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Since economic reforms were launched in the late 1970s, China’s rapid economic growth has helped lift several hundred million people out of poverty, and led to a higher standard of living and improved health outcomes throughout the country. China’s fast changing country context is now characterized by rapid industrialization, massive internal migration and urbanization, increasing environmental health threats, rising disparities and an aging population. With a highly diverse population of over 1.3 billion people spread over a vast land area including remote and hard-to-reach mountainous regions, China faces a variety of health and development challenges.

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