Go West Training Program

Partnership objective

To improve medical infrastructure and healthcare services in undeveloped rural areas in China by providing trainings for local physicians in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic methods. 

Helping quickly: Many parents reach the hospital only after hours or even days of travel. In this photo, Dr. Li Jianhong and her team tend to a young boy with abdominal pain. Helping quickly: Many parents reach the hospital only after hours or even days of travel. In this photo, Dr. Li Jianhong and her team tend to a young boy with abdominal pain. Copyright Bayer Healthcare

What are the health needs and challenges?

No country stands for economic growth like China. However, this rapid rise means a great challenge for healthcare. In the major cities the rising standard of living is leading to an increase in lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases; at the same time there are rural regions, especially in the west of the country, with poorly developed medical infrastructures and low standards of healthcare. Local patients need appropriate medical care matching current standards, which involves requisite knowledge and skills.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In cooperation with China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, BHC provides professional trainings for local physicians and hospital executives in rural hospitals of China so that the rural population can gain access to highly developed diagnosis techniques and efficient therapies.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Since its launch in 2007, the project has been successfully extended to 23 provinces/regions with 143 training courses and provided professional trainings to over 16,000 doctors and hospital executives, by the end of March 2014. An additional $3.09 million (20 million yuan) have been provided for the 2012 to 2017 extension of the program. 

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Partnership information

Company(ies) Bayer

Partner(s) Chinese Ministry of Health, National Institute of Hospital Administration, China

Type of Partner(s) Government, Other Business

Therapeutic Focus Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Adolescent Health, Arthritis & Osteoperosis, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cervical Cancer, Childhood Cancers, Children's Health, Dengue, Diabetes, Family Planning, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Haemophilia, Hematology Disorders, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Influenza, Leukemia, Malnutrition, Measles, Meningitis C, Mumps, Paratyphoid fever, Pneumonia, Polio, Rabies, Rotavirus, Rubella, Shigella, Tobacco Control, Typhoid Fever, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Marginalised / Indigenous People, People with low income

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) China

Start Date 2007

More information Bayer

Anticipated completion date 2017

« Our studies in advanced hospitals improved skills, and this certainly benefits the local people in China. »

Li Jianhong, Pediatrician, China