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International health NGO to host meeting in Taipei


The International Council of Nurses (ICN), one of the three largest non-governmental international health organizations in the world, will host its 23rd Quadrennial Congress in Taipei from May 21-27. The conference is expected to draw more than 5,000 delegates from all over the world, an ICN spokesperson said in Geneva on Saturday.

The congress, the biggest one hosted by an international non-governmental organization in Taiwan in recent years, will take place shortly after the World Health Assembly (WHA), which will run from May 16-25 in Geneva.

Linda Carrier-Walker, director of communications and external relations at ICN, told reporters that it has been the ICN's policy to support Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO).

ICN, the World Medical Association, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation are the three members of the World Health Professional Alliance, which has backed Taiwan's efforts to enter the WHO as an observer over the years.

Regarding the ICN conference as one of the most important steps Taiwan has taken in order to join the global health network and earn the recognition of the international society, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Health have been dedicated to helping organize the event.

According to Carrier-Walker, more than 3,000 professionals from 106 countries have registered to join the congress, which is entitled "Nursing on the Move: Knowledge, Innovation and Vitality."

Taiwan plans to offer aid packages to underdeveloped countries for improvement of health facilities during the congress, government sources said.

In the congress, concurrent sessions, symposia and posters will address the following themes: professional practice, regulation, socio-economic welfare, nursing education, and nursing organizations and partnerships.

The congress will also be the venue for ICN Network meetings, workshops and main sessions -- including a focus on traditional medicine. It will permit access to and dissemination of nursing knowledge and innovation across specialties, cultures and countries. The Council of National Representatives, ICN's global governing body, will convene from May 21-23 in Taipei.

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