Ministry of Health

China Unveils Plans for Streamlined Government

China’s State Council has submitted widely-anticipated plans for the restructuring of several government agencies to the National People’s Congress. The seventh such initiative in the past 30 years, the new plan aims...

NPC May Establish Unified Food and Drug Agency

Among the most anticipated policy unveilings at the ongoing Two Sessions is the likely consolidation of some of China’s 27 ministries and countless lower-level government bodies. The State Administration for Radio, Film...

Chinese Farms Breed Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

In 2011, human consumption of antibiotics in China was ten times the global average. Because overuse of the drugs can give rise to resistance in the bacteria they target, the Health Ministry has repeatedly promised to cut down...

Li Meets AIDS Activists as HIV Rates Rise

China’s Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that HIV rates have risen through the first ten months of the year, according to Xinhua News: From January to October, 16,131 new cases of HIV infections among citizens...

Can Volunteer Program Clean Up Donor System?

A senior health official claimed that China will curb the use executed prisoners as a source of organ transplants while bolstering a volunteer donor program that it hopes will help to limit the much-criticized practice: Nearly...

China Hastens End to Post-Execution Organ Harvesting

The practice of harvesting transplant organs from executed prisoners is one of China’s most infamous human rights violations. In March, vice health minister Huang Jiefu announced that it would soon be phased out in favour...

China Investigates ‘Golden Rice’

As China tightens food safety regulations amid various accusations, including the discovery of a cancer-causing toxin in baby formula, China is now investigating claims that genetically-modified ‘Golden Rice’ was tested on...

China's Birth Defects Jump Sharply

“Environmental changes” in China contributed to a 70% rise in birth defects between 1996 and 2010, from 0.88% to 1.49%, according to China Radio International: Congenital heart disease, hyperdactylism, cleft lip with...

Suicide ‘Leading Cause of Death’ for Young Chinese

A new survey finds that suicide remains the leading cause of death among young Chinese. The survey, released by the state center for disease control and the Beijing Huilongguan Hospital, showed that suicide was the fifth leading...

“Food Won’t Be Safe Unless Journalists Are”

Following a Ministry of Health spokesman’s suggestion that journalists accused of scaremongering might be blacklisted, media commentator Bei Fangshuo argues that the media is “society’s immune system, not its...



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