NGOs hoping to play a bigger role in China’s anti-smoking campaign
May 31st was World No-Tobacco Day and it was also the last day that the Beijing government will allow smoking in public places. From June 1st, the municipal government will implement it’s “Beijing Smoking Ban” (北京市控烟条例), which will ban smoking inside all public spaces. According to a Jiemian.com article, Chinese grassroots NGOs are hoping to play a bigger role in tobacco control nationwide. Both Friends of Nature and Yiyun (益云, 公益互联网) recently co-organized the “Put out Your Cigarette for Love” (为爱熄烟) event in support of the up-coming smoking ban. The event gained much attention and support from other NGOs. Furthermore, in previous years Chinese NGOs have been actively involved in tobacco control. For example, NGOs …read more
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Stephen Hallett of China Vision
An Interview with Stephen Hallett, Chair and Co-founder of China Vision, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
New regulation encourages private investment in elderly care sector
The Ministry of Civil Affairs published a new law on its website on February 25, 2015, titled “Notice on Opinions upon Encouraging Private Capital to Invest in Elderly Care Industry”(关于鼓励民间资本参与养老服务业发展的实施意见). It was issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, together with nine other government departments. According to the document, the government will encourage private investment in the elderly care service industry to help with its aging population. Non-governmental investors are encouraged to run elderly care facilities, including nursing homes and recreational centers. They can also cooperate with the government to form joint ventures to build and develop facilities for senior citizens.Tax incentives, favorable land-use policies, and other preferential policies for elderly …read more
China launches new plan for children development in impoverished areas
On January 15th, 2015, the State Council published the «Plan for the development of children in impoverished areas 2014 – 2020» that should benefit 40 million children. The plan aims at bringing the living conditions of these children up to national standards.
Rural woman files first lawsuit on forced sterilization in China
Two years ago Xia Runying, a female farmer in Jiangxi province, was forcibly sterilized by the local family planning committee. She filed a lawsuit against the committee, asserting that the surgery was illegal and seeking compensation; the first such case in China.
Paper-cutting love: Peng Maolin and her big family of hemophilia patients
This article is about, Peng Maolin, mother of a hemophiliac son and founder of Chongqing’s first support program for hemophiliacs, the “Hemophilia Association of Chongqing” created in 2006.
75% of city dwellers are ready to pay more for safe drinking water
On December 1st, Xylem Inc. (赛莱默公司) and the China Water Network E20 environmental platform (中国E20环境平台中国水网) co-published the “2014 China water quality index research report”.
Today is World Toilet Day, do you know what “third toilets” are?
This short article first introduces “World Toilet Day” explaining that there are currently 2,5 billion people without access to proper toilets in the world then focuses on the situation in China.
State Council encourages the proliferation of medical liability insurance
On the 18th of November 2014, the State Council issued the “Opinions on Accelerating the Development of Commercial Health Insurance” calling on more Chinese to purchase health insurance.
Beijing plans to build elderly care centres in every residential district
240 million Yuan of government money and 2 billion of social capital will be invested in this project. But Prof. Lu Jiehua of Peking University says that long-term nursing insurance needs to enter the social insurance system to be effective.
Foxconn workers do not contract leukemia via direct contact with Benzene
Apple are again in the midst of a storm about working conditions at Foxconn. Many young workers have contracted leukaemia even though Foxconn says that no workers have had direct contact with chemicals. Apple, Foxconn and Labour Action China, a labour NGO based in Hong Kong, are all investigating the case.
Banning drugs: what are grassroots NGOs doing?
the Philanthropy Times interviews three persons involved in the NGOs working with drug addicts and tells their stories.
Xu Yongguang: the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” in China is not “unpleasant”
Xu Yongguang says that, in his opinion, the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” has overall been beneficial and explains the reasons why.
China’s first “gay therapy” litigation plaintiff sends petition to the World Health Organization
In a period of less than 5 days, more than 90,000 All Out members have signed a petition in support of a Chinese gay man, victim of “reverse therapy.”
Experts call for legislation to safeguard rights of patients with rare diseases
The recent publicity over the ‘ice bucket challenge’, an act aimed both at raising funds for and increasing awareness of the rare disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has taken China by storm, and has also cast the spotlight on China’s patchy medical laws in relation to patients with rare diseases.
Three HIV carriers sue Chunqiu airlines for refusing to board them
Three HIV carriers who wanted to fly from Shenyang to Shijiazhuang were denied access to the plane by staff from Chunqiu airlines on the ground that “the company rules forbid [us] from boarding AIDS infected passengers”.
How agencies which serve severely sick children work together
Most Chinese charitable organizations, especially those serving the sick and diseased, operate independently and lack effective information communication. Because of this lack of coordination, resources are allocated to different relief efforts very unevenly.
Anti-Drug Social Work Practices in Shenzhen
June 26 marked the International Day against Drug Abuse and anti-drug publicity and campaigns have been carried out throughout China. State regulations have recently expressed support of community organizations participating in drug treatment services.