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Contributing to Global Health

Author: Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health
March 17, 2011
China Daily


China should promote dialogue and cooperation with other donors for world health causes to dispel misunderstandings.

China becomes one of the largest economies in the world, it is facing a crescendo of calls to significantly increase its contribution to global health aid.

Critics claim that China, a country with the largest foreign exchange reserve and the second largest fiscal revenue in the world, is still aggressively seeking health aid, even though it makes only a nominal contribution to multilateral financial institutions such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

Contending that there are needier countries, including those in sub-Saharan Africa, that require the benefits China accrues from global health grants, they call for the international community to press China to make the full transition from a health-aid recipient to a global health donor.

Should China contribute more to global health financing as it becomes richer?

Yes, as long as China continues its development. Doing so would benefit global health governance as well as China's international image.

Is China a passive global health donor as critics presume?

No. A closer look at China's engagement in international health and development assistance suggests that it is far more generous than its critics suggest.

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