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Village-level primary health care practitioner in China from the 1949 revolution until after the cultural revolution, now superseded by more fully trained rural health care workers. They provided first aid, basic health care, health education, maternal and child care, and advice on nutrition. In other countries, e.g., Iran and Guatemala, similar systems of health care, mainly in rural regions, are or were staffed by primary care workers with similar roles and levels of training.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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