The 1950s

 

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

 

H

1956, August: 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.

 

H

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

 

H

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

 

H

1979: Introduction of China's strict "One-Child" family planning program at provincial level, in 1980 at national level.

 

The 1990s

 

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

 

The 2000s

 

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

 

H

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

 

H

2003, February: Two laboratories confirm avian influenza virus (H5N1) outbreak in Hong Kong.

 

H

2004: The United Nations estimates that one million Chinese are infected with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).

 

H

2004, June: Scientists are warning that China may be facing a major HIV/AIDS epidemic.

 

H

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

 

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

 

H

2006, January: China's Ministry of Health confirms the country's 10th case of human infection with the avian influenza virus H5N1.

 

H

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

 

H

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

 

H

2010, March: China has some 90 million diabetics.

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china-profile.com - 30 Sept. 2012