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Capacity-building for pastoral hospitals in Xinjiang (China)

After the breakdown of cooperative medical schemes and community-financed health care, health issues in rural areas are increasingly becoming an issue of high priority in China and other countries of northern Asia.
This joint study by the universities of Vienna and Shihezi (AR Xinjiang, PR China) 

  • assesses health needs of nomadic and semi-nomadic Kazakh pastoralists and the structure and scope of health care delivery in pastoral hospitals through a health status and risk factor survey with quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • explores ways to provide better health care in the pastoral hospitals (muye yiyuan) of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China through a case study in a project county populated by Kazakh livestock farmers. 
  • develops culture- and geographic-sensitive health scenarios for better health care provision and explores their transferability to other pastoral regions of post-collectivist societies in northeast Asia.
  • analyzes and explores forms of governance in rural health care in villages.


Further information can be found here


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