158_PEASANTcr.JPGHats off to Siemens for investing $10m in a project to improve rural healthcare in China.

Siemens will initially outfit a number of pilot hospitals with
diagnostic equipment, beginning with the first facility in Yan'an, in
Shaanxi province. This equipment will include ultrasound and x-ray
systems as well as computed tomography imaging systems.

Not far away from each rural hospital, Siemens will equip six urban
health centres with x-ray and ultrasound systems. Siemens will maintain
the technical infrastructure once it is in place.

The project, headed by China's Ministry of Health, is part of the
Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together key figures from
politics and business, as well as wealthy individuals and
philanthropists, to jointly tackle challenges faced by societies.

We hear a lot about corporate social responsibility and in China CSR
advocates can have a particularly difficult time given the country's
hard-edged business culture. Nevertheless, its good to see a western
company prepared to practice what it preaches, even in China.


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