Caixin holds webinar on ‘Building a global safety net against Covid-19’
Caixin Media, considered by many to be China’s most independent and professional news outlet, hosted a “Caixin Global Webinar” on April 27, on the topic of “Building a Global Safety Net Against Covid-19 — how American, European and Chinese NGOs are addressing the crisis and shaping the post-crisis world”. Speakers included Lu Mai, Vice Chairman of the China Development Research Foundation and Secretary General of the China Development Forum; Elizabeth Knup, director and chief representative of the Ford Foundation’s Beijing office; Gerry Salole, Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre (EFC); and Zhu Yanmei, Executive Director of the BGI Group and Secretary General of the Mammoth Foundation. Lu Mai spoke first, introducing …read more
China’s International NGOs in a Time of Pandemic
China appears to be over the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. How has the country’s resilient community of international NGOs adjusted its work to the unusual situation over the past few months? And what are the prospects for such organizations in the future?
Liu Youping: China’s Social Organizations Need to Break Free from their Bubble
An interview with a keen observer of China’s charity sector, discussing how Chinese philanthropy can best contribute to the struggle against COVID-19 both within the country and worldwide.
Jack Ma Foundation publishes handbook to share China’s experience of fighting COVID-19
The Jack Ma Foundation has published a handbook for medical staff worldwide, summarizing some of the lessons from China’s experience of dealing with the new COVID-19 outbreak. The philanthropic foundation named after the co-founder of Alibaba has published the handbook in multiple languages in partnership with the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, in order to share Chinese medical professionals’ best practices for dealing with the coronavirus with the international community. The handbook is long and detailed, with advice on topics ranging from the management of isolation wards and the protection of medical personnel from infection to the best strategies for treating the patients. This comes on the heels of other …read more
Volunteers aid Wuhan’s hearing-impaired community during the city’s lockdown
Beijing News (新京报) has reported on an admirable effort to assist the hearing-impaired community of Wuhan during the lockdown of the city. The effort has been spearheaded by a small group of volunteers, many of them with hearing impairments themselves, who set up an informal charity group back in 2014. The group, named 守语者, aims to create “equal opportunities for communication” for the hearing-impaired community in the city. The group’s leader, 30-year old Cui Jing, is the daughter of deaf parents. After the spread of the coronavirus in late January and the lockdown of the city, she quickly realized the urgency of the situation. The hard-of-hearing are particularly vulnerable in a public health crisis due to …read more
Civil Society Finds New Paths in Wuhan
Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, small groups of volunteers are coming together to help vulnerable groups with special needs in Wuhan and Hubei.
Deng Guosheng: how will the Coronavirus Outbreak Affect Chinese Charities?
Tsinghua professor Deng Guosheng talks about the effect that the current public health crisis will have on charities and their ability to work and fundraise over the next few years.
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
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
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
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
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