Mao Zedong’s Fight Against Schistosomiasis
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|Journal / Publication||Perspectives in Biology and Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2008|
|Link to Scopus||https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-43449128101&origin=recordpage|
In 1956, Mao Zedong began a mass campaign against schistosomiasis in the Peoples Republic of China. The campaign, which integrated mass mobilization, science, agricultural production, local construction projects, and prophylactic measures, was fueled primarily by a determination to accelerate China's agricultural development. The initial success of this campaign encouraged Mao to embark on the next stage of socialism, the Great Leap Forward. As attention was diverted away from schistosomiasis, however, the disease has again become a major burden to the health of the country.