Tuesday, May 8, 2007

To Taiwan, Africa is Never Forgotten

“The Government of Taiwan, in response to an appeal from the United Nations and the United States for resources to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, donated US$1 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in December 2002.”

“in light of all benefits that Taiwan’s participation in the WHO can bring to the state of health not only in Taiwan, but also regionally and globally, Taiwan and its 23,500,000 people should have appropriate and meaningful participation in the WHO.”

– US Congress

Four Taiwanese medical teams are currently stationed in Burkina Faso, Malawi, Chad, and Sao Tome and Principe, where they assist the respective local goverments. Over the last two years, Taiwan has also held international forums, workshops, and public health training seminars attended by health professionals from 27 countries.

Taiwan also works cooperatively with many disease prevention programs. For instance, Taiwan is involved in Care France's AIDS prevention program in Chad, donates yellow fever vaccines to Senegal, and provides condoms and medicine to Burkina Faso and Swaziland to promote anti-AIDS campaigns. Taiwan also funds a polio eradication program through Rotary International, and is involved in malaria eradication and hospital improvement programs in Sao Tome and Principe.

Taiwan has contributed thousands of wheelchairs to hospitals and charity organizations in Africa and Latin America. Recently, Taiwan also donated US $1 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

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