Keyword: Health

Social workers spurred into action against coronavirus

The present time is a critical period for the prevention and control of the pneumonia outbreaks linked to the new coronavirus. As an important part of the social forces and the professional and technical personnel engaged in specialized social service work, the majority of social workers are actively involved in epidemic prevention and related work. China’s “Charity Times” recently reported on the efforts made nationally to organize social workers to participate in the struggle against the epidemic. As the respected outlet reported, the China Social Work Federation has released the “Proposal to National Social Workers” and the “Manual for Social Workers for Pneumonia Prevention and Control of the New Coronavirus …read more

As the Red Cross faces criticism for its handling of coronavirus medical supplies, donors turn to the Han Hong Foundation

The Hubei chapter of the Red Cross Society of China has come under strong criticism from the public for allegedly failing to make the best use of the donations of medical supplies that have poured in from across China. In the midst of the current coronavirus outbreak in Hubei province, local hospitals are struggling to come across sufficient medical supplies. Controversy was sparked by a recent report stating that, out of the two million masks donated from across the country, only around 200,000 have actually been delivered to the hospitals. Furthermore, another report from the respected outlet Caixin claimed that the huge local warehouse of the Red Cross was filled with donated …read more

Beyond the Coronavirus: a Safer Food System for China

Beyond the Coronavirus: a Safer Food System for China

The recent outbreak of a new respiratory disease in Wuhan has been traced back to a market selling live and wild animals. This article presents some policy recommendations for avoiding such outbreaks in the future.

Activity held in Changping for World AIDS Day

On the 26th of November the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held an activity in the Beijing District of Changping to mark World AIDS Day, held globally on the first of December, and also to continue carrying forward the promotion of the “National Month of AIDS Testing and Consultation”. The deputy director of the Disease Control Bureau of the National Health Commission, Zhou Yuhui, addressed the event and pointed out that the HIV epidemic in China is still severe, the social factors involved are numerous and complex, and the prevention and control task is very arduous. Mr. Zhou stressed the need to take the construction of the fourth comprehensive AIDS …read more

American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine registers representative office in Hainan

The overseas NGO management office of the Hainan public security department recently issued a registration certificate to the Hainan representative office of the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M). The head of the Hainan health committee and the chief representative of the Hainan representative office of A4M both attended the ceremony. The head of the overseas NGO management office first congratulated A4M on successfully registering their representative office, and then put forward three working requirements: First of all, they should strictly follow the OGO Management Law to carry out activities in China, and help the construction of Hainan’s free trade zone. Secondly, A4M should submit an annual activity plan and …read more

The Ai You Foundation’s innovative child healthcare projects explained

Editor’s note This report is based on an article by the Charity Times, 超11亿投入 爱佑儿童医疗三次创变探索救助之道, originally published on the 17th of June. The Charity Times’ article is loosely based on an interview with Gao Zifei, the assistant secretary-general of the Ai You Foundation. The Ai You Foundation has long been considered one of China’s most important charitable foundations.   The Ai You Foundation’s founder Wang Bing recently gave his predictions regarding the Chinese charity sector in a strategic cooperation conference entitled “Create a nice and healthy future with charity and medical care”. As he said, “the Charity industry will no longer focus on only providing help. Solving social problems in a systematic …read more

World Bicycle Day celebrated across China

June 3 was designated as World Bicycle Day by the United Nations General Assembly in April 2018, with the aim of celebrating and promoting bicycle use around the world. This resolution was the result of a petition by Montgomery College Professor Leszek Sibilski and his sociology students, who started a grassroots campaign to promote World Bicycle Day, eventually gaining supports from 57 nations. The goal is to raise public awareness on emission reduction, and also encourage a healthy lifestyle. This year many Chinese cities have actively participated in celebrating the second World Bicycle Day, with various activities held all over the country over the weekend. In Chengdu, the People’s Government …read more

Rehabilitation and relief system for disabled children to be launched nationwide

Currently there are 1,678,000 disabled children under six years old in China, and every year there are 200,000 new disabled children. It is important to diagnose illnesses and disabilities in children as early as possible in order to have better outcomes. To help parents recognise problems earlier and seek treatment, the following measures have been implemented in China: 2009 – “Management for neonatal screening” to identify illnesses in new borns 2013 – regular testing of 0-6 year olds for vision, hearing, four limbs, cognitive ability and autism 2017 – free testing of psychological and mental behaviour development for 0-6 year olds From the 1st of October 2018 China’s first rehabilitation and …read more

China House launches project to combat FGM in Kenya

China House launches project to combat FGM in Kenya

This is an article put together by China House, discussing a project they have undertaken to fight against FGM in Kenya.   Angela, a Maasai woman in her fifties, lives in an eastern Kenya township with the tradition of practicing FGM (female genital mutilation). Because of her education and Christian beliefs, Angela changed her attitude towards circumcision. When her mother-in-law insisted on circumcising Angela’s daughter, she calmly said: “I’ll do it myself.” Then Angela took her daughter out and never did it.  Today Angela has become an activist fighting for women’s rights as the cofounder of the Maasai Girls Life-Time-Dream Foundation in Oloitoktok. The organization has collaborated with a Chinese organization …read more

