2007 year Press Release
  • 2007/12/19
    On December 11th 2007, through the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Managua, Nicaragua, Taiwan International Health Action (Taiwan IHA) granted the amount of USD $5,000 to sponsor the Center for International Rehabilitation (CIR) in Chicago, USA and the National Center of Production of Technical Assistance and Orthoprothesic Elements (CENAPROTO) in Nicaragua for the project ‘‘The Smile and Hope of the Disabled Kids’’, which aims at assisting disabled children of superior or inferior limbs with prosthesis. The project includes the training of ten Nicaraguan technicians to operate a reusable molding system for the manufacture of artificial members with a new technology that improves the productivity and quality of prosthetic services at low cost, it also allows the elaboration of transtibial prosthesis to the patient in a single medical visit. Since its inception in March 2006, Taiwan IHA has dedicated to integrating and optimizing the medical and healthcare resources of Taiwan’s public and private sector for international humanitarian assistance and global medical and healthcare cooperation. <a href="96/961219/1b.jpg?phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac&phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac" target="_dynamic"><img src="96/961219/1s.jpg" width="195" height="130" border="0" alt="另開新視窗" class="float_l"/></a><a href="96/961219/2b.jpg?phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac&phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac" target="_dynamic"><img src="96/961219/2s.jpg" width="180" height="184" border="0" alt="另開新視窗" class="float_l" style="margin-left:5px;"/></a> <div class="cleaner"></div>
  • 2007/11/21
    World Medical Association President Jon Snaedal and his wife Gudrun Karlsdottir arrived in Taiwan Nov. 11 on their first visit to the country, after accepting an invitation from the Taiwan Medical Association and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his seven-day trip, which is to end Nov. 17, Snaedal was to attend numerous meetings focusing on Taiwan's health policies and its involvement in international health issues. Ambassador-at-Large Wu Yung-tung, a former head of the TMA, said Nov. 13, "We also arranged for Snaedal to visit the Industrial Technology Research Institute and the Medical Electronics and Device Technology Center in the Hsinchu Science Park, as he expressed an interest to see more of Taiwan's biomedical industry and its products." Wu added that after Snaedal returns to his home country of Iceland, the WMA head will write a report on his visit and introduce Taiwan's medical and public-health development to members of the medical association. Snaedal, born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1950, attended the University of Iceland's Faculty of Medicine. After specializing in geriatrics, medical ethics and dementia, he obtained a license to practice and teach in both Iceland and Sweden. The Icelandic geriatrician, who is also an associate professor at the Geriatric Department at Landspitali University Hospital, Iceland, was elected president of the WMA in 2006, and his term of office, which started in October 2007, is for one year. The WMA used to be based in New York, but since 1974, the group's headquarters have been in Ferney-Voltaire, France. In other health-related news, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, a DC-10 jet aircraft outfitted with medical equipment, made a four-day visit to Taiwan Nov. 8 to 11. The FEH's "Open Your Eyes Tour" not only aims to raise awareness of preventable blindness in children worldwide, but also provides an opportunity for ORBIS supporters and sponsors to see inside the ORBIS FEH and the work that the hospital accomplishes. In this way, more people might be encouraged to support the organization's global sight-saving mission, ORBIS Taiwan said in a Nov. 8 statement. "This is the FEH's fourth visit to Taiwan. The mobile ophthalmic clinic previously visited Taiwan in 1999, 2003 and 2005," Ramona Tzou, executive director of ORBIS Taiwan, said Nov. 13, adding, "On this visit, about 1,300 people who made cash donations to the FEH have visited the plane." Before visiting a country, the FEH spends time studying the local situation, so it can decide the best medical strategy for the needs of the people. "If no treatment is required, we then use our onboard teaching theater and online medical exchanges to transfer our eye-care expertise to the local doctors," Erwin Temmerman, director of the ORBIS FEH, noted in ORBIS Taiwan's statement. In 2007, he went on to say, the hospital has visited Malaysia, China, India, Syria and Taiwan. After leaving Taiwan, the FEH headed to Hong Kong and Macau, after which it will visit Cambodia in December. The New York-based ORBIS International is a nonprofit global development organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. Since 1982, ORBIS programs have enhanced the skills of over 145,000 eye-care professionals in 85 countries and have provided treatment to more than 4.4 million people, according to figures released by ORBIS Taiwan. ORBIS Taiwan, established in Taipei in 2001, is one of 10 international affiliates of ORBIS. Due to Taiwan's high standard of ophthalmology and economic development, the ORBIS organization decided to open its second fund-raising office in Asia after Hong Kong, said ORBIS Taiwan's website.
