Exciting developments and great challenges continue to face China now well into the 21st century. The past several decades have been indicative of China’s great potential and progress with regards to its rapid economic development. With increasing income, people enjoy better nutrition, safer drinking water, better housing conditions, and better health care. Yet China still confronts new challenges, from the rise of non-communicable diseases, to workplace safety, urbanization and environmental degradation. Moreover, without a health safety-net or health insurance, millions of individuals risk impoverishment if they develop serious illness.
As a global leader in knowledge creation and transfer, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has the capacity to help China effectively address these major issues in health sector development through research and education. Building upon the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s long-standing global health mission, the China Initiative was established in 2005, in collaboration with the Chinese Ministry of Health and Tsinghua University. Today, it is led by Professor David Christiani and Professor William Hsiao.