China’s Health Aid in Africa: Same Old Problems

http://www.chinaafricarealstory.com/2012/04/chinas-health-aid-in-africa-same-old.html

Today Chinese journalist Beibei Yin sent me his newly published article in the Financial Times — “Chinese donations: Tale of frustration that lies behind health aid to Africa.”

Yin shows how little has changed. Chinese medical teams appear to be popular, but Chinese equipment and medicine donations are still coming with instructions only in Chinese. Training is inadequate (five days!), and, consequently, donated goods and machinery sit gathering dust until they expire — a huge waste for China and for the recipient. …

Interesting. Since, African economist Dambisa Moyo is largely encouraging of China’s efforts to build up infrastructure in Africa, and criticizes the Wests’ donations and aids. It’s hard to imagine China is pretty much doing the same thing in health aid.

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