  • 2007/11/16
    At the invitation of Ambassador-at-Large Dr. Yung Tung Wu, who is also a member of the Taiwan Medical Association, and Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Jon Snaedal, President of the World Medical Association, will visit Taiwan on November 11-17, accompanied by his wife, Ms. Gudrun Karlsdottir. During the trip, the couple's first ever to Taiwan, Dr. Snaedal will exchange views with officials from several governmental agencies and scholars on the Taiwan government's medical policies and international medical and health cooperation. This will help Dr. Snaedal gain a better understanding of Taiwan's concrete contributions and international efforts to prevent the spread of pandemics. Dr. Snaedal and his wife will receive an audience with President Chen Shui-bian at the Presidential Office, where they can exchange views on related issues. Moreover, the couple will attend the ceremony to celebrate the 60th National Doctor's Day on November 12. Dr. Snaedal will also call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Center for Disease Control, and National Health Insurance Bureau. Dr. Snaedal will also attend a seminar on dementia hosted by Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. Dr. Minn-Fu Chen, superintendent of the hospital's main center; Dr. Che-Kun James Chen, a research fellow at Academia Sinica; and other distinguished professionals are also expected to participate in the event. Excursions to Taroko National Park, Buddhist Tsu Chi General Hospital, cultural sites and city landmarks are scheduled for them as well. The doctor and his wife will also tour Yingge Ceramics Museum, National Palace Museum and Taipei 101. Dr. Snaedal was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and received his education at the University of Iceland's medical school. With specialization in geriatrics, medical ethics, and dementia, he was licensed to practice and teach in both Iceland and Sweden. He was elected president of the World Medical Association, the world's most influential international non-governmental organization in the field of medicine. His term of office, which started in October 2007, is for one year. <a href="96/961117/1b.jpg?phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac&phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac" target="_dynamice"><img src="96/961117/1s.jpg" border="0" width="179" height="135" /></a>
  • 2007/09/21
    Braving heavy rain and strong wind, the 5 members of Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) emergency medical relief team were rushed to the airport to embark on the airplane to Peru despite imminent arrival of Setpa typhoon in the evening of August 17, 2007. (The airports of Taiwan were closed the next day due to typhoon.) At 6:41 in the evening of August 15 (August 16, Taipei time), 2007, Peru was heavily hit by an earthquake of 8 on the Richter scale. According to media reports, more than 450 people died, thousands were injured and 80,000 left homeless in the hardest-hit city, Pisco. Electricity, water and communications were lost as well. After confirming and assessing the result of the disaster, TaiwanIHA immediately dispatched its emergency medical team to Peru. The five-member medical team includes Chief of Medics, Dr. Chen Hou-Chaung (an orthopedic surgeon from Taichung Hospital), Dr. Ker Cheng-Chin (a physician from Taipei Hospital), Ms. Shin Yi-Jen (registered nurse at Taipei Hospital), Ms. Lien Shu-Fen (public health specialist) and Mr. Lee Szu-Min, the chief of administration at TaiwanIHA. They brought 8 boxes of medical supplies and traveled over 20 hours to arrive in Peru in the afternoon on August 18. Wasting no time, upon arrival, the team immediately proceeded to the town of Pisco preparing to work. TaiwanIHA was the first foreign medical relief team to arrive and it was also the only such team from Asia. At the dawn of August 19, the team proceeded to the village of San Clemente and commenced its work. Nearly 200 patients were treated on that same day. Treatments included trauma, broken bones, fractures, flu and asthma. Aside from stationed consultation service, the team also walked into the community to offer medical assistance to the old and disabled patients. The team was also entrusted by the hospital to distribute dry- hand- cleanser to the workers and chefs of 27 temporary community kitchens for improving hygienic standards under the circumstances of lacking water. On August 20, the ”Taiwanese Businessmen Association in Peru” donated half a