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Reconsidering the Barefoot Doctor Programme

Zhou, Xun (2016) 'Reconsidering the Barefoot Doctor Programme.' Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 9 (1). pp. 41-63. ISSN 1674-0750


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This paper examines the widely acclaimed Barefoot Doctor campaign in China. The Barefoot Doctor Campaign has come to symbolize the success of Chinese health care to the extent that it has become a model for WHO public health strategy. Yet little has been done to understand how or whether it worked on the ground and what difficulties and contradictions emerged in its implementation. Using previously unexplored party archives as well as newly collected oral interviews, this paper moves away from a narrow focus on party politics and policy formulation by examining the reality of health care at the local level and the challenges faced by local authorities and individuals as the campaigns evolved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health care delivery; Primary care; Barefoot Doctor; Rural health in China; Local practices
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D890 Eastern Hemisphere
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 16:10
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:04

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