The SVG team wishes you a Merry Christmas! Please click here to view our holiday card with highlights from 2009. As 2010 approaches, we look forward to the many opportunities it will bring. Please let us know how we can serve you in the coming year!
In the past year new information has emerged concerning the state
of mental healthcare and the mentally ill in
China. According to the World Health
mental illness supersedes heart disease and cancer as the most
taxing health concern in China’s healthcare system. An
estimated 100 million people in China have some type of mental
disorder although some say this number is likely higher due to
the dearth of information available and the lack of public
awareness regarding mental illness.
Xinhua reports that “twenty percent of all ailments and
injury-led disabilities in China” are caused by mental illness.
Dr. Huang Yueqin, director of the National Center for Mental
Telegraph that she estimates only about 5 percent of those
with illnesses are aware of it and receive treatment. (It is
important to note the range of illnesses covered under these
statistics, which include anxiety and
Internet addiction as well as depression and schizophrenia.)
This month’s China Economic Review (CER; requires a subscription
to view) has a special feature on the growing trend in private
philanthropy amongst China’s wealthiest businessmen (featuring
our own Managing Director, Grace Chiang.) Philanthropy has
traditionally been kept on the down low in China, largely for
cultural reasons; however, the growing number of private
foundations has set the public on edge. Many people are
distrustful of the wealthy and consider the rise in philanthropic
endeavors as a thinly veiled way to evade taxes or plump up their
own image and that of their business.
Today we bring you a guest post from Plan China's Zheng Wei. Zheng is
primarily responsible for implementing the organization’s
corporate-community partnership strategy with multinational
companies and foundations and advising companies on effective
community programs. Having worked both at Plan’s fundraising
offices in Canada as well as the field offices in rural China, he
has gained a good understanding about the needs from both the
donor and the field.
When we look at the present state of China we can see two
distinct faces. The first is one of rapid economic development
and continuous prosperity over the last two decades. The other is
that of the rural areas, which lag far behind the developed
cities especially in environmental and social challenges. Over
one hundred million people in China still live on less than a
dollar a day. Other challenges for the country include
large-scale migration, a declining child population,
approximately thirty-four million children living in poverty, and
if it remains unchecked, the spread of HIV/AIDS.