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Timeline: Chronology of Key Events in Public Health

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The 1950s

 

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1950-1955: Significant improvement of food security among small-scale peasants due to land reform.

 

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1956, Aug.: First mass mobilization for birth control by the Ministry of Public Health has very little impact.

 

The 1970s

 

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1972-1973: Group in State Council of China mobilizes resources for a nationwide birth control campaign, which has little impact.

 

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1975: Maximum recommended family size - in cities: two children, in rural areas: three to four children

 

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1978, June: State Council establishes a new "Birth Planning Small Leading Group" to strengthen family planning. External Link Susan Greenghalgh, 20050

 

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1979: Introduction of China's strict "One-Child" family planning program at provincial level, in 1980 at national level. External Link Susan Greenghalgh (2005)0

 

The 1990s

 

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1990: Tenthousands of blood plasma donors in rural areas are infected with HIV. External Link

 

The 2000s

 

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2002, Nov.: Most likely first cases of SARS in Guangdong.

 

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2003: During spring SARS virus outbreak in Hong Kong and Guangdong becomes known to the public. Quarantines.

 

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2003, Feb.: Two laboratories confirm avian influenza virus (H5N1) outbreak in Hong Kong. External Link WHO - Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)0

 

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2004: The United Nations estimates that one million Chinese are infected with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). External Link UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division

 

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2004, June: Scientists are warning that China may be facing a major HIV/AIDS epidemic. Science, Vol. 304. no. 5676, pp. 1430 - 14320

 

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2005: WHO says: Of all children alive today in China, around 50 million will die prematurely from tobacco use related disease. External Link WHO

 

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2006, Jan.: China's Ministry of Health, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and WHO publish report on AIDS. External Link Chinese Ministry of Health, UNAIDS, WHO

 

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2006, Jan.: China's Ministry of Health confirms the country's 10th case of human infection with the avian influenza virus H5N1. External Link WHO - Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)

 

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2008, Sept.: Sick toll in baby milk scandal raises to 13,000.

 

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2008, Oct.: Wen Jiabao accepts responsibility for milk scandal that might have affected more than 50,000 children.

 

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2010, March: China has some 90 million diabetics. New England Journal of Medicine

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