rural health care

Translation: My Hometown Survived the Pandemic

Even before the lifting of China’s long-standing “zero-COVID” policy in early December of last year, there were signs of a surge in Omicron cases nationwide. Since then, China has experienced a tsunami of infections—first in...

China’s Revised COVID Death Totals Met With Skepticism

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...

China Eyes Completing Health Care Reforms by 2020

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...

Rural China Misses ‘Barefoot Doctors’

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...

China to Provide Basic Medical Care for All Rural Residents by 2010 – Xinhua

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 […]

Pensions Just a Dream for China’s Aging Villagers – Lindsay Beck

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 […]

CDT ChinaCast: Interview with PRI’s Mary Kay Magistad

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...

China’s Leaders Pledge Help for Rural Poor – Elaine Kurtenbach

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. […]

The high price of illness in China – Louisa Lim

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 […]

Barefoot Doctors Make a Comeback In Rural China – Peter Wonacott

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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