In rural China, the most important factors limiting disadvantaged populations from getting proper health care are their limited access to the medical system and the high cost. To help reduce this barrier to receiving care, Give2Asia’s Rural Doctors Program aims to equip rural doctors across China with knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This will increase the diagnosis and treatment options available to doctors while reducing the risk of rural families returning to poverty due to illness.
This program is funded by Give2Asia and implemented by China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development (CFFPD). With the joint support of Dr. Xiao Xiangru’s TCM team, and the Health Commission of Lüliang, this program will provide TCM knowledge and skill training for about 500 rural doctors in Lüliang. The program will then continue in rural areas of Guizhou, Chongqing, Fujian, and other provinces and cities.
The signing ceremony (photo courtesy of China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development)
On July 15, 2021, the Rural Doctors Program officially began with a signing ceremony and kick-off event in Lüliang, Shanxi, China. At the event, guests including Mr. Lin Songtian, the Chairman of Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries; Ms. Carol Yang, the Chief Representative of Give2Asia’s China Representative Office (CRO); Mr. Zhang Guangyong, the Mayor of Lüliang; Mr. Wang Longshe, the Secretary General of CFFPD; and Dr. Xiao Xiangru attended and gave speeches. Other community leaders of Lüliang and many local doctors also joined the ceremony.
Lin Songtian delivering a speech at the kickoff event (photo courtesy of China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development)
At the event, Mr. Lin Songtian expressed his gratitude to Give2Asia and CFFPD to fully leverage the non-governmental diplomatic resources to support the rural health business of Lüliang. Ms. Carol Yang mentioned that TCM is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to protect the health of rural populations. Thanks to Dr. Xiao Xiangru’s enlightenment and support, CFFPD’s efficient implementation, and the strong support of Lüliang’s government departments, she expected that this program could help more rural doctors in Lüliang to master TCM knowledge to safeguard the people’s health.
Carol Yang speaking at the kickoff event