Shanghai, China


The community (Ganquan community, 2.34 km2) we selected and carried out narrative interviews in is a relatively poor community in Putuo District of Shanghai. It is located in the northeast part of Putuo district, adjacent to Baoshan and Zhabei districts. There are 20 neighborhoods in the Ganquan community. The total number of residents is 104,098 with 15,533 migrants (15%). There are nine primary and secondary schools in this community and approximately of 3,000 adolescents aged 11-13 years old.

Research Team

Our collaborating partner in Shanghai is the Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research (SIPPR).

Lou Chaohua, Primary Investigator

Dr. Lou Chaohua graduated from Shanghai Medical University, where she earned her Master's Degree of Medicine in 1989. In 1996, she completed postdoctoral training at the School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. At present, she is a senior researcher and the team leader of research on reproductive health of adolescents in Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research (SIPPR), and an adviser of PhD students in Fudan University of China. She has been PI or local PI for more than 20 national and international research projects supported by HRP/WHO, Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Chinese Family Planning Association (CFPA)/PATH, StatePopulation and Family Planning Commission (SPFPC/UNFPA), and others. She has published more than 200 research papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals based on the results from these projects, and has co-edited/translated 7 books.

She and her research team have engaged in studies on adolescent sexual and reproductive health for more than 20 years, including studies on the status of adolescents' and unmarried young people’s sexual and reproductive health and their needs on sex education and reproductive health services; studies on the attitudes of people (including policy-makers, family planning staff, educators, and parents) towards providing sex education and reproductive health services to adolescents and unmarried youth and their suggestions on the education and services; studies on the intervention of sex education and reproductive health services in school, family, community, and the internet. Dr. Lou is the local PI of the Shanghai site for the Global Early Adolescent Study. Contact Dr. Lou.


Zuo Xiayun, Field Coordinator

Zuo Xiayun is an assistant researcher at the Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research (SIPPR). She holds a master's in epidemiology and biostatistics from the School of Public Health at Fudan University (2006) and is currently a PhD candidate in gender and reproductive health. She has engaged in adolescent sexual reproductive health research and interventions for 10 years, and has particular interests in adolescent sexual violence, adolescents’ gender development and gender diversity, and decision-making process on induced abortion of disadvantaged women. As  co-PI, she has participated in two multi-center studies, “Study on decision-making process on induced abortion and abortion care among unmarried women in Shanghai” supported by WHO, and “Monitoring on children and adolescent gender development and reproductive health in China” supported by the Ford Foundation. Ms. Zuo has published almost 20 papers on domestic and international journals, and three are SCI papers.