|Zhen Yan, Vice-President of the CWDF and former Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) delivers a speech at the meeting. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]|
Organizers held a special meeting to mark the 15th anniversary of the Health Express for Mothers charity project, carried out by China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF), in Beijing on November 29.
More than 150 people attended the meeting, including Meng Xiaosi, President of the CWDF; Zhen Yan, Vice-President of the CWDF and former Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF); and, Wang Yinxiang, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, former Vice-President of Air China Limited and Vice-President of the CWDF.
Further attendees included Zhao Wen, Member of the Secretariat of ACWF; Wang Weiguo, executive deputy director of the Office of the National Working Committee on Children and Women (NWCCW) under the State Council; and, Cao Bin, associate inspector of Department for Women and Children, National Health Commission.
They were joined by delegates from women's federations in different provinces, experts, representatives from supporting organizations and donor enterprises and executive agencies.
During the meeting, organizers outlined the achievements of the project in the past and expressed gratitude to the charity's partners. They also summed up their experience and set development strategies and targets for the next five years.
Zhen said in her address that the Health Express for Mothers campaign has played a unique role in reducing gynecological diseases, reducing the maternity and infant mortality rate, improving women's health awareness and realizing disease prevention.
At the new historical starting point, CWDF should, in accordance with President Xi Jinping's directive on women's development, carefully plan its development strategies and targets; actively support the implementation of the Healthy China Strategy; and, promote the development of women's health, said Zhen.
Cao affirmed the positive and effective work of the project in terms of medical vehicle donations, the prevention and control of women and children's health problems, providing assistance for treatment of serious diseases to impoverished families, and the training of grassroots doctors in remote areas.
Wu Huifang, a professor of the Department of Sociology, the College of Humanities and Development Studies at China Agricultural University, released the Health Express for Mothers Project Assessment Report (2013-2018) at the event.
According to the assessment, the project's coverage has gradually expanded and achieved remarkable results since its implementation.
The project has provided free services such as physical exams for people who live in the countryside, relieved the economic pressure of disadvantaged groups, and promoted health awareness among people from the general population.
The project has solved the problem of a shortage of vehicles in hospitals, improved the timeliness of first aid, ensured the safety of women and children, deepened medical training services, and improved medic's skills in grassroots level.
In addition, a variety of fund raising channels and stable funding sources have contributed to the sustainable development of the project.
In the future, the project needs more social forces to help upgrade the vehicles and meet the needs of a wider range of medical services, says the assessment.
Zhang Jianmin, deputy secretary-general of CWDF, released the Plan of Health Express for Mothers Project (2019-2023) at the gathering.
According to the document, over the next five years, the project will mainly focus on upgrading vehicle functions, helping women who suffer from serious illnesses, advocating a healthy lifestyle, improving women's mental health, and improving women and children's heath service in grassroots level.
Officials will also focus on carrying out psychological care activities, promoting the assistance for treatment of serious diseases of women, creating a comprehensive service model of health, developing volunteer teams, and focusing on the better informatization of the project.
Organizers expressed their gratitude toward units and individuals that made contributions to the project in the past 15 years.
Nine organizations, including China Construction Bank, were selected for special praise, and twelve medical specialists were offered special honors.
In addition, 144 units, including Chongqing Women's Federation were elected as the best and most loyal partners. Some 136 individuals were elected as pioneers and outstanding contributors.
Women's health is the foundation of the all-round development of women, and it is related to the prosperity of human beings and the progress of civilization.
The CPC and the government have always attached great importance to the development of women and children's health, providing institutional and economic guarantees for the health of the group.
The health and quality of life of women and children have been improved continuously, said officials.
In order to help implement the China National Program for Women's Development, CWDF launched the Health Express for Mothers project in 2003.
It is sponsored by the ACWF and the NWCCW, with the aim to improve health conditions among women in poverty-stricken and remote areas.
With the support of all walks of life, the project has raised some 1.018 billion yuan in funds, trained 32,500 grassroots medical staff, donated 392 items of medical equipment, distributed medicines worth some 346 million yuan.
At the same time, with some 996 million yuan of financial assistance, the project has helped some 99,600 people with cervical and/or breast cancer to receive treatment.
In the past 15 years, the project has expanded from the distribution of medical vehicles to the distribution of a variety of medical equipment, providing medical training for grassroots doctors, and helping hospital establish specialized clinics.
The project has become an important carrier for safeguarding women's rights and interests in health and promoting women's equal development. It also has become a powerful practice that enables women and children to fairly enjoy more benefits of reform and development results.
|Wu Huifang, a professor of the Department of Sociology, the College of Humanities and Development Studies at China Agricultural University, releases the Health Express for Mothers Project Assessment Report (2013-2018) at the event. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]|
|Zhang Jianmin, deputy secretary-general of CWDF, releases the Plan of Health Express for Mothers Project (2019-2023) at the gathering. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]|
|The representatives of units and individuals that made contributions to the project in the past 15 years [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]|
|Organizers held a special meeting to mark the 15th anniversary of the Health Express for Mothers charity project, carried out by China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF), in Beijing on November 29. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]|
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