The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced yesterday that three public health projects for women and children will be added to the 2012 medical reforms. These projects include:

  • A pilot nutrition program for children in poor areas, in which China will provide nutritional supplements for children in 100 counties of eight destitute areas across 10 provinces and municipalities
  • A thalassemia screening program, in which prenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis will be introduced into Guangxi, Hainan and Yunnan to deal with the high incidence of thalassemia
  • Finally, Yunnan and Xinjiang will offer subsidies for neonatal disease screening in order to encourage early diagnosis and treatment of hereditary metabolic diseases