249676 China's International health diplomacy: The outcomes of China's health care interventions on local health care systems and population health in Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Paul Kadetz, PhD, MPH, MSN , Department of International Development, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
China's health diplomacy in Africa since the 1960's provides an instructive case study of physical migration and the permeability of political, cultural, and epistemological boundaries, as it is a function of both China's political economy since the mid-twentieth century and the global Chinese diaspora. The unique transfer of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been formalized as a central component of China's health diplomacy in Africa.

This research assess the outcomes of China's health diplomacy in three countries in Africa and analyzes if and how the transfer of acupuncture and Chinese herbs have resulted in specific health care outcomes at the local levels of recipient African nations. Specifically, this research determines the outcomes of this transfer on healthcare systems and population health in Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both qualitative research from semi-structured interviews and quantitative research of epidemiological data were used to determine health care outcomes in local communities where TCM has been transferred. Data analysis reveals that China's health diplomacy was particularly suited to the context of local level healthcare in the selected African countries.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Explain the meaning of Health Diplomacy Distinguish China's particular health diplomacy in Africa Identify the outcomes of China's health diplomacy in Africa on Population health and local health care systems

Keywords: International Health, Partner Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the sole author and researcher of this research
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.