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Surmang News DCCC-Charity Ball invitation

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Recruiting Notice

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The Qinghai part of Kham

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Parasol 2013 Winter Edition

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Parasol2013

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SURMANG FOUNDATION on Doctor's Review

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The Surmang Foundation was founded in 1992 and registered as a US 501(c)3, headquartered in Colorado and Beijing. The Foundation has dedicated itself to working in Yushu Prefecture in Tibet, where they operate a private clinic (Dharma Sagara Clinic), with a staff of two doctors and 40 ancillary Community Health Workers. They have provided care to over 120,000 patients. The Foundation has had over 120 volunteers over its lifetime, including over 20 returning for two or more rotations.

After the April 2010 Yushu earthquake, Surmang partnered with the Chinese Government to provide training and other support services to 4 township clinics. The purpose of this partnership is to increase provider capacity and create a more user-friendly public health user interface. Surmang has also worked to drastically lower what was once one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world (3,000/100000 live births) to near zero.

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Here is Janis Tseyonjee's graduation from Tulane with an MPH

Here is Janis Tseyonjee's graduation from Tulane with an MPH.

Janis is a Khampa Tibetan from Yushu/Jiegu and has been a principal coordinator and volunteer for Surmang since 2005.

This is a great event for her and for her outstanding contribution to her own people. It was celebrated in New Orleans by 4 other Surmang superstars (l to r): Sara Saad el-dein, MD, MPH(designer of the Community Health Worker project), her husband Jon, also an MD, Will Mathews husband of Dawn Factor, Ph.D., MPH (far right). Dawn is a Surmang Foundation Board member and Director of Public Health. Of course, wearing the robes and mortar board is Janis. She is or at least one of the few Tibetans with an MPH. She will work with us again this year. We look forward to even greater connection and success in the future!

Congratulations Janis! Kiki! Soso!

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EXTENDING LIFE IN TIBET

In 1987, Lee Weingrad '66 (philosophy) first traveled to Tibet in search of the 500-year-old Surmang Dutsi-til, the fabled hill of elixir of immortality. What he found instead were impoverished nomads whose hardscrabble existence was a day-to-day struggle for survival...

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Mother's Day 2013

Say hello to Mom or honor someone you love on this special day. Please consider sending a Motherís Day or tribute card through Globalgiving.com. When you do, you will help the mothers that we help. GlobalGiving is giving away $5 for every tribute card purchased through matching funds April 15-May 12.There is $8,000 available in matching funds.

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Great news

There is a scholarly article about the Surmang Community Health Worker model of home-based health care at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1751-486X.12004/abstract

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New York City Ties Doctors' Income to Quality of Care

New York City Hospitals to Tie Doctorsí Performance Pay to Quality Measures - NYTimes.com

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Doctors in Tibet

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Parasol 2012

2012-Looking Back on 2012Ö and ahead to 2013

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Parasol

2012 Summary

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Surmang Foundation RCMS Partnership

Village Health Worker (VHW) Training Summer 2012

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Surmang KAP Public Health Survey.

Here is the published public health assessment about the Surmang region, quantifying record high infant and maternal mortality levels. It was this assessment that moved us to create our Community Health Worker program.

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Assessment of Surmang Prototype by Peking University

Here is the published assessment done by Peking University Institute of Population Studies. It is a head-to-head analysis of outcomes in our clinic, with other clinics an demonstrates the quality, efficiency, popularity and cost-effectiveness of the Surmang Clinic.

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KWMR

Lee Weingrad, Executive Director, Surmang Foundation, was interviewed by Marc
Matheson of KWMR, Pt. Reyes Station, Marin Co., California on June 23rd. Listen to the MP3.

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Behavior Analysis

In 2009 Surmang Foundation partnered with Peking University Institute of Population Studies to analyze the Surmang Foundation Clinic. Their team of 2 professors, 8 graduate students and 8 interpreters traveled all over Yushu Prefecture to compare the outputs and policies of the Surmang Clinic to the township clinics in the public health system. The report card we got was very good indeed: higher quality medicine, lower prescription of meds, much higher patient use.
The isolation of these outputs and their analysis articulated in detail what we now call "the Surmang Prototype" of rural health care. The timing of this assessment was prescient because of it's utility in creating our government partnership the next year (2010) when an earthquake leveled most structures in Yushu. Here is their 8 page synopsis of the 2009 Peking University assessment of the Surmang Clinic.

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The Geography of Poverty and Wealth

What's the cause of poverty? Why do people observe the religions they do? To our astonishment, the answer to both questions is the same: geography. If you are born in a place where there is a desert, where there are no navigable rivers, where you can't drive a car or land a plane, the chances are very high you will be poor.
This is Prof. Jeffrey Sachs thesis in this article, "The Geography of Poverty and Wealth." This article explains one of the reasons why, in focusing not on culture, religion or politics.
Applying this understanding of China's ultra-poor region for the past 20 years, Surmang Foundation has been successful at applying a prototype of rural health delivery. It's a hypothesis that goes outside the box of conventional concepts of politics, history, race, or economics in accounting for poverty. Read the paper here.

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Where we work

"What accounts for poverty? what accounts for infant and maternal mortality. The answer, according to Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (Geography of Poverty and Wealth) is geography. Here are maps of the catchment where we work, places where you can't land a plane, navigate a river, plant crops. These maps show us where are the most inhospitable places, where are mothers are most at risk, where poverty is greatest, where do China's minorities live? By overlaying these maps, we can show where we work and where we want to work."

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by Peking University

Study on the Accessibility of maternal health services for Tibetan women in agricultural and pastoral areas in Yushu autonomous prefecture

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Parasol 2012 Auction

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2011 Surmang CHW Report

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Parasol 2012 (Chinese)

Surmang Foundation 2011 Summary (Chinese)

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2011 Annual Report

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1st Rural Health Festival

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On remote Tibetan plateau, a health-care program that could be a model for China

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Let the Yak Calves Take Care of the Milking

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Interview with Dawn Factor

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Rural Health Festival 2011

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Parasol 2011

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Rural Health Festival 2011

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Providing Health Services to Indigenous Peoples

BMJ Vol. 327, 23 August 2003

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GlobalGiving Project Report: Yushu Earthquake Surviva

The 1st Year --transplanting Surmang Model into the Public Health System
By Lee Weingrad - Director, Surmang Foundation

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PAG Letter

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Yushu Earthquake 2010 Video is up

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Surmang Foundation Annual Report 2010 is up

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Surmang Signs Historic Agreement with Chinese Government

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KGNU Interview in Boulder, 29 June 2010

KGNU Interview in Boulder with Lee Weingrad, Julie Carpenter, and Dawn Factor concerning Rural Health in Asia. Please be patient - the interview starts a couple of minutes into the broadcast and after some music. Listen.

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Earthquake at Surmang and new housing for our doctors

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Appointments

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Surmang to Sign Major Agreement with Chinese Government

The Chinese Government has invited Surmang Foundation to sign a major and historic partnership agreement at the end of November. Surmang has operated a private clinic in Yushu County, Qinghai Province since 1992.

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Yushu Diary: Back From the Edge

Aiding southwestern China after the earthquake and beyond
-China Brief Magazine - AmCham-China-November 2010

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Assessment of the Surmang Prototype Emergency Assessment Yushu Earthquake 2010

An Assessment of the Surmang Prototype Emergency Assessment Yushu Earthquake.

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Jake Hooker in the New York Times

Our own Jake Hooker is featured in the New York Times.

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New Videos Posted

Yushu Tent City and Community Health Workers

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