited Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of CAS (Wuhan P4 Laboratory).
They learned about the laboratory’s construction process, functional layout and key cooperation areas, and communicated with the laboratory team. A consensus was reached by both sides on cooperation in research and development of disease prevention and control, active response to public health emergencies and training of biosafety personnel.
The CGPH was established in August 2016 with the main responsibility of achieving China’s global health strategy, implementing the national public health aid mission, and planning and managing international public health cooperation projects.
Through dispatching experts, technical cooperation, emergency response and foreign aid projects, CGPH has been working in the following areas: supporting the construction of Africa CDC, improving public health capacity in Sierra Leone and other African countries, protecting health security in the Belt and Road Initiative, building the capacity of national public health aid teams, and strengthening international cooperation. Since its establishment, CGPH has managed and implemented foreign aid mission assigned by the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Ministry of Commerce, as well as international cooperation projects funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.