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[Comment] Harnessing China’s universities for global health

In 1963, China’s medical teams became its signature programme for international health outreach work.1 15 years later, the so-called barefoot doctor approach for training locals in basic medical care2 inspired the global primary health care initiative at Alma-Ata.3 Since 2015, China has launched a series of international programmes: the Cape Town Declaration;1 a new global development fund with an initial US$2 billion;4 and the “six 100s” initiative, which aims to make available 100 programmes for poverty reduction, agricultural cooperation, trade promotion, and environment protection in addition to 100 new hospitals and clinics and 100 schools and vocational projects.