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Peking University launches Lancet Commission on 70 years of RMNCAH in China

JUN . 08 2021
Peking University, June 8, 2021: A Lancet Commission on 70 years of women’s reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in China was launched on May 28 in a ceremony co-hosted by Peking University, Chinese Academy of Engineering, National Clinical Research Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Office for Maternal and Child Health Surveillance of China, and The Lancet. The event was co-organized by China Medical Women’s Association, International Health Exchange and Cooperation Center of the National Health Commission, and the World Health Organization.

The Lancet Commission was co-chaired by Professor Qiao Jie, executive vice president of Peking University, president of Peking University Health Science Center, and president of Peking University Third Hospital, Dr. Song Li, director-general for Maternal and Child Health of the National Health Commission, and Professor Zhu Jun, director of the National Office for Maternal and Child Health Surveillance of China. In the three years leading to its launch, 31 commissioners, all from renowned universities and research institutes, along with staff members, had contributed to the completion.

The launching ceremony was a sensation in the RMNCAH field, with a live audience of 300,000. By the end of the day, it has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.

Cover of the Lancet Commission

The Lancet Commission reviewed results and lessons in RMNCAH from China’s development and reform over the past 70 years, as manifested in the high-quality surveillance data – including some exclusive data – that it had collected and analyzed from reliable national and international sources. The Lancet Commission identified gaps and challenges in realizing Healthy China 2030 and achieving Sustainable Development Goals, put forward action plans and recommendations for the upcoming decade, and reiterated the vision of building a community of shared health for mankind. 

Professor Qiao gives a keynote speech
During the launching meeting, the three co-chairs also presented how they interpreted the Lancet Commission and held panel discussions on opportunities and challenges in maternal and child health.
Written by: Fan Xiaofei
Edited by: Huang Weijian
Peking University Third Hospital