The social history of the Tibet A.R.

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Tibet Improves Health Care
People's Daily, 17 May 2001. Sources with the regional government said the they had invested 100 million yuan (US$12.04 million) in order to improve medical services in rural areas. Medical services now cover 80 percent of the region's area and immunization now covers 97 percent of its children.
Tibetan Women's Rights Well Protected
Xinhua, 26 November 2001. Statistics from the Tibetan Women Federation show that some 32 percent of cadres in the Tibet Autonomous Region are women at the end of 2000. Illiteracy rate of Tibetan women in 2000 was 22.2 percentage points lower than that in 1995.
Elderly Population Growing in Tibet
Xinhua, 5 January 2002. With improvements in the region's social welfare system, the average life expectancy of Tibetans has risen from 36, the figure for 50 years ago, to today's 67. Tibet ranks first among the 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions.
Tibetan Homes Get Makeover
Xinhua, 28 July 2002. A project to improve the living conditions of the people in the Lhasa old city zones, without adding to their financial burden. Before Tibet's democratic reform in 1959, over 80 percent of the people in the old city were servants, serfs or beggars, without homes of their own,