Minister Madina Rahman attends China–Africa Development Cooperation for Child Health Meeting
Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation I, on Thursday 17th March, 2016, will arrive in Beijing, China to attend a meeting on China–Africa Development Cooperation for Child Health.
Madam Madina Rahman (in photo) is visiting on the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China and China’s Office of the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The meeting, slated for 22-24 March 2016, will bring together representatives from the Ministry of Health and Aid Coordinating Agency as well as UNICEF Office in eight African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Nigeria and Sudan.
It is a follow-up discussion to the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the China-Africa Health Ministers meeting in 2015 when a commitment was made to “make resources and solutions available to address major causes of preventable maternal, newborn and child mortality” which continue to be high in Africa.
The meeting also aims to explore how China and African countries could engage to generally promote maternal and child health and newborn health in particular, as a priority area for Chinese aid to African countries, and identify areas of potential support from UNICEF in line with the principles of “mutual respect, equality, keeping promise, mutual benefits and win-win” as defined in China’s White Paper on development aid.
UNICEF and Ministries of Health in China and the eight participating African countries recently discussed country needs and priorities, and shared a template for action.
Discussions are also expected to focus on current child health priority needs of each of the countries and how child health interventions can be integrated into the China-Africa cooperation. Participants are also expected to discuss challenges and opportunities to expand cooperation to improve newborn, child and maternal health in Africa.
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