Plan to Establish a US-China Center for Human Development
The China Foundation has successfully initiated a plan to establish a US-China Center for Human Development in Beijing. This Center will be the product of the partnership among the China Foundation, the Ministry of Health of China, the Ministry of Education of China, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF/China, Tsinghua University, Harvard School of Public Health and other leading Chinese and US institutes and universities. This Center will conduct policy studies, develop trainings, and provide strategic advice to the Chinese government in various areas, especially in health care and education to relieve poverty of remote rural areas and urban migrant populations. The US regional offices of the US-China Center include California, Washington, D. C., Boston, and Texas.

According to the needs identified by the China Foundation and Tsinghua University, the US-China Center will work with international experts to interchange strategies and assist the Chinese Government to make policy and priority changes and reforms to relieve poverty and to foster progress. The target areas selected for policy studies and demonstration projects represent a comprehensive and strategic approach to solve urgent problems in China. The US-China Center will serve as a coordinating center for international and domestic efforts of HIV/AIDS prevention and care in China. The rapidly escalating AIDS epidemic in China has been identified as the most urgent needs of China at the present time. HIV/AIDS and other closely associated epidemic infectious diseases have devastating effects to aggravate poverty and suffering of rural and urban poor populations. The lack of health education and ignorance of disadvantaged populations is the major cause of epidemic spread of infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS in China.

To continue and strengthen our work in improving access to education by China's disadvantaged children, the Center will build primary schools in the remote rural, mountainous and desert areas of China, including Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Gansu, Qinghai Provinces. The education component also includes developing distance training programs for physicians and teachers, developing health education curriculum (particularly on HIV/AIDS), and providing computer facilities and heating systems for the students. One of the new features of this project is to integrate health education and community outreach into the primary education, so that China can take a more proactive approach in controlling the AIDS epidemic and other public health problems by educating its people, especially the young and vulnerable.

The Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Jane Hu signed the Memoranda of Cooperation in 2000
Working Together: The Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine (later reorganized as The Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention) and Dr. Jane Hu signed the Memoranda of Cooperation in 2000. Dr. Carl Taylor (front left) is the legendary founder of UNICEF/China.