While post-earthquake news reports focused on the immediate need for shelter, healthcare, and food, a future infrastructure threat loomed.
The destruction of hundreds of hospitals and clinics strained an already overburdened healthcare system, and dozens of rural schools were isolated. Revitalization would require a deep, long-term commitment to stabilizing the region’s technological capacities.
Cisco invested US$50 million over three years to:
In one of its biggest public-private partnerships ever, Cisco worked with more than 200 organizations to revitalize healthcare, education, and the workforce in Sichuan Province following the 2008 earthquake. Cisco’s Connecting Sichuan partners included:
Cisco contributed various technology solutions for Connecting Sichuan:
Connecting Sichuan has helped improve access to quality healthcare and education for tens of thousands of people in previously hard-to-reach parts of Sichuan Province. Seven thousand healthcare practitioners use facilities equipped with Cisco technologies.
By applying its expertise in networking technology and public-private partnerships, Cisco helped build models of healthcare and education that could be replicated throughout China and beyond.
In 2011 Cisco and Peking University jointly released Transforming Healthcare through Collaboration, a report that details features of the Cisco Connecting Sichuan healthcare program and its relevance as a model for China's healthcare reform.
Cisco has received numerous awards for the Connecting Sichuan program, including the 2011 Outstanding Contribution Award for Corprorate Social Responsibility by the China Ministry of Education and the 2011 Outstanding CSR Case Studies Award, by China Philanthropy Times under the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
The chart at right lists some positive outcomes of the Connecting Sichuan program.
* According to a 2011 study on Connecting Sichuan conducted by Peking University
** According to a 2011 study of the nine participating Connecting Sichuan schools conducted by Sichuan Normal University
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