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  • From October 1 to 7, Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) cooperated with the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia to conduct free dental clinics and dental education programs in Bodhgaya, India. The Taiwan medical mission team included personnel from the Taiwan Dental Association and Shuang Ho Hospital of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The team worked with Gaya Rotary and Rotaract clubs and the president of the Bodhgaya Lions Club. Children, pregnant women and elders received treatments that included tooth filling, tooth scaling and fluoride varnishing, with a total of 150 cases treated. Dental education programs were also provided to schools and orphanages in Mastipur village.
  • From May 27 to 31, Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) cooperated with the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) to conduct a cleft lip and palate clinic in Parepare, Indonesia. Taiwan’s medical mission team included professionals from the Noordhoff Cranialfacial Foundation and Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. The team offered free cleft lip and palate surgeries at RSUD Andi Makkasau ParePare Hospital, with a total of 29 surgeries performed. Other services included pre-operational evaluation of patients, post-operation follow-ups and health education about wound care. The team shared Taiwan’s techniques for cleft lip and palate treatment with local health care personnel.
  • On April 25, 2015, a magnitude of 7.8 earthquake occurred in Nepal. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encouraged TaiwanIHA to send an evaluation team to Nepal for the post-disaster assessment of medical and disease prevention needs during April 28 to May 5. The team’s tasks included: establishing contact and cooperation with the Nepalese government, international organizations and other foreign assistance teams; evaluating the level of damage to the local health system and the need for medical assistance from Taiwan; and completing the steps needed for a foreign medical mission team. TaiwanIHA also donated five boxes of medical supplies, and Futung District Senior Assistant Health Official Bishnu Prd. Chapagin received the donation on behalf of the Nepalese government.
  • Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) held a training course on civilian-military coordination during foreign disaster response at the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) and invited Ms. René Van Slate, Senior Humanitarian Assistance Advisor for USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, as the speaker. Over 85 participants attending this informative and inspiring course included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, National Fire Agency, Department of Medical Affairs, Hospital and Social Welfare Organizations Administration Commission, Centers for Disease Control, affiliated hospitals, and non-governmental organizations like Taiwan Red Cross, Taiwan Root, Tzu Chi Foundation, and World Vision Taiwan.
  • Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Bangkok with the National Institute for Emergency Medicine (NIEM) of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health. The MOU was signed by NIEM Secretary-General Dr. Anuchar Sethasathien and Dr. Donald T.F. Shang, Office of International Cooperation director for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), who also serves as Executive Director of TaiwanIHA. The MOU signing ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Pairoj Boonsiricamchai, NIEM Deputy Secretary-General, as well as by Section Chief Li-Ying Lai of the Office of International Cooperation and TaiwanIHA health division chief. Supported by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand, this agreement deepens health cooperation between the two nations. During the delegation’s visit to Bangkok, TaiwanIHA officials visited the Thai health ministry and international organizations including USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. They also called on local organizations like the Poh Teck Tung Foundation and the Emergency Department of Vajira Hospital at Navamindradhiraj University. Possible health cooperation has been discussed to strengthen relationships between Thailand and Taiwan.
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