» 09/30/2014, 00.00
Need a driver's license, donate a pint of blood to the state
In the city of Baoji, new regulations impose a "voluntary donation" of blood for municipal services. Soldiers and university students are urged to donate at least once a year. People react online. For one netizen, "donations should be voluntary". Others tell the authorities to remember country's health scandals.
Tamil Nadu: movement for organ donations
Fr Jerry Rosario, a Jesuit, set up Dhanam, a movement promoting organ donations. In Asia, people tend to be reticent when it comes to organ donations. Many however are pushed to sell organs by their utter poverty. Currently, in India a 1994 law regulates the field.
Seoul: blood supply for only 3 days. Donors fear Swine Flu
According to the Red Cross there are only 15 thousand units left. Japan closes 14 thousand schools in a week. Chinese health authorities reported that 8 out of 10 cases of influenza caused by H1N1 virus. In India the Chief Minister of Gujarat infected.
Renewed growth in production in China, but not for small and medium sized businesses
PMI data for August reveals rebound in manufacturing sector. The government aims to achieve a GDP of 7.5% by 2013, vital to maintaining wages and jobs, and thus social stability. But economists warn economy must "disengage" from state and focus on less developed realities.
Organ trafficking flourishes. The government tries to regulate it.
The launch of the system in 10 provinces and cities, including Shanghai. The new rules aim to stop trafficking and illegal operations, ending the lucrative transplants for foreigners.
Chinese Red Cross "volunteers" sell insurance
At medical centres in Beijing, insurance agents exploit public trust to gain contracts. For months the organisation has been at the centre of controversy and accused of "wasting" resources. Meanwhile, donations plummet.
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