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National Children’s Medical Center to be set up in Shanghai

The National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Shanghai Municipal Government will jointly fund the National Children’s Medical Center, a new facility at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center run by Jiao Tong University School of Medicine.

There are about 300 million children in China, who are prone to congenital disease, pediatric cancer, accidental injury and nutritional problems. Statistics show that 12.9 percent of Chinese children under 17 have some degree of a psychological problem. China’s child mortality rate was 1.4 percent in 2012, ranking 73rd among 194 countries.

But China lacks behind many countries in pediatric research and treatment, prompting the state authorities to decide in 2012 to establish a national children’s medical center.

The new center will combine disease treatment, research, education and prevention and set up an open platform for disease diagnosis, treatment and research. Shanghai Children’s Medical Center was chosen as the host because of its advanced facilities and outstanding doctors who specialize in the treatment of congenital heart diseases and hematologic tumors. What is more, Jiao Tong University School of Medicine has cooperation with more than 30 prestigious hospitals around the world.

The National Children’s Medical Center will occupy about 15,000 square meters of building space initially and will obtain four hectares of land in the Shanghai International Medical Zone in Pudong for laboratories and other facilities.


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