The signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding on prevention and treatment of cervical diseases between Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, P.R. China and Parirenyatwa Hospital, ROZ was held in Changsha, Hunan Province on September 4. Sheng Xiaoqi, dean of Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital signed the memorandum with Dr. Simango, the authorized representative of Parirenyatwa Hospital of Zimbabwe.
Yi Luxi, deputy director of the Health and Family Planning Commission of Hunan Province, Tang Lingzhi, director of the International Exchange Center of the Health and Family Planning Commission of Hunan Province, and Li Peng, director of the Regulations and International Economic and Trade Relations Office of Department of Commerce of Hunan Province, attended the signing ceremony.
In Zimbabwe, the high morbidity of cervical cancer is the main cause of women’s death. Owing to the lack of local medical resources and shortage of technical personnel in public hospitals, cervical screening rate is relatively low and few women whose screening results are positive get the chance to get further diagnosis and treatment.
In 2015, Presideng Xi Jinping pledged to help developing countries build 100 hospitals and clinics in the next 5 years, and implement 100 maternal and child health projects at the UN series summits. Meanwhile, President Xi announced the “China-Africa Public Health Cooperation Programme” at the The Johannesburg Summit and the 6th Mnisterial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) . Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital actively responded to the call for the assistance of the “maternal and child health” innovation project in Zimbabwe. The project was started to implement in Zimbabwe’s largest public hospital (Parirenyatwa Hospital) on December 15, 2016. The Chinese hospital donated a batch of equipment, materials, medicines, including colposcope, LEEP therapeutic apparatus for early detection and early treatment of cervical diseases, conducted free clinical activities for two weeks, and treated more than one hundred women with abnormal screening results of cervical cancer.
In the next two years, Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital will help Parirenyatwa Hospital get all equipment needed for the prevention and treatment of cervical diseases, train technical personnel, gradually standardize the process of early diagnosis and early treatment which is caters for the national conditions of Zimbabwe, and establish a national center for the prevention and treatment of cervical lesions.
On September 1, 9 officials and experts from Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and Parirenyatwa Hospital arrived at Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital to attend an academic seminar on prevention and treatment of cervical cancer. The two Hospital reached common consensus on cervical cancer prevention and treatment projects, and probed into the specific contents of cooperation in detail.
The Zimbabwean attendees were briefed about the Hunan provincial cancer screening project and shared their experience in cervical cancer prevention and control. They conducted a tour at a county level cervical cancer screening site in Hunan and were introduced to the methodology and practice of managing a maternal and child care hospital. They will also sit in the clinical departments of Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care hospital, to acquire hands-on experience of the latest technology in cervical cancer prevention and treatment.
Author: Xie Qiong