Workshop on global health:Feasibility of transferring Chinese experiences on schistosomiasis control into Africa

For the purpose of summarize experiences on schistosomiasis prevention and control in China, and enhance international influence, Workshop on global health: feasibility of transferring Chinese experiences on schistosomiasis control into Africa schistosomiasis prevention and control work was held by the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NIPD) from April 26 to 29, 2015 in Shanghai. A total of 32 delegates participated the meeting, including attendants from Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Sichuan, Hunan and Hubei provinces, experts from Wuhan University and Beijing Forestry University, Prof David Rollinsonand Aidan Emery from the British Museum of Natural History were invited to the meeting. Prof Zhou Xiaonong, director of the NIPD attended the meeting, which was Dr Li Shizhu, deputy director of NIPD presided the meeting.

Firstly, Dr Li Shizhu introduced the background of the meeting, he required participants from relative provinces make great efforts to write the scientific papers on different schistosomiasis topics respectively under the guidance of Prof David Rollinson, who is the editor in chief for the journal ‘Advance in Parasitology’. These papers built on valuable experiences and lessons learnt on schistosomiasis control in China will provide a consolidated basis for the technology transferring to Africa. Prof Zhou Xiaonong opened his session on with a presentation on global health and schistosomiasis prevention, which summarized Chinese experiences on schistosomiasis control experience. Prof David Rollinson and Dr Aidan Emery introduced the African schistosomiasis control and the research and the British museum of natural history specimens of schistosomiasis acquisition project, respectively. Dr Yang Kun, deputy director of Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases made the presentation on China-Zanzibar cooperation project on schistosomiasis control, and Dr Dai Jianrong from the same institute talked about the approaches to control of the intermediate snail hosts of schistosome. Participants discussed on the know-how of transferring Chinese technology to Africa, including the applicability and challenges. Experts from all provinces then gave presentations on the progress of paper writing, which covered various topics on control experiences in different endemic regions and areas, such as lake and marshland areas, hilly regions, disease surveillance and data analysis, new techniques and application, policy and resources and health education.  Prof David Rollinson and Dr Aidan Emery discussed with all presenters and requested detailed improvement on each paper. It was required to focus on the overall architecture and correct some of the structures, and focal point on each paper must be highlighted. Prof David Rollinson underlined that each manuscript should be linked with each other where applicable. New advances and technology need to be illustrated in the papers.

Prof Zhou Xiaonong concluded the meeting by presenting the main points presented and discussed during each of the sessions. He thanked all participants for the generous input and constructive comments throughout the meeting. On behalf of the NIPD, he thanked Prof David Rollinson Dr Aidan Emery for their great help on improving the manuscripts. Based on the feedback and suggestions from the participants, he asked for speed-up of the improvement and set a timeline for the delivery of all these draft papers.