container of food to the World Vision, and the other half to the people of disaster-striken area of San Clemente. On August 22, the delegation from the “ Dharma Drum Mountain Foundation”, a Buddhist charity group of Taiwan founded by Venerable Master Sheng Yen , arrived with the supply worthy of US$10,000. The three groups from Taiwan worked hand in hand providing material aid as well as comfort to the victims of the earthquake. They were heartily welcomed and cheered by the locals. The TaiwanIHA medical team accomplished its eight-day humanitarian mission of medical relief and returned to Taiwan in the evening of August 28. In the Press Conference at TaiwanIHA on the next day, a reporter asked team members what was their deepest impression from the mission, “It was quite impressive to see those people, especially the children remain with smiling faces in such a desperate environment. Their smiles dispelled all the fatigue and difficulties we encountered, and they were worth all the efforts we made.” said Mr. Lee. Because of the immediate assistance and the enthusiasm demonstrated in the humanitarian works, the medical team of TaiwanIHA received much appreciation and admiration by locals as well as the recognition of other international humanitarian organizations. In addition to TaiwanIHA’s contribution, the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) also donated US$100,000 to the government of Peru. The Tzuchi Foundation, Buddhist Compassion Relief founded by Dharma Master Cheng Yen, is organizing a team to evaluate the ways of participating in the post-disaster reconstruction. The mission carried out by TaiwanIHA and other groups from Taiwan is meaningful and it proves that Taiwan is ready to render its assistance to those who is in need regardless of the distance.
  • 2007/09/21
    As I sat on a plane with four other colleagues en route to Lima, Peru on August 20, 2007, I kept thinking and imagining what it was like over there. I remembered when an earthquake of a similar magnitude hit Taiwan in 1999 and how it destroyed the livelihoods of many people. I also remembered the many volunteers and organizations that came to Taiwan’s aid during the aftermath; and now, it was my chance to give back and help others. I was informed that the Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) Charity and Social Welfare Foundation was assembling a relief team to Peru, and I immediately volunteered to join as I am fluent in Spanish which might help the team’s local operations. We finally arrived at the Pisco airport by military plane that the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office helped arrange. The roads were so badly damaged that no cars could drive through. I felt a sigh of relief seeing all the non-governmental organizations already there helping out. Looking around, I felt a sudden surge of energy and encouragement as I saw how everyone was trying to help out. As we drove to Plaza del Alma in Pisco, my heart sank deeper and deeper. Although we arrived five days later, it seemed as though the earthquake had just hit. There was a thick blanket of dust covering the city, nearly all the buildings were damaged. There were people going through the rubble trying to find what remains of their home. We passed by a church that had collapsed during mass, in which 148 people were killed. I pictured in my head the serenity they must have felt to have died alongside their faith. Our team set-up a mobile aid center to distribute the food that we had brought. There were three fully loaded trucks of food. Even before we were ready, there were people begging us for food and water. Their faces were completely distraught by the earthquake. I saw mothers holding their crying baby with one hand, and the other reaching out for help. I was so shocked and disheartened by what I saw. Nothing in my experiences could have prepared me for this scene. I tried to fill as many empty hands as I could, but as one hand retreated another came out. In just a matter of moments, all the food that we have brought was gone. As the crowd retreated I felt a dagger in my heart watching as they left in dismay. I looked around and noticed there was a little girl, she could not have been any older than 10 years of age. She kept pointing at the empty plastic bags left on the truck. I knelt down and held her hands telling her that there was no more food. She then looked behind her and looked back at me and shook her head and kept pointing at the bags. I saw that she was looking at her mother who was standing