Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 139–148

China: Policy and Practice of MCH Since the Early 1990s



Since the socioeconomic reforms in China in the late 1970s the improvement of maternal and child health (MCH), which was once considered one of the great achievements of China after 1949, has slowed and some indicators show that the situation in some regions, especially in rural areas, is getting worse instead of better. This article will focus on policy and policy-related issues in the delivery of MCH services. It will cover historical changes in policy and their effects, especially in the financing of MCH. In addition, it will also touch upon new practices of MCH in the new cooperative medical scheme (NCMS) in present-day rural China.


Maternal and child healthcare Health policy and practice China New cooperative medical schemes 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Development and Public PolicyFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Centre for International Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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