Three Years of Smoke-Free Legislation: A Healthier Beijing

Three Years of Smoke-Free Legislation: A Healthier Beijing

Editor’s Note This article was originally published on the World Health Organization’s WeChat Account. Please find the original here, in both Chinese and English.   Three years ago, Beijing implemented smoke-free laws that made it illegal to smoke indoors and in public places. Although three years may not seem like a long time, Beijing’s smoke-free legislation has already had a far reaching positive impact on the lives of many. Here are some stories from those who have experienced the positive effects of smoke-free laws. Yan Cuicui, mother of two children: “Before Beijing’s smoke free legislation came into effect, I avoided bringing my child to public places where people smoke. Then, …read more

The first national directory of rare diseases published

Last Tuesday, the 22nd of May 2018, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the State Drug Administration, the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology jointly published the “First Directory of Rare Diseases”, including 121 different rare diseases. To strengthen the work of prevention against rare diseases in China and to safeguard the health of the general public, an expert committee for the treatment and protection of sufferers of rare diseases was commissioned in December 2015. In 2017 they started work on a national directory of rare diseases. Now the inaugural directory has been …read more

Charity event on cervical cancer prevention held in Xi’an

A charity event for the Maternal and Health Promotion Project was held at the Xi’an No. 1 Hospital on April 10. Yan Feng, a member of the Working Committee on Children and Women of Xi’an and deputy inspector of the women’s federation, Ren Junheng, secretary-general of the Shaanxi Women and Children Development Foundation, and Shao Jing, vice president of the Hospital, all participated in the activity. Ren Junheng presented the hospital with the “Cervical Cancer Screening Center” on behalf of the Shaanxi Women and Children Development Foundation, and donated free HPV Cervical Cancer Screening Cards for a total value of about 300,000 yuan. During the ceremony, Ren Junheng, Yan Feng and …read more

United Family's charitable foundation officially registers

United Family’s charitable foundation officially registers

The United Foundation for China’s Health has successfully passed the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ approval process, thus becoming a legally registered Chinese non-public fundraising foundation. The charitable foundation was initiated by the United Family Healthcare Group which manages Beijing United Family Hospital, one of the most exclusive hospitals in the Chinese capital. Its aim is to make the best use of the resources of United Family Healthcare and provide people and communities in need with high-quality healthcare. Beijing United Family Hospital, located in a north-eastern suburb of the city, came into existence in 1997, marking the establishment of the first foreign-invested private hospital since the founding of People’s Republic of China. The …read more

500 million Chinese reported to now have a family doctor

The Forum of Chinese Family Doctors was held in Beijing on the 17th of December. According to a recent report by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), which was quoted during the forum, more than 95% of the cities in China had launched a project to sign contracts with family doctors by November 2017, and more than 500 million people had family doctors, covering more than 35% of the total population. The figures have provoked a certain skepticism in Chinese Internet forums, where many complained that while they sincerely hoped this to be true, the fact is that they do not actually have a family doctor. What’s more, statistics published …read more

AIDS in China: More than an epidemic

Since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in China, people’s cognitions towards HIV/AIDS have varied over time yet one thing remains the same, that is the otherization of the group with HIV. The discussions about HIV/AIDS have gone far beyond its scale as a physiological disease and has turned into a social debate, which intensifies the public’s fear of HIV/AIDS and widens the distance between the HIV carriers and mainstream society. When HIV was brought to China by an Argentinian traveler in 1985, the People’s Daily published a series of reports related to HIV/AIDS and described AIDS as a “contagious cancer” from the West. From 1985 to 1999, AIDS was …read more

The Struggle Against Autism in China

The Struggle Against Autism in China

Chinese parents found online platform that provides free evaluation and intervention plan to battle against autism.

General Survey of Chinese transgender population released

General Survey of Chinese transgender population released

A national quantitative survey of the Chinese transgender population, with the largest sample size to date, has been published by a Beijing LGBT organization. The National Survey of the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Population in China was released to the public on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Beijing. The survey was initiated by the Beijing LGBT Center and the Department of Sociology of Peking University, with support from the Dutch embassy. The published report is not only a pioneering academic research but also a channel for Chinese trans people to make their voices heard. During the press conference, Dutch ambassador Ed …read more

Local doctor administers vaccines for 38 years in mountainous areas of Hubei

Local doctor administers vaccines for 38 years in mountainous areas of Hubei

Recently a video of doctor Wang Chunsheng, who has given vaccinations to children in mountainous areas in Xi’an county, Hubei province, for 38 years, has earned people’s attention and praise online. Doctor Wang is 63 years old this year, and he was re-employed after retirement by the health center of Xi’an county, where he was born and grew up. Back in 1975, a severe measles outbreak occurred in the area and more than 20 children were infected. Wang was an amateur doctor at that time and all he could do was witness how the villagers begged gods and shamans to expel the disease instead of accepting doctors’ help. Tragically all …read more