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Political and Cultural History of the Xinjiang Region through the Late Nineteenth Century

Health concerns are a key factor in the mobilization of protests by Uyghur's in Xinjiang. This chapter has been elaborated in regard to just two issues-alcohol and drug abuse, but it appears to be equally relevant to all of the other existing and emergent health care concerns in Xinjiang. When the People's Republic of China was established, Xinxiang's health care infrastructure was extremely limited. Xinjiang's health care infrastructure has grown considerably in recent decades, but this growth has been uneven, and not all populations in the region are served equally by available resources. The health profile of Xinjiang's population compares favourably with new Central Asian states across Xinjiang's border. Uyghurs in Xinjiang on average enjoy roughly the same access to health care as their Turkic brethren in Kazakstan and show similar indices of health. The Triple threat public health issues their direct bearing on society and political life in Xinjiang.