China-Kenya cooperation in public health under the Belt and Road Initiative

CHENG Yang1 SI Zi-han1 CHEN Li-mei1 GE Yu-qiu XUAN Ying-hua CHENG Feng2

(1.Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Wuxi School of Medicine, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China 214000)
(2.Research Center for Public Health, Tsinghua University)

【Abstract】As a comprehensive opening-up strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative is a major move for China to further conduct reform and opening-up, with the strategic goal of building a community with shared interests, developments and responsibility that features political mutual trust, economic integration, and cultural inclusiveness. Africa is an important strategic partner of the Belt and Road Initiative of China. However, the economic development in Africa has been restricted by its medical and health conditions, and the development of public health is relatively backward. The cooperation between China and Africa in the field of public health has realistic significance and is in line with long-term development interests. Regarding medical cooperation as a starting point can be the power agent that promotes the wide implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the lubricant that prevents possible obstructions. In this paper, the cooperation in public health with countries joining the Belt and Road Initiative was discussed and the radiation effect and long-term significance of public health cooperation with Kenya, a country with significant and extensive influence on Africa, was explored.

【Keywords】 the Belt and Road; public health; China; Kenya; cooperation;

【Funds】 National Natural Science Foundation of China (81871681; 81601787) Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu (BK 20160192) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (OPP1161962)

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CN: 21-1234/R

Vol 35, No. 07, Pages 806-808

July 2019


Article Outline


  • 1 Kenya’s irreplaceable strategic position in the Belt and Road
  • 2 Cooperation risks under the Belt and Road Initiative increase due to the threat to public health security
  • 3 Feasibility of cooperation with Kenya in public health
  • 4 Summary
  • References