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barefoot doctor

n.
A lay health care worker, especially in rural China, trained to perform tasks such as providing first aid, assisting in childbirth, and dispensing drugs.
A term once used in mainland China for country health-aides who were neither barefoot nor doctors. Most were farmers who received minimal basic medical and paramedical training and worked in rural villages bringing largely preventive health care services to rural areas where urban-trained doctors would not settle

barefoot doctor

A practitioner of traditional or native medicine in the People's Republic of China. Although barefoot doctors have not attended medical school, they are trained in the use of traditional Chinese therapies (e.g., the use of acupuncture and herbs), and in some Western therapies, such as first aid.
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Under CMS, the barefoot doctor was one among us, who cared for everyone and was paid through the coupon.
Barefoot doctors who passed medical examinations and continued practicing medicine in villages were then renamed "village doctors.
This concept of barefoot doctors was followed in other countries especially developing countries.
The nearest barefoot doctor was three miles away, in my eldest sister's village.
Riding on the international recognition of the success of the Barefoot Doctors model, the Chinese delegate to the WHO suggested an international conference to discuss the issue.
a retired neurologist, and Jan Jones, a registered nurse, of Eugene have served as deans of the Barefoot Doctors of Burma School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, since 1997.
The barefoot doctors were created following a directive issued by Chairman Mao Zedong in September 1965 which shifted the emphasis of health and medical work to rural areas (7).
His name may come from the days of ancient China, when barefoot doctors travelled from village to village healing, but he is a modern man.
The number of barefoot doctors grew rapidly during the Cultural Revolution (1966-69) but by 1972 the impetus for training them declined.
The barefoot doctors made sure study participants took their vitamins and noted when someone developed cancer or died, whatever the cause.
But if you want to know what happened to China's barefoot doctors read on.
It showcases the barefoot doctors program, which trained over one million young people to treat the common ailments of residents of rural China in the 1960s and 1970s.