The year of 2018 marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese medical team. Over the past 55 years, medical team members dedicated themselves in foreign medical aid and played an irreplaceable role in strengthening the friendship and cooperation between China and recipient countries.
Medical and health care is a major field where China directs its foreign assistance. From 2010 to 2012, China helped recipient countries improve their medical and health services, raise their disease control and prevention ability, and enhance their public health capacity by constructing hospitals, providing medicine and medical equipment, dispatching medical teams, training medical workers and conducting exchanges and cooperation on disease prevention and treatment with other developing countries.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China will continue to promote cooperation with African countries on health and development.
May 6 was the day for removing the gauzes of the patients who had regained their sight after receiving the surgeries provided by the "Bright Journey" campaign.
In April 1963, a 13 person-strong Chinese medical team on an international train from Beijing to Moscow detoured to Algeria in North Africa.
In the last half century Chinese medical aid teams have entered 66 countries and regions and treated 260 million patients who previously had access to only poor medical technology.
"Border for Doctors," a four-episode TV documentary depicting China's medical assistance to Africa, has been hailed as an excellent piece showcasing China-Africa cooperation and friendship.
Among the 24th group of Chinese medical teams to aid the Republic of the Congo, there is a radiologist named Liu Xiaodong.