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Kun Tang (Peking University Health Science Center)
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Since Ebola was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization in 2014, China has responded positively to this global call for action. The Chinese government has donated CNY750 million (USD110 million) emergency humanitarian aid to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the three countries which were severely attacked by the pandemic. Moreover, China has also deployed more than 1,000 infectious disease physicians, public health experts and logisticians to Africa to help with the disease control efforts. So far, China has helped constructed three P-3 level biosafety laboratories and trained more than 130,000 local medical staff. This is a milestone event for it is the first time that China has joined the global health community in fighting a major pandemic. It has, in many ways, strengthened local health system: health human resources, training / capacity building, diagnostic technology, etc. More importantly, this has led to China’s strong commitment and support to establish African CDC, a major step to ensure proper monitor and surveillance of future disease outbreak. This case guides the readers through a series of critical issues in the emergency response of the local health system, from the lens of China, as a new player in global health. The case will identify a number of issues, including infectious disease burden and surveillance, risk management (risk of exposure and infection), socioeconomic determinants of health and health systems (key elements of effective health systems for pandemic response), to establish a deeper understanding of the importance of health system resilience in controlling emergency disease outbreak.


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