Keyword: Health

Chinese charity project offers free surgeries in Myanmar

Chinese charity project offers free surgeries in Myanmar

  On May 20, a project linked to China’s One Belt and One Road initiative began offering surgery to impoverished cataracts patients in Myanmar’s ex-capital and largest city, Yangon. With plans to offer the cataract surgery to some 200 patients, the initiative is part of a program called “Overseas Chinese love is bright”. The activity is jointly sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China, the Yunnan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and the Aier Eye Hospital. Doctor’s from the Hospital, which is located in Kunming, arrived on May 19 and immediately began work performing surgery on more than 40 patients. On the morning of May 20, an official …read more

Beijing Normal University releases report on sexual harassment on campus

Beijing Normal University releases report on sexual harassment on campus

Part of the report illustrates an increasing rate in sexual harassment cases.  Beijing Normal University has released a report entitled “the Silence of the Iron Lion – Beijing Normal University’s Campus Sexual Harassment Survey”, which looks at 60 cases of sexual harassment over a ten-year span, analyzing their locations and times. The report highlights that cases of sexual harassment have been happening frequently over the past years, with many victims opting to stay silent. In releasing the report, the University hopes to reveal why people don’t say “no” to sexual harassment and encourage people to stand up to it. Meanwhile, the report also aims to analyze the power dynamics between …read more

Teenager with autism passes away in Guangdong support center

Lei Wenfeng, a teenager diagnosed with autism, passed away eight days before his sixteenth birthday. None of those around him realized he was this young because his skin was dark, he was unusually tall and he was growing a beard. Some people guessed him to be as old as 24 based on his appearance. On October 19, 2016 he was admitted to a support center in Shenzhen for medical treatment. However Wenfeng died less than two months later at another support center in Guangdong’s Xinfeng County on December 3. His story, which has been reported by the Chinese media, has highlighted the difficult conditions faced by many runaway teenagers in …read more

Sex ed books for primary schoolers shock Chinese parents

  A series of primary school sex education textbooks that candidly explains the topics of intercourse, sexual orientation, and gender equality has made some Chinese parents question whether 7 years old is too young to learn about the birds and the bees. The online discussion was kicked off by a mother from Hangzhou, a city in the eastern province of Zhejiang, who was astonished to find illustrations of reproductive organs in a textbook for second-grade students. She took to microblog platform Weibo to voice her complaints, writing: “Do children nowadays start studying these things in their second year of primary school?” A textbook illustration shows a boy refusing to let …read more

Chinese medical institutions no longer allowed to reject HIV-positive patients

According to the “Thirteenth Five-Year Action Plan for Containing and Curing AIDS”, published recently by the General Office of the State Council, medical and sanitary institutes must strengthen their first diagnosis responsibility system by accepting all patients regardless of their AIDS status. In addition, the Action Plan points out hurdles in tackling the spread of AIDS in China, which include identifying AIDS patients, eradicating the use of drugs through injection, decreasing prenatal and blood transfusion infections and confronting social discrimination towards HIV-positive people. Additionally, the Action Plan points out that there are still many undiscovered HIV-positive people, most likely because of an increase in infections among homosexuals, a surge of infections among young adults and …read more

Gay Mom Asks China's Congress to Allow IVF for Unmarried Women

Gay Mom Asks China’s Congress to Allow IVF for Unmarried Women

This report was originally published by SixthTone. Click here to see the original. A lesbian mother of twins petitioned all 673 female members of the National People’s Congress on Tuesday afternoon, asking them to propose and support legislation giving unmarried women access to assisted reproductive technologies. “Xiaochen,” as she prefers to be known to protect her family’s privacy, lives in Shenzhen in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, just a stone’s throw from Hong Kong, with her female partner of 10 years. Though the couple already have twins, they want to see a change to legislation that permits only married couples to access donor sperm and technologies such as in vitro …read more

Luo Er, thank you for leaving us without an answer

Luo Er, thank you for leaving us without an answer

Shenzhen man Luo Er’s attempt to raise funds for the treatment of his five-year old daughter, struck with leukaemia, turned into one of the most controversial incidents of the year for China’s charity sector. This article by Southern Weekly provides an in-depth analysis of the whole affair.

Working towards an AIDS-free generation in China

According to statistics from China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people living with HIV in China had reached 654,000 by September 2016. About 94.2% of the new cases were transmitted through sexual behaviour. Wang Yu, the director of CDC, warned that although the overall infection rate is not high, the situation concerning HIV/AIDS in China remains serious. On November 30th the Towards an AIDS Free Generation charity event was held for the third consecutive year to celebrate World AIDS Day under the theme of “joining forces for HIV prevention”. Blued Charity co-hosted the event with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health …read more

Charitable project aids children with congenital hand deformities

Charitable project aids children with congenital hand deformities

With the support of the Beijing Hongdao Charity Foundation’s “Don’t Let Go of the Hands” (爱不释手) project, a little girl named Shiyuan, who suffered from a congenital deformity of her right hand, underwent a successful operation in Beijing’s Jishuitan Hospital on September 19, 2016. When Shiyuan’s gauze was removed, seeing her rehabilitated right hand her family burst into tears. When Shiyuan was born, she was found to be suffering from hexadactylia on her right hand (in other words, she was born with six fingers). Shiyuan’s family decided to put off the operation to remove the additional finger until she was a little older. When Shiyuan turned four, she became very self-conscious …read more

