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Public health has always been a key field for development in international assistance. In the SDGs put forward by the UN in 2015, the goals of public health include ending hunger, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, as well as ensuring access to water and sanitation for all.

In recent years at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the World Health Organization (WHO) has constantly emphasized the importance of universal health coverage, hoping that all countries can provide more comprehensive health services through close public-private cooperation, as well as increase awareness of personal health management and top-down integration of community resources.

As a community member of international assistance and development organizations, the TaiwanICDF has, for many years, used Taiwan’s public health development experience and integrated the resources of domestic medical institutions to assist our diplomatic allies and friendly countries to develop a better medical care environment and level of health. The TaiwanICDF has comprehensively promoted projects from the policy end, medical institution end and community end to assist partner countries improve their capabilities in policy planning and strategies, healthcare personnel training and community health education to move towards the goal of universal health coverage hand in hand.

In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to cope with the increase in deaths from diabetes, the TaiwanICDF cooperated with Mackay Memorial Hospital, known for its excellence in the field of diabetes, to implement the Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes. Based on Taiwan’s extensive experience in this field, the aim is to jointly strengthen the diabetes prevention system in SVG and assist to build a prevention and integrated care system of diabetes. In Paraguay, the TaiwanICDF has cooperated with Cathay General Hospital on the Health Information Management Efficiency Enhancement Project from 2016. The project covers three aspects: establishing a medical information management system, improving digital learning material production capability, and establishing a medical care management system. The aim is to assist Paraguay to gradually set up a medical information system and enhance medical care and service quality in the country.

Adhering to our goal to build the capacity of healthcare personnel of partner countries, the implementation model of the Healthcare Personnel Training Program since its inception in 2005 has been that friendly and allied countries put forward training requirements. Then, after matching by the TaiwanICDF, on-the-job training is provided for healthcare personnel in Taiwan in cooperation with suitable related professional health facilities. In addition, to achieve synergy between projects, this program is paired with training under the TaiwanICDF’s public health projects to allow trainees to serve as contact windows for future cooperation with Taiwan or seed trainers. This speeds up the process of communication in the project preparation phase and capacity building of related healthcare personnel in the future. The TaiwanICDF will continue to make every effort to assist healthcare personnel in various countries increase their professional knowledge and expand skills and experience exchange, to improve the quality of medical care in Taiwan’s diplomatic allies and friendly countries.

In order to expand the TaiwanICDF’s humanitarian assistance from post-disaster recovery and reconstruction to new fields, the TaiwanICDF is implementing the Philippines Integrated Action for Children’s Nutrition Project in cooperation with World Vision in Leyte and Samar provinces in Eastern Visayas. The aims are to improve child health by building child feeding capacity of caregivers in these areas and to assist in the repair and construction of a number of health stations where local children and their families can receive appropriate nutrition and health services. In addition, another focus of the TaiwanICDF is the international refugee issue in the northwestern provinces of Jordan, which house the largest population of Syrian refugees in Jordan. The TaiwanICDF implemented the Rain Water Catchment Systems for Schools and Community Centers in Jordan Project in cooperation with Mercy Corps to enhance the ability of people in communities on water conservation through the installation and repairs of rainwater catchment systems and through awareness raising activities.

In addition, to further raise Taiwan’s visibility in global health cooperation, the TaiwanICDF has shared project achievements at domestic events and held a side event and forum at the WHA in Geneva to share Taiwan’s work and results in international public health and medicine cooperation. This has allowed the international community to see how Taiwan integrates public and private sector resources and the efforts and achievements of partner countries.


Press Releases

  1. Data on prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Belize released for the first time on record, in cooperation with TaiwanICDF and Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
  2. TaiwanICDF and World Vision Tackle Child Malnutrition in the Eastern Visayas of the Philippines
  3. TaiwanICDF Launches Second Round of Healthcare Personnel Training Program for 2017
  4. Reinforcing Paraguay’s Health Information System
  5. TaiwanICDF assists Belizean nurses in acquiring professional certification

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