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Exchanges between China and South Sudan in the fields of health, education and culture
2023-02-07 00:25

Medical and health care is an important priority area for China-South Sudan cooperation, and cooperation has yielded fruitful results since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Sudan 11 years ago. China aided the construction of the Kiir Mayardit Women's Hospital in Rumbek and the reconstruction and expansion project of the Juba Teaching Hospital (Phase I), and carried out two phases of technical cooperation in the Kiir Mayardit Women's Hospital, Multiple batches of medical equipment, materials and medicines have been provided, improving South Sudan's medical and health infrastructure and people's livelihood and well-being.

In the early 1970s, China carried out medical treatment activities in Juba, Wau, and Malakal in southern Sudan. In December 2012, the year following South Sudan's independence, China sent the first medical team to South Sudan to save lives and heal the wounded. Over the past 10 years, they have treated more than 55,000 patients. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, China was the first country to provide anti-epidemic material assistance to South Sudan and dispatch an anti-epidemic expert team to help South Sudan deal with the epidemic. In 2022, China and South Sudan will launch a paired hospital cooperation mechanism, and plans to help train a large number of medical staff and gradually cover medical services to the grassroots in South Sudan.

China and South Sudan have frequent cooperation and interactions in the field of education and culture. China has aided South Sudan to build many primary and secondary schools, trained more than 5,000 professionals in various fields for South Sudan, and provided nearly 1,000 scholarships for studying in China. In 2018, as the first comprehensive foreign education aid project of the Chinese government, China-Aided Phase I Technical Cooperation Project of Education in South Sudan was successfully implemented. Millions of primary and secondary school mathematics, science, and English textbooks were shipped across the ocean to Juba, and nearly 150,000 South Sudanese teachers and students benefited from it, and more than 200 South Sudanese teachers went to China for training. In 2021, the China-Aided Phase II Technical Cooperation Project of Education in South Sudan launched. It will compile and print English, mathematics, and science textbooks for South Sudan primary schools, provide learning tools and experimental equipment for primary and secondary school students, and provide training and empowerment for hundreds of front-line teachers and education administrators. At the same time, a Chinese language learning center has been set up in Juba. Cultural activities have enhanced the exchanges between Chinese and South Sudanese people, and have been affirmed and praised by the South Sudanese government, teachers and students.