Ethnic Minority Health Project in China
China is one of the world’s most natural disaster-prone countries, and its rural population suffers great risk of such disasters. Ethnic minority populations that live in extreme poverty (less than USD1.25/person/day) often lack the technical know-how and resources to prepare for natural disasters.
The Ethnic Minority Health Project is a collaborative effort by faculties, students, local and international professionals as well as community representatives from a wide array of disciplines. Working together, this diverse team carried out systematic health needs assessments, evidence-based health interventions, and programme evaluations using the art and science of public health principles to protect and improve the health of rural Chinese communities exposed to disaster risks.
The Ethnic Minority Health Project delivers evidence-based disaster preparedness information to at-risk communities based on the nature of the environmental hazards they face, their demographic and health profile, and the health beliefs and cultural practices that prevail in the areas in question. The delivery of health knowledge and promotion of disaster risk information enhance these communities’ capacity to respond to natural disasters and their resilience to recover from them.
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