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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 member of the international aid and development community, the TaiwanICDF has been responding to international development trends for many years. The TaiwanICDF uses Taiwan’s public health development experience and integrated the resources of domestic medical institutions to help our partner countries develop a better medical care environment and level of health. The TaiwanICDF comprehensively promotes projects at the policy, health facility, and community levels to assist partner countries improve their capabilities in policy planning and strategies, healthcare personnel training, and community health education to jointly move towards the goal of universal health coverage. To give a few examples, the Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure (Belize), which concluded in 2019, completed Belize's first kidney disease risk factor epidemiological report which served as a reference for the country’s government policies. The Health Information Management Efficiency Enhancement Project (Paraguay) has doubled the average number of patient services in 43 medical institutions and shortened the average waiting time for patients from 2.5 hours to 0.9 hours, and the monthly patient service volume has reached 140,000 persons and continues to increase steadily. The Maternal and Infant Health Care Improvement Project (Kingdom of Eswatini) successfully increased the postnatal care (PNC) rate within 7 to 14 days after child birth in Eswatini from 22 percent in 2015 to 90 percent in 2019. The accomplishments of the above projects have benefited government officials, healthcare service providers, and the general public in these partner countries. The governments of partner countries have often spoken in support of our government in international arenas and have expanded the scales and categories of cooperation with the TaiwanICDF given the excellent partnership experiences.

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.

At the end of 2019, a new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emerged and has since spread rapidly across the world, resulting in the largest global lockdown in contemporary times. The development of globalization has led to structural changes, with industries and economic activities greatly impacted and forced to adapt, and countries attaching more importance to the development of public health and medical systems. In the post-pandemic era for public health and medicine, the TaiwanICDF will continue to expand the scope of cooperation with partner countries, assist in the cultivation of elite talent, proactively introduce technology and equipment to enhance the partner country's operation and management capabilities, and advance digital and intelligent medicine.

Press Releases

  1. TaiwanICDF and USAID cooperate for the first time to host the online training on Health Workforce Management and Data Systems: A Focus on Pacific Island Countries and Health System Resilience
  2. TaiwanICDF is collaborating with Korea-based Good Neighbors and US-based Dimagi Inc. to co-host the Webinar on Strengthening the Public Health System for Maintaining Essential Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  3. Continuing to Bridge the Gap of Access to Health Information and Services for Syrian Refugees in Turkey with mHealth Application
  4. TaiwanICDF Cooperating with Taiwan Nurses Association and CARE to Conduct Webinar on Impact of Nursing Empowerment on Health Care System
  5. Helping Syrian Refugees and Vulnerable Locals in Lebanon Combat Impact of COVID-19, Economic Crisis and Beirut Blast
  6. Partnering with India to Fight COVID-19 through Applying Digital Technology
  7. The TaiwanICDF Cooperates with Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Continuing to Helps St. Kitts and Nevis Fight against Metabolic Diseases
  8. TaiwanICDF Joins Hands with Partner Countries to Combat COVID-19


  1. Poder del Sistema de Información en Salud 2 – Reflexiones de un gerente de proyecto en el extranjero
  2. Power of Health Information Systems- Reflections of an Overseas Project Manager
  3. Maternal and Infant Health Care Improvement Project in the Kingdom of Eswatini (Phase II)
  4. Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes in St. Vincent
  5. Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Kidney Disease in St. Kitts and Nevis
  6. Assisting the Recovery of Nepal Earthquake Affected Health Posts Project (Nepal)
  7. Maternal and Infant Health Care Improvement Project in the Kingdom of Swaziland
  8. Camino hacia la recuperación y dignidad
  9. Journey Towards Recovery and Dignity
  10. Poder del Sistema de Información en Salud
  11. Healthy Kidneys, Healthy Belize
  12. Trayendo Sol a Nicaragua

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