Health Programs

In 1999, the China Foundation raised matching funds to activate the World Bank's loan to the China for providing health care and building Health Centers in the poorest regions and counties in China. On behalf of the Chinese villagers and the China Foundation, we gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Charles B. Wang Foundation for their significant contributions in China. A total of 120 Health Centers have been completed and are functioning to provide urgently needed health care in the poorest villages in China.

The progress report in August of 2002 made it very clear that our project has accomplished its objectives and reach its goals successfully and achieved great contribution and benefits to the local people who are in desperate need for health care:

  • Increasing the capacity of health service provision at township levels, well-equipped Delivery rooms, surgical operation facility and X-ray machines are available at all Health Centers.
  • Increasing the utilization of health services, pregnant women now prefer to deliver their babies at the new Health Centers with heating and air-conditioning systems. Newborn babies receive hepatitis B immunizations at birth at the Health Centers. Tuberculosis patients, children and adults, receive treatments under direct supervision of doctors at the Health Centers.
  • Improving poor population's accessibility to the health services: free delivery services and hepatitis B immunizations, treatments and drugs for tuberculosis have been provided with no charge to pregnant women, newborn babies, children and patients in the villages.
By 2004, China Foundation's Health Programs had completed construction of township health centers throughout the most needed remote rural regions in Qing Hai, Shan Xi, Gansu, Gui Zhou, and Henan provinces. The reports below illustrate the significant results.
Richard N. Hirsh, M.D., FACR, Vice President for Health Programs of the China Foundation, donated two mammography machines to the First Hospital of Peking University and Tong Xian Women's and Children's Hospital in 2001. Dr. Hirsh followed up and revisited Beijing and lectured at the Medical School in Jinan in 2004. Dr. Hirsh provided in-depth technical and interpretive trainings to the hospital physicians, nurses and technicians, while his donated mammography machines were installed during his past missions to China.

Organized and planned by Dr. Hirsh, the Radiology Mammography International (based in Akron, Ohio) presented an academic "Interdisciplinary" Conference on Breast Cancer to Chinese physicians and surgeons on October 14 - 17, 2006. The conference took place in Beijing.

  • Result Pictures
    Review Mammograms
    Fighting Breast Cancer
    Teaching Mammogram Techniques
  • More result pictures can be seen at web site.