Ethnic Woman Devotes Herself to Rural Maternity Healthcare

November 13, 2018  Editor: Wang Yue
Ethnic Woman Devotes Herself to Rural Maternity Healthcare
Baima Yangjin (L) [China Women's News]


An ethnic Tibetan woman from Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, has devoted herself to rural healthcare over the past eight years by training doctors, running education campaigns and helping underprivileged women and children.

Baima Yangjin is the founder of a local public welfare organization called the Tibetan Maternal and Child Health Association.

She is also a delegate to the 12th National Women's Congress of China and was one of the winners of 2016 Top 10 China Charity Persons initiative.

"I had a difficult labor and I understand the high risk of childbirth. So, I founded the association to help pregnant women in high altitude and pastoral areas to ensure their safety," said Yangjin.

She became an English teacher and translator after graduating from college in 1999.

One summer in 2006, Yangjin offered her services as an interpreter for a training project run by a charity foundation managed by the Lhasa Municipal Public Health Bureau and Lhasa Women's Federation.

Through this, she was able to witness how remote pastoral areas were affected by high maternal mortality rate due to the lack of professional midwives.

Yangjin began working at the foundation in 2007. To address the scarcity of village doctors, low education levels and undeveloped condition for healthcare in local areas, she decided to devote herself to helping improve the conditions and ensuring the safety of children and pregnant women.

After much preparation, in February 2010, with help from her friends, Yangjin set up the local maternal and child health association, which aims at training the most urgently needed grass roots medical staff in remote areas, with a focus on ensuring safer childbirths.

The association launched the first phase of its training courses the same year, and a total of 42 courses had been provided by the end of 2017. Some 2,123 medical staff have received training and more than half of the trainees have provided services for local people in over 2,000 rural clinics in total.

Trainees have strengthened their responsibilities and improved their medical skills by taking the classes they offered. "I'm happy to know that all of them can use what they have learned to help others," said Yangjin.

The association organizes experts, physicians and surgeons in pediatrics and gynecology and Tibetan medicine to provide free medical consultations in rural areas every year.

Up till now, a total of 25 health education promotion lessons and 19 free consultation activities have been offered at local community. At present, Yangjin is doing her upmost to integrate social resources and promoting remote medical services so as to provide trainees with more powerful intellectual support in their practical work.

In addition, the association also launched a new project to develop early childhood education this year, and with guidance from local departments and support from others, Yangjin is planing to lead her team to make further contribution.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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