The Lancet Examines Chinese Development Assistance To Africa, Prospects For Improving Public Health

The Lancet: New orientation for China’s health assistance to Africa
“On Dec. 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping revealed US$60 billion in new aid and grants to support development projects in Africa over the next three years. The announcement, made at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg, South Africa, continued a trend of increased Chinese assistance to the continent, albeit an amount slightly higher than expected. But many observers say the more important question is not how much the package is but how it will be spent, and if China’s rise can be harnessed to improve public health in Africa in a more durable way…” (Alcorn, 12/12).