Federation Helps Women Improve Health, Popularizes Scientific, Technological Knowledge Among Children

October 29, 2019
By Zhang JiaminEditor: Wei Xuanyi
Federation Helps Women Improve Health, Popularizes Scientific, Technological Knowledge Among Children
Seven women scientists, from the Institute of Microbiology, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and from the Institute of Aerospace Science and Technology, under the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, on October 16-17 provided lectures to primary and middle school students in Xihe, to popularize scientific and technological knowledge among the children. [Women of China/Zhang Jiamin]
 
On the eve of the Sixth National Poverty Relief Day (on October 17), cadres from the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), doctors and nurses from the China Medical Women's Association, and experts from the China Association of Women Scientific and Technological Workers made a special tour of Zhangxian and Xihe, both ACWF's designated poverty-alleviation counties in Northwest China's Gansu Province, to conduct activities to help rural women improve their health, and to popularize scientific and technological knowledge among children.
Caring for Women
Women's health is closely related to the happiness of their families, and the harmony of Chinese society. The ACWF organized doctors from several hospitals (including Beijing Xuanwu Hospital, Beijing Tiantan Hospital and Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Beijing Electric Power Hospital and Beijing Tsinghua Changgung Hospital) to provide free medical consultations to women in Zhangxian and Xihe. The purpose of the event was to help women increase knowledge about frequently occurring diseases that affect women (such as cervical and breast cancer, also called the "two cancers"), so they can better prevent the diseases.
"We try our best to provide medical services to rural women, especially those who are from poverty-stricken families," a doctor, from Beijing Xuanwu Hospital, was quoted as saying. "We hope, given our help, the women will improve their awareness of the importance of health, and local doctors and nurses will improve their ability to treat and take care of patients."

More than 1,160 women were examined. Many of the women said they were grateful to the doctors and the cadres of ACWF for their efforts to help them improve their health.

To promote healthy living and to raise women's awareness of the importance of improving their health, ACWF launched the long-distance-run campaign in Xihe, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (marked in countries across the world every October, it helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of the disease). The campaign was also intended to promote implementation of the cancer- screening project, initiated by ACWF and China's Ministry of Health in 2009. Under the project, rural Chinese women receive free screening for the "two cancers." The project's aims are to raise awareness about the importance of healthcare and to detect the "two cancers" early, so afflicted women can receive timely medical treatment.

Federation Helps Women Improve Health, Popularizes Scientific, Technological Knowledge Among Children
To promote healthy living and to raise women's awareness of the importance of improving their health, ACWF launched the long-distance-run campaign in Xihe, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. [Women of China/Zhang Jiamin]

 

More than 1,000 women, from all walks of life, participated in the run . The federation's cadres distributed materials to publicize information about the "two cancers."

The China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) on October 15-16 provided training to more than 180 rural doctors in Zhangxian, to help them improve their ability to treat acute and chronic illnesses and to provide preventive care and health education to patients. The trainees learned, from doctors with healthcare centers, at the township and village levels (in Zhangxian), how to use acupuncture, moxibustion and massage, all basic TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) therapies, to treat patients. The CWDF will establish a physiotherapy room (in Zhangxian), in which residents can receive treatment.

Helping Children Increase Scientific, Technological Knowledge

Education is an effective cure for poverty. Seven women scientists, from the Institute of Microbiology, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and from the Institute of Aerospace Science and Technology, under the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, on October 16-17 provided lectures to primary and middle school students in Xihe, to popularize scientific and technological knowledge among the children.

The scientists used simple language and intuitive objects to help the children understand applied mathematics and space and satellite technologies. The scientists also interacted with the children, and they answered the children's questions and shared scientific and technological knowledge with the children.

Many of the students said the lectures not only helped them increase their knowledge and broadened their vision, but also sowed the seeds of the dream of exploring science in their hearts. They also vowed to work harder, so in future they can use scientific and technological knowledge to make their hometown a better place.

Federation Helps Women Improve Health, Popularizes Scientific, Technological Knowledge Among Children
The ACWF organized doctors from several hospitals (including Beijing Xuanwu Hospital, Beijing Tiantan Hospital and Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Beijing Electric Power Hospital and Beijing Tsinghua Changgung Hospital) to provide free medical consultations to women in Zhangxian and Xihe. [Women of China/Zhang Jiamin]

 

(Women of China English Monthly November 2019 issue)

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