Aided by Taiwanese hospitals, Belize has produced its first epidemiological report on kidney diseases and Paraguay has shortened patients’ waiting time by 60 percent, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) said yesterday.
The semi-official agency yesterday held a forum in Taipei on international public health aid development, inviting representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and major hospitals to share their experience.
The fund in 2013 started working with domestic hospitals to conduct foreign aid programs and they have this year made many remarkable achievements, ICDF Secretary-General Timothy Hsiang (項恬毅) said.
For example, a program with Far Eastern Memorial Hospital and the Belizean Ministry of Health from February 2016 to August helped the Central American country produce its first-ever epidemiological report on kidney diseases and improve its dialysis services, he said.
Another program with Cathay General Hospital and the Paraguayan Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare has helped reduce wait times of patients in the South American country by 60 percent, he added.
Eswatini has also continued to voice support for Taiwan on the international stage, as Taiwan has helped it improve medical services for expectant mothers and children, Hsiang said.
Echoing the WHO’s goal of establishing universal healthcare coverage, the ICDF plans to increase support for initiatives such as medical image digitalization, metabolic disease relief and medical specialist certification in partner countries, he said.
Mackay Memorial Hospital superintendent Liu Chien-liang (劉建良), reflecting on the hospital’s experience improving diabetes treatment in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, said that he had gifted a special necktie to Saint Vincentian Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment Luke Browne, who wore it at the WHO’s World Health Assembly in May.
To show its appreciation for Taiwan’s help, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in August inaugurated its embassy in Taipei, Liu said.
The fund has an online platform to match the needs of other nations with the specialties of domestic hospitals, ICDF Humanitarian Assistance Department Director Wang Hung-tzu (王宏慈) said.
Some Taiwanese might ask why the fund continues to provide aid to other nations, as many have severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but those who participate in the ICDF’s foreign aid programs often find that they have helped improve people’s lives and broadened their own horizons, she said.
“When we leave, the local government might repair roads, build schools and hospitals, but that is because we visited,” Wang said, echoing remarks by Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara.
The ICDF tries to maintain its role as a “copilot” so that aided countries would learn to develop their own techniques, she said, citing the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness endorsed in 2005.
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
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Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up