Xi Jinping Empowers Chinese Medics in Africa to Make a Difference
President Xi Jinping of China has urged members of a Chinese medical team dispatched to Africa to use their medical skills and ethics to benefit local communities and promote a positive image of China globally. In a letter to the 19th Chinese medical team in the Central African Republic, he commended the medical personnel for their dedication to overcoming challenges and serving the local population, and praised their efforts as not just a way of saving lives but also as a means of building relationships. President Xi expressed his heartfelt regards to all those involved in China’s international medical aid missions, especially as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the country’s first medical aid team abroad.
The Chinese people are known for their love of peace and commitment to preserving life, which is evident in their contributions to international medical assistance, President Xi said. He called on the medical team to use their medical expertise and ethics to aid local communities and to showcase China to the world through their actions, ultimately contributing to the establishment of a global community of health for all.
The medical team had written to President Xi, reporting on their efforts to serve local communities and expressing their determination to build a global community of health for all. Over the past 60 years, China has sent 30,000 members of medical teams to 76 countries across five continents, providing 290 million diagnoses and treatments to local communities. Currently, 115 Chinese medical teams are working in 56 countries around the world, with nearly half of these sites in remote and challenging locations.