China, African first ladies launch health campaign for Orphans

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The Organisation of African First Ladies for Development and the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Peng Liyuan, have jointly initiated a healthcare campaign for African orphans.

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The China-Africa Joint Action ‘Warm Children’s Hearts’ was launched ahead of International Children’s Day.

So far, Chinese Embassies and medical teams in African countries have visited children in local orphanages and relevant institutions and carried out free medical checks and donations of care bags.

The Chinese first lady, in her remarks, said China is Africa’s forever friend and sincere partner.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the dispatch of medical teams to Africa by the Chinese government. The Chinese medical teams have actively assisted the people of African countries and become envoys to carry forward the China-Africa friendship.

Peng expressed her hope that the health care campaign for African orphans could pass on warmth and care to children, as well as improve the health and well-being of African children.

She said it will also contribute to building a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era.

Monica Geingos, the rotating president of OAFLAD and wife to the President of Namibia, as well as members of the federation, responded positively and expressed high appreciation for Peng’s long-time care.

Geingos thanked her support for the development of the cause of women and children in Africa.

She noted that presidents, first ladies, and senior officials from many African countries attended relevant associated events in their own countries, where the atmosphere was warm and touching.

The Namibian first lady said true friendship knows no distance and China is a close neighbour even though it is thousands of miles apart.

She further expressed sincere gratitude to China for its selfless help and invaluable support to Africa for a long time.

“We are also looking forward to writing a new chapter for the Africa-China friendship and creating a better future together,” she added.

 

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