at the side, she must have been too worried about hurting her baby to have come up to beg for food, so she sent her little girl. The little girl then pointed towards the sky and said “Techo, techo”. It meant “roof” in Spanish. I soon realized what she had meant. She wanted the left over plastic bags for her roof. I felt a sudden chill behind my spine. I realized that it was only 10 degrees Celsius outside and that these people were cold and hungry. I grabbed the empty bags and gave it to her. I could not help but let the tears in my eyes fall. When the little girl saw me crying, she wanted to hand me back the bags, she thought I was sad because I gave away my bags. I said, “No, it’s for you!” I saw an innocent smile and she ran back to her mom with the empty bags. Plastic bags, something we take for granted, something so ordinary in our daily lives that we discard it almost effortlessly; but to this little girl, it meant a roof to keep them warm. I closed my eyes as tears kept pouring down. I had to walk away. During my days there, I saw communal kitchens set up. They all had six pots of rice and beans, but 250 hungry mouths waiting to share it. Hardly anyone could have crunched their hungers. But it was all that could have been given. On the last day, while waiting for a flight back to Lima for more supplies, there was no more food left for our team. That day, we went without eating, but I felt that it was the most satisfying meals that we ever had. Seeing those starving children, I thought, if by not eating, I could feed just one more child, then it was all worth it. I now sit in my desk back home. I was so saddened by my experiences that I wanted to write this story. Many of us, we watch the television news, we may even have made a small contribution to the disaster relief fund. But nothing could compare to what I saw those few days. Sending many people away because we had ran out of food was so heartbreaking that I could only close my eyes; hoping that this was all a nightmare, but no, it was not a dream. We can turn off our televisions, shut the newspaper, just as I shut my eyes and these people may seem to be in another world. The truth is, these people are homeless, hungry and cold. Now, I want to open my eyes and open those of the reader, hoping to bring help to these people. We gave food to a handful of people, but an even greater number of people are still homeless and starving. As heart breaking as my experiences were, I am nonetheless grateful for having this opportunity to give back on behalf of DDM and of Taiwan. I would also like to show my appreciation to all the NGO’s and volunteers that went to help out. My heart goes out to them. On my desk, I see DDM’s motto: “To build pure land on Earth”. Now more than ever, I take that to heart. By helping others as they have helped us, the appreciation, the purity and sincerity of their gratitude gives us hope that they, as receivers of help, will one day be givers of help when they are needed. By lending our hands when they have been lent to us in the past, we can, slowly, build a pure land on earth one step at a time. * The author, Ms. Susan Chen, is a senior specialist of the International Relations Division, Dharma Drum Mountain Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. <img src="96/960924/05.jpg" class="float_l" border="0" width="172" height="115"/><img src="96/960924/06.jpg" class="float_l" style="margin-left:5px;" border="0" width="172" height="115"/><img src="96/960924/07.jpg" class="float_l" style="margin-left:5px;" border="0" width="172" height="115"/> <div class="cleaner"></div>
  • 2007/09/21
    Dharma Drum Mountain's relief team successfully completed their six-day humanitarian operation in offering aid to quake-affected victims in Peru, with up to 1,600 households (more than 5,000 victims) receiving both material and spiritual benefits. On 15 August 2007, a deadly earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck southern Peru, claiming over 500 lives and leaving more than tens of thousands of people homeless. Motivated by Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva’s (Guanyin) universal compassion of “extending a thousand hands to assist and a thousand eye to see,” Dharma Drum Mountain has been actively in social service and charitable activities locally and overseas. Venerable Master Sheng Yen responded to the disaster by immediately instructing DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation to form a relief team. DDM’s primary goal of the emergency assistance and