Ongoing Site – Xiuxi Village



Geographic location

Xiuxi Village, Puxi Township, Li County, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China

Ethnic minority / Proportion of a specific minority among the local population

Qiang / 100%

Common natural disasters

Earthquake, landslides

Number of subgroups in village


Number of households in village


Total population in village


Specific Public Health Issues

Disaster Profile

Xiuxi Village is one of the Qiang villages that experienced the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 despite it did not cause any deaths. Apart from earthquake, landslides is one of the commonest disaster in the area, especially during rainy season. Due to landslide or heavy snow, the road would be blocked until rescuers come, which usually takes several days to fortnight. Before the road re-opened, the villagers have to be self-sustained, e.g. the food stored in the village. Besides, the quality of the running water is also a problem when raining because it becomes muddy.

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In the field

Health Needs Assessment

To access the current local health condition, potential health risks and health needs, a team of 5 was deployed to the village in April 2019. Field-based focus group discussions, interviews with the village doctor and household visits were conducted.

Health Needs Assessment and Health Intervention

A team of 49 trainees and trainers participated in the trip and conducted health needs survey and health intervention. A total of 49 pre- and post-intervention questionnaires were collected to evaluate the effectiveness of the four interventions.

  Health intervention topics:

    Food safety
    Non-communicable diseases
    Waste management
    Disaster preparedness kit & ORS preparation