Non-governmental organizations and health

A case study on Save the Children, China

Authored by: Pia MacRae , Ruikan Yang , Linghui Jiang , Jinping Guo

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415643825
eBook ISBN: 9781315818719
Adobe ISBN: 9781317817703


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Civil society 1 has played a key role in public health in many countries, including those with strong public provision of health services. Historically, the Chinese government 2 limited the space for the emergence of an independent civil society. Today this is changing with a greater encouragement of citizens and civil society actors in various areas of policy, as well as local governments engaging in pragmatic partnerships at the grassroots level. While China has seen the emergence of civil society players in health [1] (notably in the area of HIV/AIDS [2, 3, 4]), the space has not yet been clearly defined.

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