To combat the rapidly escalating COVID-19 epidemic in Italy, China’s third expert team against the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy departed on March 25, 2020. I joined the expert team on March 25–April 8, 2020. As the chairman of Italian Red Cross, Francesco Rocca, said he appreciated the Chinese experts who, after their arduous work on the front lines of China for over a month, chose to move ahead by flying to Italy to offer help (1). Medical experts of Italian National Institute of infectious diseases said that Chinese experts have gained a great deal of experience that Italy urgently needs, and that due to the considerable success China has had in fighting the epidemic, they wanted to work with Chinese experts on an international level in Italy (2).
However, there have been some concerns on whether China’s experience in fighting COVID-19 could also be practical for European countries. In fact, making the best practices and lessons learned in China to be applicable in other regions to solve joint public health issues has been a major challenge for me. The goal of this paper is to introduce my personal experiences working in Italy, which is organized into the following several points: identifying problems through rapid assessment, forming recommendations based on evidence, and communicating for action. In addition, effective preparation is essential to ensure effective and efficient work of international aid.