Accepted Paper:

Comprehensive utilization of Internet to break the constraints of the imbalance of medical service resources between urban and rural areas  

Author:

Jun Zhao (National Research Institute for Family Planning, China)

Paper short abstract:

In the countryside of China, up to date medical equipment and services as well as experienced medical staff are still deficient. This situations calls for more comprehensive utilization of Internet to break the constraints of the imbalance of medical service resources between urban and rural areas.

Paper long abstract:

China is a big agricultural country, reproductive health care for women and health care action towards girls focuses on rural areas. However, in the countryside of China, up to date medical equipment and services as well as experienced medical staff are still deficient. This situations calls for more comprehensive utilization of Internet to break the constraints of the imbalance of medical service resources between urban and rural areas, make full use of medical resources in the city through networked information services. Thus, on one hand, women of child-bearing age in countryside can get access to almost equal level of reproductive health care services compared with their urban counterparts, includes prevention and treatment of gynecological diseases, unwanted pregnancy emergency treatment, pre-pregnancy health check, prepotency consulting and testing; on the other hand, girls in countryside can also receive childhood health care and disability rehabilitation aid just like their urban counterparts. Meanwhile, the Reproductive Health Education and Digital Home Consulting Services Platform on which integrated a serial of digital media resources for reproductive health care, is built to meet the needs of rural women, especially the floating population of women migrant workers.

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Dynamic gendered media presentation and diversified ownership: China's gendered media anthropological studies since 1978 (IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of Women)