disaster relief program is to provide counseling and solace, as well as material aid, to victims. The team, including Mr. Lee Haotso, Ms. Chen Yunsan, Mr. Yen Jongbin and Mr. Paul Kennedy, left for Peru on the evening of 19 August, carrying letters of condolences from Venerable Master Sheng Yen and the Abbot President of DDM, Venerable Guo Dong. The team arrived in Lima,the capital of Peru, in the early morning of 22 August. On the same day, they visited San Clemente City, where 80% of houses had been heavily impacted by the quake, leaving 15,000 homeless. Using the budget of US$20,000 granted by DDM and with the help of the Representative of Taiwan's the Economic and Cultural Office in Peru, Mr. Huang Liensheng, the parliamentarian, Mr. Edgar Nunez Roman, who lost his beloved ones in the quake, and Taiwanese entrepreneurs in Peru, such as Mr. Chen Hsinghsiung and Mr. Chen Chihchien, the relief team quickly and successfully procured relief materials, including daily necessities such as rice, cooking oil, milk and sugar, at the local market. On 25 August, a long meeting was held by participants to determine the most efficient and safest method of distributing relief materials to the victims. On the morning of 26 August, the team set off for Pisco Province, the most severely affected region, to commence the operation, guided by Mr. Huang, Mr. Roman and the Taiwanese entrepreneurs. The distribution of relief materials was conducted in an orderly fashion in Tambo de Mora City, San Clemente City and at Universidad Alas Peruana (one of Peru's universities), with assistances of local volunteers, polices and students. Each household was given a portion of daily necessities to last two weeks. Taiwan International Health Action, one of Taiwan's humanitarian groups working in Peru, also joined the team to give a hand in offering medical assistance. The mission was meaningful and successful, and planted a seed of compassion in the mind of Peru's people in line with DDM's vision of "building a pure land on earth". <img src="96/960924/01.jpg" class="float_l" border="0" width="199" height="151"/><img src="96/960924/02.jpg" class="float_l" style="margin-left:5px;" border="0" width="199" height="151"/><img src="96/960924/03.jpg" class="float_l" style="margin-left:5px;" border="0" width="199" height="151"/> <img src="96/960924/04.jpg" style="margin-top:5px;" class="float_l" border="0" width="199" height="151"/> <div class="cleaner"></div>
  • 2007/09/12
    Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) dispatched a medical relief team on the night of August 17, 2007 to Pisco, Peru, where was hit severely by an earthquake on August 16(Taipei Time), for providing medical assistance. The TaiwanIHA medical team accomplished its one-week mission of medical humanitarian relief and returned to Taiwan in the evening of August 28. At 6:41 in the evening of August 15, 2007, Peru was hit hardly by an earthquake of 8 degrees in the Richter scale. After receiving the information, TaiwanIHA immediately sent a medical team to Peru despite immediate arrival of Setpa typhoon in the evening of August 17. The five-member medical team includes Chief of Medics, Dr. Chen Hou-Chaung (orthopedist at Taichung Hospital), Dr. Ker Cheng-Chin (Taipei Hospital), Ms. Shin Yi-Jen (registered nurse at Taipei Hospital), Ms. Lien Shu-Fen (public health specialist) and Mr. Lee Szu-Min, the chief of administration at TaiwanIHA. They brought 8 boxes of medical supplies and traveled over 20 hours to arrive in Peru in the afternoon on August 18. Wasting no time, upon arrival, the team then immediately proceeded to the town of Pisco, and it was the first such foreign medical relief teram to arrive . Under the arrangements made by Peruvian Health Minister Dr. Carlos Vallejos, the team was stationed in the local San Juan de Ica hospital. At the dawn of August 19, the team proceeded to the village of San Clemente and commenced its work, treating near 200 patients on that same day. Because of the immediate assistance and the enthusiasm demonstrated in the humanitarian works, the medical team of TaiwanIHA received much appreciation and admiration by locals as well as other international humanitarian organizations. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS),an integrating center of information relating to major international disasters and humanitarian assistance, along with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC),listed TaiwanIHA as one of the international relief organizations participating the relief work in Peru.
