China has more than 200 million migrant workers who take up temporary jobs in faraway urban regions. They are not covered by either community-based health services or health insurance in the cities where they work. This is a project to help those migrant women and children in China. The migrant women themselves will be recruited and trained for supporting their own communities and improve the gender equality and equal opportunity for social inclusion in Beijing, Shanghai, and Qingdao.
Migrant women and children face difficulties to access education and health services in urban cities. For instance in Shanghai, around 70%-80% of maternal death cases are migrant women; only about 57% migrant women go to hospital for delivery; and 64 % of them never receive any type of pre-natal care.The biggest barriers to migrant health care are lack of knowledge and unavailability of convenient, quality and affordable services in their communities in China.
Xintu has established 3 local migrant wellbeing centers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Qingdao. It is a community-owned, user led, one stop shop for migrant mental and physical health promotion. The program aims to improve migrants' health in the target urban community, through community actions to facilitate positive behavior change and to create a supporting environment. Self-help and peer support is key element of the project, but multi-sector collaboration is emphasized to maximize impact.
The project will recruit and train at least 300 migrant women as volunteers or peer supporters for promoting health at their own communities. At least 1200 children will benefit directly from this projects. The project will build the capacities of local people for self-management of physical illness and peer support of mental illness and create a collaborative mechanism for supporting non-professional local people who are able to deliver services at their own community.
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