After reporting fewer than fifty coronavirus deaths since the end of the zero-COVID policy, Chinese health officials revised the death toll to 59,938 virus-related deaths in hospitals between December 8 and January 12. Experts...
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Jan 21, 2021
During a January 20 press conference, China’s National Health Commission stated that all hoping to return to countryside homes for next month’s Spring Festival must first get tested for COVID. The following day, Xinhua News...
May 8, 2014
Citing a report by independent charity Save the Children, Xinhua reports that the mortality rate...
Sep 12, 2013
At Bloomberg, Natasha Khan and Daryl Loo describe China’s $180 billion push to extend basic...
Sep 16, 2011
Research from Peking University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine finds that the death rate among newborn babies in China has fallen sharply since the mid-1990s. From Reuters: Deaths among newborn babies...
Feb 11, 2010
The LA Times writes about the growing health care crisis in China: Nie, who traveled 250 miles from Inner Mongolia by train, was lucky to be first in her line, boosting her odds of getting an appointment with one of the...
Apr 7, 2009
China is planning a major overhaul of its health care system which aims to provide care for 90% of the population by 2011 and for all citizens by 2020. Reuters reports: Beijing has already announced that it will spend about 850...
Jan 15, 2009
Asia Times takes a look at the history of China’s “barefoot doctors” and reforms in the economy and society that have left rural Chinese facing a potential health crisis: The rural health system started to...
Nov 7, 2007
From Xinhua: China has promised that its basic medical and health care system will cover all rural residents by 2010. The Ministry of Health, on behalf of the Chinese government, made the promise on Friday at a two-day forum on China’s rural health care services, organized jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the […]
Mar 2, 2007
From Reuters: Xie Huilan, 66, has worked all of her adult life and has never given a thought to retirement. Indeed, she and her 73-year-old husband work harder than ever, farming their plot of land in China’s northwestern province of Shaanxi and caring for their grandchildren, whose parents are migrant workers in the cities. “Of […]
Nov 28, 2006
In this edition of CDT ChinaCast’s Foreign Correspondents Series, seven-year China veteran Mary Kay Magistad of Public Radio International in Beijing talks about rural challenges such as health care and a lack of...
Mar 5, 2006
From the Associated Press (Link): There are no official statistics tallying the toll in suffering, but by most accounts, after nearly two decades of neglect, China is confronting a rural health crisis on a monumental scale. Up to 90 percent of the 800 million people in China’s countryside lack affordable medical care. Children go unvaccinated. […]
Mar 2, 2006
From the BBC (link): Dr Liu Quan trudges 20km (12 miles) a day along Sichuan’s muddy mountain paths on his rounds. A village doctor for the past 55 years, he was just 15 when he started practising as a third-generation herbalist. In the 1970s he received simple training under Chairman Mao’s programme to send “barefoot […]
Sep 25, 2005
From The Wall Street Journal, via A Glimpse of the World: Shortly after Li Chunyan married five years ago, she sold her wedding gifts ” two water buffaloes ” and set up a tiny medical clinic next door to a pigpen. Her only competition in this hamlet with no running water was a witch doctor […]
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