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Why are you here?

May 31, 2012 - 6:55pm
I was at a party of ex-pats in the Sanlitun district of Beijing explaining to an Australian professor teaching at Peking University that Pfizer had loaned me to GBCHealth to create a strategy for a diabetes awareness, prevention, and treatment campaign in China. He asked pointedly, “Wouldn’t it be more productive for Pfizer to take any monies it is paying you and just give it to the NGO for its... Read More

Don't become famous

May 18, 2012 - 12:00pm
How does GBCHealth China cement its members to the organization, invest government agencies in the work that it does, reward sponsors for monetary and in-kind support, inspire other possible sponsors to do the same, grow and strengthen the guanxi (connections) between private companies, NGOs, civil society, and government agencies, make Ministry of Health leaders look good, and shine good... Read More

Learning about challenges facing top-tier hospitals: part 2 of 2

May 11, 2012 - 12:30pm
My guide and I made our way down to the Diabetes education department and met the doctor and two patients she was in the process of instructing. In an old wooden bookcase with glass fronts, there was a display of plastic food on plates that showed suggested serving sizes of food – looking like they dated from about twenty years before. In her patient training, the doctor shows the patients how to... Read More

Learning about challenges facing top-tier hospitals: part 1 of 2

May 4, 2012 - 12:30pm
My visit to this premier university hospital and my conversations with both the senior administrator and diabetes educator were so rich that I have broken my visit into two blog entries. The first entry covers my interview with the senior administrator who is also head of the endocrinology department. The second entry covers my interview with the diabetes educator, my impressions, and the overall... Read More

Targeting the Working Populations

April 27, 2012 - 1:00am
I have learned from interviewing diabetes experts, hospital administrators, and diabetes educators that the hardest group to engage and motivate on diabetes awareness and management is the working-age population. Workers generally are “too busy” with day-to-day activities, family, friends, work pressures, and such, to prioritize personal health—until they end up in the hospital with complications... Read More

Finding the right color in Beijing

April 20, 2012 - 12:00pm
To illustrate my interview reports and provide for future Global Health Fellows, I decided to buy a camera for GBCHealth. I had scouted out a parcel of electronic stores in the Chaoyang district and found my way to the Sony camera booth in the midst of a chaos of retailers. After I bargained the price down from 2200 yuan to 1500 yuan (1 yuan = .16 USD), the saleswoman asked me what color camera I... Read More

Rural Health Station Dilemma

April 13, 2012 - 1:00pm
David Marshall standing near the Shi Da Xing Qu She Qu Wei Shang Fu Wu Zhan Health Station, Beijing I recently visited the Da Xing Qu She Qu Wei Shang Fu Wu Zhan Health Station, located some twenty-five kilometers south of central Beijing. My two companions were a pharmaceutical sales representative and an endocrinologist at a prestigious government hospital in central Beijing... Read More

A visit with a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner

April 9, 2012 - 5:25pm
It is hard to understand the Chinese health system without visiting a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner. Located in most villages and cities throughout China, TCM uses both herbal and Western medicines to treat its patients. When Michael Shiu, a GBCHealth colleague, had a dry cough for a couple of days, he decided to visit... Read More

Beijing Street Health Fair

April 6, 2012 - 12:00pm
Since I arrived early for a meeting with an NGO executive in the Chaoyang district, I walked around the neighborhood to get my bearings and pass some time. Coming around a corner, I saw a crowd of people around a long table collecting pamphlets. Looking more closely, I realized that this was a health fair staffed by a local hospital. On one end of the long table, scales were set up so people... Read More

First Days in Beijing

March 23, 2012 - 12:00pm
Twenty-five years of analyzing the US healthcare market, two months independently studying Chinese culture since my acceptance as a 2012 Global Health Fellow, two weeks embedded in the New York office of GBCHealth, and five days immersed in a Beijing neighborhood have led me to this moment of exploration and adventure. I am working with GBCHealth for three months to establish a diabetes awareness... Read More