There is so much happening in China that I often find it difficult to decide which stories to share with our community. This week however I have a story which I just have to share.
The Chinese government has recently announced a nationwide plan to bring tele-medicine to each and every orphanage in China, however remote. Tele-medicine sounds fancy, and expensive: but in fact the equipment provided (1 PC and 1 webcam per site ) is very simple. And the concept is a simple one too, but potentially life-changing in so many little lives. The staff at the site will be able to consult China's very best doctors based in a hub about medical cases which are beyond local resources, or local knowledge through the power of the internet. That way, however remote the location, and however rare the illness, there will always be a doctor on hand to advise on the most vulnerable children.
This is an extension of the government's Tomorrow Plan, started a few years ago to provide surgeries for needy orphans. More and more, the government wants the Tomorrow Plan network to extend to every corner of China, and so far several hundred institutions have been linked up.
At Half the Sky, through our China Care Home, we were honoured to be asked to help establish the central hub here in Beijing - drawing on several years of experience in assessing medical case notes from all round China - to date without the benefit of a camera. At CCH, we have been receiving more and more children from distant locations, and we are happy to be part of a plan to extend this programme to those most vulnerable.