On the afternoon of May 17, the "Skin Regeneration Project", a public welfare program initiated by the team of WMU president and Academician Li Xiaokun and organized by the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences together with Wenzhou Charity Federation, Wenzhou Metropolis Daily, Wenzhou Shuguang Hospital, and other units, was officially launched in the Life and Health Town. The project aims to support poverty alleviation by providing health assistance to vulnerable people who are deeply troubled by wound problems with advanced wound repair research results and cultivating wound repair talents.
The "Skin Regeneration Project" will organize many large-scale public welfare activities every year and pair hospitals to help patients; utilize the national volunteer platform to establish a rescue network and conduct long-term follow-up visits to help poor patients at the grass-roots level with wound problems; and pair nursing staff in nursing homes and family doctors in the communities to carry out training in chronic wound nursing. The project intends to establish wound repair specialties in our affiliated hospitals, hire a group of experts in the field of wound repair to participate in charitable activities and clinical guidance, and cultivate talents for wound repair. The arrangement of "thousands of sites for thousands of villages" will help provide precise health assistance so that patients in remote areas can enjoy the medical treatment of wound repair at the doorstep of their home. The medical-aid project for Tibet will be initiated to repair the wounds of people living in the plateau area.
Li Xiaokun said that, at present, there are increasing cases of refractory wounds in China caused by common and frequently-occurring diseases such as diabetes and geriatric diseases. There are about 100 million patients requiring wound treatment every year including about 30 million serious cases. The incidence of ulcer trauma caused by diabetes has risen from 4.9% a decade ago to 35%. Among them, vulnerable groups such as those counting on subsistence allowance and low income account for a considerable proportion. The "Skin Regeneration Project" will be committed to solving the pain of patients suffering from chronic refractory wounds resulting from diabetes and geriatric complications, improving the quality of life of patients while reducing medical expenses and easing the burden of patients, to contribute to the goal of poverty alleviation by 2020 through improving medical services.
At the launching ceremony, the first batch of six "Skin Health Project" demonstration sites were awarded and the first batch of ten volunteer teams were presented flags. Volunteer teams will look for impoverished patients with chronic refractory wounds to provide assistance and volunteer services. Ten people, including Tibetan students Yixizhuoma and Sanlangpang of Wenzhou Nursing School, became the first batch of Tibetan volunteers. They will provide volunteer services for the Tibetan area. On the same day, the first group of one Tibetan impoverished patient with chronic refractory wound received treatment in Wenzhou.