China has been declared malaria-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) after a 70-year effort. It has been four years since the country has registered a case.
Pedro Alonso, the director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, says part of the success of eliminating such a deadly disease was China's long-term vision.
"This was a long-term plan, a long-term decision by the Chinese government, six or seven decades ago, to eliminate malaria when it was a major cause of disease, death and poverty,” Alonso told CGTN’s Global Business Europe program.
Alonso also pointed to the "sustained research culture," that led to China deploying insecticide-treated bed nets two or three decades ahead of any other country in the world.
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