The globalization of health issues is becoming ever more important in the international development agenda. Overall progress of global development has been directly impacted by an increasingly large gap in health between poor countries and the world average, inequality in global health and many countries’slow progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, China has made great progress in improving the health of its population and has many valuable lessons and concepts to share with other developing countries. In recent years, China has increased its participation in global health affairs and has given assistance
to other developing countries recent years, China has increased its participation in global health affairs and has given assistance to other developing countries in the health field. To date, however, China still faces many challenges due to its limited experience of, and capacity for, participation in global health affairs.
Against the above background, the government of China and the government of UK, based on long-term successful cooperation in the past, have determined to take ‘global health’ as a new field for ongoing bilateral strategic cooperation. On September 17, 2012, the Memorandum of Understanding for the Global Health Support Programme was signed between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). According to the MOU, DFID will provide funds to support technical cooperation through the programme.
GHSP is a China-UK partnership contributing to improving global health policy and outcomes. The programme will help China improve its contribution to global health and achieve the potential of its collaboration. The programme will be implemented between 2012 and 2017, with a total budget of £12 million. Four outputs will be achieved through a series of planned activities.
Main Activities：Conduct relevant studies and summarize and distill China’s successful experience and useful practices in
such areas as disease prevention and control, reproductive health and maternal and child health, health
system improvement, and health management and policy. Analyze the importance of the Chinese experi-
ence for other developing countries and lay a solid theoretical foundation for using the fruits of Chinese
experience in carrying out pilots programmes.
The programme is governed by a Strategic Oversight Committee (SOC) composed of senior representatives from the China National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), MOFCOM and DFID. The SOC will provide strategic oversight for the programme and lead its overall implementation. The Programme Management Office (PMO), contracted through open tender, is established in the Center for Project Supervision and Management (CPSM) of China’s former Ministry of Health, and is responsible for the management of the programme. The Technical Adviso- ry Group (TAG) is made up of independent experts or representatives of organizations
and provides technical advice and direction for programme implementation. Concrete activities under the programme will be organized and implemented by Programme Implementation Agencies (PIAs), including principal agencies and collaborative agencies.
In 2013, PMO selected a series of project implementing agencies through open tender, including the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases of the Chinese CDC, Fudan University Global Health Institute, Peking University School of Public Health, the China National Health Development Research Center and Fudan University School of Public Health. Subprojects under programme output 1 to 3 will be led and implemented by these institutions. An outline is given here; detailed information is given in the following pages.