China’s role in global health : HIV/AIDS traditional Chinese medicine research and treatment in Tanzania from 1987 to 2014

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The Chinese in Africa / Africans in China Research Network Conference Organising Committee in collaboration with the Centre for Cultural Research and Development at Lingnan University, Hong Kong; and the Institute for Emerging Markets at HKUST

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CAAC2021 5th Online Mini-symposium : Africa Looking East : A Global History of Africa-China Engagement

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9:00 p.m.


Online Session via Zoom


The HIV/AIDS pandemic poses one of the greatest challenges to global health. Countries from the North and the South both worked tirelessly to get rid of the disease. However, roles played by countries of the Global South in fighting the disease have been less studied. Such context upheld the impression that countries of the South had little to offer to the global health. Local and joint initiatives made by African, Asian and Latin American countries were lowlily recognised, not only by scholars but also by traditional global health partners. Available research literature dwells on China’s multilateral engagement in global health from the 2000s following its domestic health crisis, leaving bilateral medical projects it funded to the South, such as HIV/AIDS TCM research and treatment unattended. This paper pushes further discussion on the manner and the extent to which countries of the South engaged in the fight against pandemic diseases. The paper examines the history of the Chinese sponsored HIV/AIDS TCM research and treatment project in Tanzania from its inception in 1987 to its decline in 2014. It shows contexts which influenced its establishment, practice and perceptions by patients. The paper argues that Sino-Tanzania’s HIV/AIDS TCM research and treatment contributed to global health. However, modus operandi of the project defeated its broader contribution. Data for this study were drawn from archival materials, oral testimonies, government reports, and other published research literature.



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Kifyasi, A. (2021, May 28). China’s role in global health: HIV/AIDS traditional Chinese medicine research and treatment in Tanzania from 1987 to 2014 [Video podcast]. Retrieved from