A Tripartite Partnership in Health
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has proposed the China-Harvard-Africa Network (CHAN): A Tripartite Partnership in Health to conduct collaborative training, research, and capacity building programs to advance global health. The proposal has been well received by the Ministry of Health of China, the China Global Health Network, the Africa Research, Implementation Science and Education (ARISE) Network, and over 20 leading public health institutions in China and Africa.
The China-Harvard-Africa Network is being formed in light of global health threats and opportunities facing the world today. Both Africa and China have made important gains in a range of public health areas in recent decades. Maternal and child health have improved significantly and meaningful progress has been made in tackling diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. However, much remains to be done, and today’s social, economic, and environmental dynamics present new challenges. Noncommunicable diseases are on the rise, exacerbated by inadequate health systems infrastructure. Under-nutrition and over-nutrition are increasingly common in the same communities. And outbreaks of infectious disease such as Ebola continue to threaten public health. Harvard University has a longstanding commitment to China and Africa. Through regional health partnerships at Harvard Chan, our faculty, researchers, and students engage in research, teaching, and knowledge translation to address some of the most critical public health issues with our partners. Through this Network, we hope to leverage our collective knowledge, experience, and strengths to build cross-regional collaborations, while enhancing the quality, sustainability, and effectiveness of health systems in each region.
The China-Harvard-Africa Network would serve as a platform for innovation in research and education, bringing together leading institutions of public health and governmental entities. The Network strives to create, disseminate, and translate knowledge as well as nurture the next generation of experts and leaders of global public health in China and Africa. Through training, research, and engagement, the Network will increase our knowledge of large-scale global health interventions and establish best practices for the benefit of all. This is a moment of significant opportunity to create a tripartite partnership between China, Harvard and Africa that will lead to innovative research, better-informed policy decisions, and improved public health practices. Ultimately, the China-Harvard-Africa Network aims to have real and lasting positive effects on the health of our world’s most vulnerable populations.
The first convening workshop will be held April 28 to April 30, 2016 at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Approximately 40 invited senior scholars and experts from China and Africa will meet with Harvard faculty and researchers for in-depth discussions on common interests, collaborative work, and concrete objectives. We expect that the workshop will lay a solid foundation for multilateral collaborations in the years to come.