Independent Life project helps the disabled integrate into society

Independent Life project helps the disabled integrate into society

The graduation ceremony of the third Independent Life project was held by the China-dolls Centre for Rare Disorders in the Tiantan Youth Activity Centre in Beijing on November 7th. The project is committed to cultivating disabled people’s ability to live independently and autonomously. It included four courses on the topics of “self-acceptance”, “family growth”, “social interaction” and “independent behavior”. The project lasted for half a year, with the aim of helping disabled people become more independent and gradually integrate into society. The performance at the graduation ceremony focused on living an independent life. Students were fully responsible for every stage of their performance, from the planning, design and layout to …read more

Chinese and African youth fight together against AIDS

Chinese and African youth fight together against AIDS

A charitable activity entitled “working together, promoting friendship and creating a better future” was held in the Affiliated High School of Peking University on October 31st. The event was organized by the China-Africa Business Council and the China Social Assistance Foundation’s “Increase Love, Reduce AIDS” fund. Its stated aim was to encourage African and Chinese teenagers to go forward hand in hand and create a bright future together. The first lady of Malawi Gertrude Mutharika, the ambassador of UNAIDS Su Kailin and the secretary general of the China-Africa Business Council Wang Xiaoyong all attended. The first lady of Malawi, who is also the vice-chairwoman of the Organization of African First Ladies Against …read more

“Mekong Bright Action” brings brightness to poor cataract patients in Laos

“Mekong Bright Action” brings brightness to poor cataract patients in Laos

The launching ceremony of the “Mekong Bright Action” project was held in Vientiane, Laos on October 14th. During the following month, Chinese medical teams will travel to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma and other countries and perform free operations for 800 poor cataract patients. The project’s seeds were sown during the first meeting of the Lancang-Mekong River Cooperation, which was hosted in Sanya, Hainan, on March 23rd 2016. The leaders of Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam all attended. During the meeting, China promised to cultivate talents in the field of public health and carry out “Bright Action” to help poor cataract patients in these five countries regain their eyesight. The “Mekong …read more

Report on financial fraud against the elderly released

The Zhicheng Public Interest Group, an organization that provides free legal assistance to marginalized groups, has recently released a report on economic crimes against the elderly. In recent years there has been much concern over an increase in financial fraud against the elderly. Since being set up in July, the Beijing legal services hotline has received 935 requests of advice from the elderly, 21% of which came from victims of financial fraud. Financial products, business projects, health care products and pyramid sales are all being used to cheat elderly people out of their savings. Zhicheng’s report, released on the 9th of September, is entitled “Risk report on economic crimes against the …read more

Health and poverty alleviation forum held in Beijing

Health and poverty alleviation forum held in Beijing

The Health and Poverty Alleviation Forum was held by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), the Poverty Alleviation Office of the State Council (PAO) and the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) in Beijing on October 16th, 2016, in order to mark the National Poverty Alleviation Day. The deputy director of the NHFPC Wang Peian, the deputy director of the PAO Zheng Wenkai, the vice-chairman of the CDPF Wang Naikun and the chairman of the China Population Welfare Foundation (CPWF) Zhao Bingtian attended the forum and gave speeches. During the forum, the “China social assistance platform for serious illnesses” (www.zgdbjz.org.cn) was launched. It is based on a database of …read more

Medical centre for children’s eye care built in Tibet

Medical centre for children’s eye care built in Tibet

On August 26 a permanent medical centre for children’s eye care was launched at the People’s Hospital of Lhasa, the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, as part of the Eye Care Action Program. The center is the result of an agreement which the Hoson Foundation and the Beijing Children’s Hospital, subordinated to the Capital Medical University, respectively signed with the People’s Hospital of Lhasa. According to the agreement, the medical centre aims to popularise eyesight examinations for children, build a case system, spread eye care knowledge for children, assist eye care research in high altitude areas and carry out telemedicine and medical training. The building of the permanent eye care centre …read more

China Red Cross Foundation launches a special fund to help underprivileged patients

Statistics show that illness ranks as one of the top reasons for poverty in various regions of China. People with serious illnesses often try to raise money through the Internet. But according to the new Charity Law, only organizations that are qualified for public fund-raising can raise funds on designated Internet platforms. In view of the above, the China Red Cross Foundation (中国红十字基金会), a public fund-raising foundation, together with the Beijing Qingsongchou Network Technology (北京轻松筹网络科技公司), launched the Qingsongchou Micro Fund.  The Fund aims to create an online self-service assistance and fund-raising platform for underprivileged patients. The founders summarized the model of the Qingsongchou Micro Fund with three features:  “Digital Application”, which means …read more

Hony Social Impact Center: an investment platform connecting charity to commerce

A new investment platform, the Hony Social Impact Center (弘毅社会影响力中心), has just emerged in China. In recent years, “Social Impact Investment” that tries to connect charity to commerce has been favored by many charitable organizations and social enterprises. A need was thus felt for an investment platform caring about social value that could maximize the benefits of this combination of charity and commerce. At present the center is still in its start-up stage, but two pilot projects have already been selected: “Hands on” and “Generation Bridge”. The “Hands on” project is jointly sponsored by the 3D-printing Industry Alliance (3D打印企业联盟), Wiki Factory (维基新工厂) and other organizations working in different fields. The project aims …read more

Range of free antiviral therapy for people with AIDS expanded by the Chinese government

Yesterday, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China announced that following the latest technical standards published by the WTO and the suggestions made by domestic experts, it has decided to adapt the standard of free antiviral therapy offered to people with AIDS and further expand the treatment’s coverage. The National Health and Family Planning Commission recommends that all AIDS-infected people and patients receive antiviral therapy. However, free antiviral therapy should be administered under the principle of voluntariness and the premise of pre-treatment consultation. The relevant medical organizations ought to try and eliminate the contraindications of antiviral therapy and not force people with AIDS to receive the therapy. They …read more