To provide health care in rural areas, in 1965 the Chinese government began training thousands of young people to treat common ailments. These medical workers, known as barefoot doctors, spent half the working day providing health care and the rest of the time farming as they had done before.
Ying Lowrey served as a barefoot doctor as a teenager in China and Tibet.
Test your knowledge of the world of global health in online activities, and take this topic into the classroom with resources for students and teachers.
Hear more about global health topics from leaders and advocates featured in the exhibition.