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Migrant workers receive helping hand

AN in-depth survey covering a wide range of jobs has found that migrant workers in Shanghai suffer from a range of social and health problems.

City researchers said yesterday that the issues included unexpected pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, health issues during pregnancy and delivery and domestic violence.

The experts conducted a qualitative research on 26 migrant workers, 12 men and 14 women of widely different ages, in Sanlin Town of Pudong New Area to learn of the major obstacles in their lives.

A 19-year-old woman who has undergone three abortions and a sex worker who has syphilis were among the 26 cases that will be followed up by researchers.

After the research results were released, the city??s first community-based migrant worker service center was set up in Sanlin yesterday.

Its aim is to give migrants, especially women and children, proper access to health care, vocational training and other guidance.

Set up by the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association and pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, the Shanghai Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion started with a reproductive health-enhancement project.

The three-year project consists of setting up a community-based health service team in Sanlin, showing educational films and giving free health consultations and lectures.


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