China Health Express (Jian Kang Kuai Che Project)

Partnership objective

To improve the underdeveloped medical conditions of Xinjiang, a province covering one sixth of China with 23 million inhabitants, the Novartis China Health Express, or Jian Kang Kuai Che (JKKC) Project, helps raise local people’s health awareness and local health development.

In many parts of China, healthcare needs are outpacing the supply of trained doctors and public health education. In many parts of China, healthcare needs are outpacing the supply of trained doctors and public health education. Copyright Novartis

What are the health needs and challenges?

Xinjiang is a high-prevalence area of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease, as well as infectious diseases like hepatitis B. There are a lot of underdeveloped areas where residents are not well educated when it comes to their health. These areas are also faced with increased healthcare demands, inefficient use of healthcare resources, and unsatisfying implementation of disease management guidelines. Local rural residents lack basic health knowledge; local rural doctors lack systematic training. 

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The JKKC project is well-recognized by the local government, residents and the media. Since its launch in 2010, the program has covered more than 90% of Xinjiang’s rural areas, and provided health education to 1,800,000 students, 470,000 residents and 60,000 doctors. Student education has a positive “ripple effect” as students pass on the knowledge they acquire to their families and thus influence health behaviors in local communities.

JKKC will keep focusing on “Winning for Patients” and “Commitment to Sustainable Success” in Xinjiang and will look to expand through Western China in the future. The program will continue to provide systematic training and help the development of local healthcare.

In 2017, 100,000 students, 250,000 residents and 30,000doctors are expected to be trained.

Since launch, JKKC has received a number of international and domestic awards.


  • SCRIP Award for Best Advance in an Emerging Market


  •  China Corporate Citizenship Microfilm Award for JKKC film


  • CSR Outstanding Award from China Philanthropy Times (China’s first national newspaper dedicated to philanthropy)
  • Xinjiang Department of Education recognizes JKKC for its significant contributions to improving health conditions and quality of life in rural Xinjiang


  • Xinjiang Department of Health recognizes JKKC’s significant contributions to the Xinjiang health system
  • China Pace Maker Award from the China CSR Education League


  • Xinjiang Science & Technology Promotion Award

Partnership information

Company(ies) Novartis

Partner(s) Chinese city-level Healthcare Center for Students, Chinese Provincial Bureau of Education, Chinese Provincial Bureau of Health, Chinese Provincial Medical Association, Fudan University, Xinjiang Science & Technology News

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government

Therapeutic Focus Other, Women and Children's Health, Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Cardiovascular Diseases, Children's Health, Diabetes, General Health, Hypertension

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) General population, Health professionals

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) China

Start Date 2010

More information Novartis China

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« This project helped a lot in improving rural doctors’ professional skills in the past three years. The Xinjiang Provincial Bureau of Health will fully support it. »

Deputy director of the Xinjiang Provincial Bureau of Health (BOH)