Keyword: Health

General Survey of Chinese transgender population released

General Survey of Chinese transgender population released

A national quantitative survey of the Chinese transgender population, with the largest sample size to date, has been published by a Beijing LGBT organization. The National Survey of the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Population in China was released to the public on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Beijing. The survey was initiated by the Beijing LGBT Center and the Department of Sociology of Peking University, with support from the Dutch embassy. The published report is not only a pioneering academic research but also a channel for Chinese trans people to make their voices heard. During the press conference, Dutch ambassador Ed …read more

Local doctor administers vaccines for 38 years in mountainous areas of Hubei

Local doctor administers vaccines for 38 years in mountainous areas of Hubei

Recently a video of doctor Wang Chunsheng, who has given vaccinations to children in mountainous areas in Xi’an county, Hubei province, for 38 years, has earned people’s attention and praise online. Doctor Wang is 63 years old this year, and he was re-employed after retirement by the health center of Xi’an county, where he was born and grew up. Back in 1975, a severe measles outbreak occurred in the area and more than 20 children were infected. Wang was an amateur doctor at that time and all he could do was witness how the villagers begged gods and shamans to expel the disease instead of accepting doctors’ help. Tragically all …read more

A perspective on China's ban on importing foreign waste

A perspective on China’s ban on importing foreign waste

This July, China announced a ban on the import of 24 types of solid waste by the end of the year, with the motivation of protecting its environmental interests and the public’s health. Three month into the new regulations, Hu Boyang from Narada Insight shared his perspective on the ban. China has been a top destination for waste for years, importing garbage from around the world for recycling to secure cheap commodities for manufacturers, at the risk however of severe environmental costs. To elaborate Hu takes Guiyu, the notorious E-Waste town in Guangdong, as an example: the considerable profits from the recycling of electronics has brought thousands of workshops to …read more

Fund creates a safety net for children with critical illnesses

Deng Fei, the creator of the well-known “free lunch” (免费午餐) initiative, has now started a “Critical Illness Insurance” program providing help to children with serious diseases. The idea originated when Deng Fei visited the first “Free Lunch School” in Qianxi Town, Guizhou Province. At the school he came into contact with a girl who had pulmonary tuberculosis and was not being treated. It turned out that her father also had the same illness, and her family could not afford the medical care for both, so they chose to only treat the father, since he was the breadwinner. This experience inspired Deng to start the “Insurance Charity Fund for Chinese rural …read more

Angelmom: chiseling a survival channel for children with thalassemia

Angelmom: chiseling a survival channel for children with thalassemia

The Beijing Angelmom Charity Foundation started providing aid to poor children with thalassemia five years ago, after a distraught mother from Guanxi province sought help for her son, Jingsheng. While the rest of the family had given up on him, his mother refused to, and brought her son to Beijing to look for help with the following words: “if my child’s disease is curable, then cure it; if not, I will just die with him”. With the help of Angelmom, Jingsheng was able to continue living. “Little Jingsheng made us aware of thalassemia”, executive vice-president of Angelmom Qiu Lili says, “but another child with this disease that we wanted to …read more

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