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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.

barefoot doctor

n
(Medicine) (esp in developing countries) a worker trained as a medical auxiliary in a rural area who dispenses medicine, gives first aid, assists at childbirth, etc
[C20: translation of Chinese chijiao yisheng, officially translated as primary health worker]

bare′foot doc′tor


n.
(in China) a layperson trained to provide a number of basic health-care services, esp. in rural areas.
[1965–70]
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Far away from the metropolis, these researcher priests were largely on their own and were like barefoot doctors consulting with local herbolario in order to learn their skills and crafts.
After the barefoot doctor was married into another village, no new barefoot doctors were trained to take her place before the CMS collapsed.
Decades ago, Chinas innovations in health such as barefoot doctors and cooperative health care showed the world it was possible to improve the health and greatly increase the life expectancy for hundreds of millions of people, said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.
Barefoot Doctors and Western Medicine in China, by Xiaoping Fang.
Way back in the 1940's, China under the then leadership of Chairman Mao Tse Tung introduced the concept of barefoot doctors when there was an urgent need to render basic medical services in the remote rural areas in China.
In fact, barefoot doctors were farmers who worked without shoes in the rice paddies and treated villagers' basic ailments the best they could.
The negative effects of destroying medical education and shipping a third of the professors to the countryside to do farm labor were acknowledged, but there was generally favorable treatment of the barefoot doctors and the overall effect of Communism.
It is for this reason that OHO originally traded and was incorporated under the company name of 'The Barefoot Doctors Project'.
The Khmer Rouge regime appointed pet padevat ('revolutionary medics') inspired by the Chinese barefoot doctors to treat the rural poor.
Barefoot doctors or super speciaists, cash-free healthcare or private providers charging fat fees, a focus on lifestyle diseases or malaria and TB, obesity or malnutrition, primary care or top-class medical tourism -- our health system is constantly confronting these contradictory choices.
The 'Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution' came and went, as did communes and barefoot doctors, but Joseph Needham just went on and on.
Jan and I accompanied Daniel and his family to visit our barefoot doctors in Putao in January 1998.