China’s One Child Policy: What is the public health legacy?

Date & Time: Tuesday 17th April, 12.45pm
Venue: Jerry Morris B, LSHTM, 15-17 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9SH
Speaker: Zou Yuliang

After nearly forty years of reform and opening-up, great changes have taken place in the lives of people living in China and in the position of China within the world. Coincident with the start of this period was the inception of China’s one child policy, the world’s most stringent family planning policy and one of the most ambitious social engineering interventions of the past half century. In this presentation, Dr Zou will examine the legacy of the one child policy and what lessons might be learnt from it. He will describe some of the impacts and consequences, past and continuing, intended and otherwise, that the one-child policy has had on public health, with a specific focus on sexual and reproductive health.

Yuliang Zou, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management in the School of Health Sciences at Wuhan University in China. Zou’s research interests are in sexual and reproductive health, in particular, the social and psychological determinants of unintended pregnancy and abortion; the health and development and development of children and adolescents; and health management and the design and assessment of strategies for health promotion and improvement. Studies carried out by Dr Zou and his team have led to changes in policy and practice in China, and to the formulation of measures to provide comprehensive healthcare and family planning services. Dr Zou has been awarded a Visiting Scholarship by the Chinese government to spend one year at LSHTM.