Gates Visits China to Promote Solutions to Major Issues in Global Health and Development

On the evening of November 22, 2019, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, returned to Beijing for the third consecutive year since 2017, highlighting China’s importance in the Gates Foundation’s global strategy. The main purpose of Bill Gates’ visit is to discuss with our Chinese partners how to promote the resolution of major issues in the field of global health and development through cooperation and innovation.

Gates Visits China to Promote Solutions to Major Issues in Global Health and Development

Deepen cooperation, call for the promotion of new comprehensive TB prevention and treatment model

On November 20, Bill Gates attended the National Health and Reform Commission-Gates Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Symposium on Tuberculosis Prevention and Control. Since 2009, the National Health and Reform Commission and the Gates Foundation have jointly launched the “China-Cover TB Prevention and Control Project” to improve the quality of TB prevention and control in China. The seminar aims to explore the progress and experience of the project over the past decade and calls for the further promotion of innovative integrated TB prevention and treatment models to support the Healthy China 2030 programme and accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals to end the TB epidemic. The two sides also signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Health And Health Council of China and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on TB prevention and treatment. Ma Xiaowei, director of the National Health and Health Commission, and Bill Gates attended the event.

Ma Xiaowei, director of the National Health and Health Commission, said in his speech: “The ten-year cooperation of the China-Gai TUBERculosis prevention and control project is another example of international cooperation in the field of health care in recent years.” The project keeps up with the development of international tuberculosis prevention and control strategy, keeps pace with the times, represents the trend and trend of global tuberculosis prevention and control, combines with China’s reality, closely focuses on the national prevention and control planning to carry out top-level design, according to local conditions, due to disease, and takes innovative ideas and technologies as the starting point, as an important driving force for the development of prevention and control work, is a key factor in the success of the project. “

“I am pleased to see China’s commitments and efforts to meet the TB goals set out in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The full implementation of the National Health and Reform Commission’s new TB prevention and control model will help China achieve this goal. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, said, “I look forward to seeing China show the world how to implement these innovations across the country.” I also believe and look forward to China’s ability to develop a new generation of TB vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tools to improve the health and well-being of millions of people in China and around the world. “

Over the past decade, the Gates Foundation and the National Health and Reform Commission have worked together to explore and implement in three phases, and an operational, sustainable and replicable model for integrated TB control has been established. From 2016 to 2019, the China-Gai TUBERculosis prevention and control project in Zhejiang, Jilin and Ningxia provinces to promote the comprehensive prevention and control model, covering a population of 90 million, to help the three provinces ahead of the implementation of the national tuberculosis prevention and control of the 13th Five-Year Plan, disease prevention and control effects and social effects have been shown. Next, the NSC and the Gates Foundation will also deepen their cooperation to promote the experience gained in the TUBERculosis prevention and treatment program.

Renewed Memorandum of Understanding with NSFC to support China in realizing its innovation potential

On November 21, the National Natural Science Foundation of China renewed its memorandum of understanding with the Gates Foundation to further support and cooperate in scientific and technological research to address major global health and development challenges. Li Jinghai and Bill Gates, directors of the Natural Science Foundation, attended the signing ceremony.

Under the newly signed memorandum of understanding, nSFC and the Gates Foundation will continue to jointly select and fund outstanding research projects in areas such as finding solutions for major communicable diseases, reducing maternal and child mortality, enhancing the ability to transform scientific research, and promoting scientific cooperation in agriculture, food and nutrition. and other research projects that benefit the poor in China and other developing countries to support the achievement of the United Nations sustainable development goals.

“NSFC and the Gates Foundation share a common goal of building a better future for humanity. “We believe that with the renewal of the memorandum of understanding, we can work more closely and extensively to meet global challenges and achieve the sustainable goals set in the UnY20 agenda.” “

“It’s not realistic to rely on our existing technologies and methods to solve many of the world’s problems in global health and development, which is why we need innovation, which is why partnerships like nSFC are so important,” says Bill Gates. The Gates Foundation looks forward to working with scientists from China and around the world to solve major global problems. “

NSFC and the Gates Foundation signed the first memorandum of understanding in October 2015 and launched the China Challenge project in early 2016. Since its launch, four projects for tuberculosis and AIDS have been approved and funded.

Discusshow to address climate change through technological innovation and policy innovation

On the afternoon of November 21, Bill Gates attended the 2nd Bloomberg Innovation Economic Forum in Beijing. As a member of the forum’s advisory board, Gates focused on climate change and response, saying in a speech that solutions to climate change must start with two things: both to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to actively adapt to the effects of climate change, both of which rely on innovation, not just technological innovation. Policy innovation is also needed. Of course, the global challenges of curbing climate change must be solved by cooperation, and we need it more than ever before.

Climate change has been a concern for Gates himself, and the Gates Foundation has been exploring ways to help the 50 million smallholder farmers most affected by climate change, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. In a signed article in the People’s Daily in June, Mr Gates said China was one of a handful of countries around the world, led by smallfarmers, who had been successful in increasing crop yields and lifting themselves out of poverty. Many countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, can learn a lot from Chinese farmers and scientists in helping small farmers cope with climate change.

Climate change is a global issue that also requires global collaboration, Gates said: “We need multinational scientists to work together and provide more support for their agricultural research and development, and we need to actively fund institutions like the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, the world’s largest network of agricultural scientists.” “

Chen Meets with Bill Gates

On November 20, Chen Qi, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and president of the Red Cross Society of China, met with Bill Gates at the Chinese Red Cross Society, where the two sides discussed and exchanged views on their ongoing key projects and discussed and discussed how to promote global health in the future. The two sides introduced and exchanged key projects in progress, and discussed and discussed how to promote global health in the future. Chen welcomed Bill Gates’ visit, thanked the Gates Foundation for its assistance in China’s public health and development sector, and briefed Him on the current research and achievements of the Chinese Red Cross in the fight against diseasein in other countries and regions, including countries along the Belt and Road. and the work and efforts made in China to promote health. He said he was very hopeful and would welcome the Gates Foundation to join the projects.

Bill Gates acknowledges and appreciates China’s own efforts in disease prevention and other areas, as well as for its contribution to helping other countries and regions fight disease, and positively evaluates some of the disease prevention and treatment projects currently underway by the Red Cross Society of China. He hoped that China would make a greater contribution to global health in the future.

Yu Fulong, Vice President of the Red Cross Society of China, and Li Yino, Chief Representative of the Beijing Representative of the Gates Foundation, attended the meeting.

A series of events during Bill Gates’ visit revolve around the Gates Foundation’s focus on China, reflecting the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to China. By deepening its cooperation with our Chinese partners, the Gates Foundation is committed to supporting China in addressing existing public health and poverty challenges in china, continuously enhancing its innovative capabilities in the field of health and development, and making greater contributions to the health and well-being of Chinese, while supporting China to share its successful experiences. Become a stronger global health and development partner.

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