China issues new guidelines to boost birth, fertility rate

BEIJING: The Chinese government issued a new guideline on Tuesday for expediting the establishment of a supporting system to boost the nation’s birth and fertility rates, which have been going downward for years.
The guideline covers several areas including marriage, birth giving, child raising, education, housing, employment and healthcare to encourage people to have more children in a more fertility-friendly environment. The guideline comes after the country has revised its law on population and family planning with the three-child policy.
Seventeen departments including the National Health Commission, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Education jointly released the guideline. Per the guideline, China plans to establish about 10 national pediatric medical centers to improve access to high-quality medical resources. It requires local authorities to improve policies on maternity leaves for employees, maternity insurance and stipend. Moreover, housing policy will be improved for families with children. Government-subsidized rental housing will be further developed to mitigate housing problems of new urban residents and young people, and families with underage children will be prioritized in the distribution of public rental housing.
–The Daily Mail-CGTN news exchange item