  • 2007/09/12
    A medical relief team sent by Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) arrived in Peru’s capital, Lima, at 2pm on August 18. The team, together with Mr. Huang Lien-sheng, the Representative of Oficina Economicay Cultural de Taipei, immediately left by Peruvian military plane for Pisco, the city hardest hit, and was the first such foreign team to arrive. The team had left Taiwan as planned despite the imminent arrival of typhoon Setpa, and was welcomed in Peru by the Minister of Health of Peru, Dr. Carlos Vallejos, after a grueling 20 hour flight. Mr. Huang Lien-sheng, the Representative of Oficina Economicay Cultural de Taipei, personally handed a US$100,000 donation from the Taiwanese government to Minister Vallejos, who thanked the people and government of Taiwan for their care and action in Peru’s time of need. Special mention was given to the bravery of the medical team in such adverse conditions. The five-member medical team includes Chief of Medics, Dr. Chen Hou-Chaung (orthopedist at Taichung Hospital), Dr. Ker Cheng-Chin (Taipei Hospital), Ms. Shin Yi-Jen (registered nurse at Taipei Hospital), Ms. Lien Shu-Fen (public health specialist) and Mr. Lee Szu-Min, the chief of administration at TaiwanIHA. Arriving at the disaster area, the team immediately began work with Juan de Dios de Ica hospital and departed for the village of San Clemente at dawn on August 19 to treat the injured. The earthquake, which registered 8 on the Richter scale, and the numerous after-shocks caused 427 deaths. A further 829 people were injured and more than 10,000 people were made homeless. The following day, the Oficina Economica y Cultural de Taipei expressed to Peruvian President Alan Garcia its sympathy and willingness for Taiwan to provide humanitarian aid. TaiwanIHA then immediately activated its emergency procedures and sent the medical team, complete with medical supplies, to Peru.
  • 2007/08/31
    On June 26 this year, Taipei Hospital and Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) jointly held the first touring seminar of “Medics in the world – Outlook on Taiwan international medical assistance.” The seminar was hosted by the Superintendent Huang, Kun-Chang of Taipei Hospital, and representation of Ministry of Health and Welfare by Senior Shan, Cheng-Ren from the Bureau of International Cooperation. Guest speakers included Chairman Liu, Chi-Cheun sharing foreign aid experiences from Taiwan Roots, Special commissioner Chang, Wan-Lu from Ministry of Foreign Affairs detailing case study in international coordination and cooperation in medical diplomacy, and Dr. Cheng Hou-Chaung providing international emergency aid alternative methodologies based on Solomon Tsunami aid in April as background. The seminar was attended by more than forty administrators and clinical staffs from the Ministry of Health and Welfare northern alliance hospitals, and the experiences and discussions received great enthusiasm.
  • 2007/08/28
    A powerful magnitude 8 earthquake and several aftershocks struck the Republic of Peru Aug. 15, reportedly leaving 427 people dead, 829 injured and more than 80,000 homeless, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson David Wang stated Aug. 17. The government of Taiwan donated US$100,000 for disaster relief through its representative office in Peru, despite the fact that the country has not had diplomatic relations with Taiwan since 1971, Wang added. On behalf of his government, Huang Lien-sheng, Taiwan's representative in Peru, expressed Aug. 16 the nation's deepest concern to Peruvian President Alan Garcia and the willingness to provide humanitarian supplies, medical aid and a rescue team, Wang said. On hearing the news, Taiwan International Health Action, founded by the MOFA and the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2006, dispatched a medical team to Peru Aug. 17, TaiwanIHA said the same day. TaiwanIHA is a task force drawing on expertise from different government agencies and private bodies in a bid to integrate human and material resources to provide emergency and humanitarian medical assistance to countries in need. The medical team sent to Peru is composed of five Taiwanese: Chen Hou-chaung, a Taichung Hospital orthopedic surgeon and chief of TaiwanIHA's medical division; Ker Cheng-chin, a surgeon from Taipei Hospital in charge of the infectious diseases department; Shin Yi-jen, a Taipei Hospital nurse; and TaiwanIHA staff members Lee Szu-min and Lien Shu-fen. The team arrived in Lima, the capital of Peru, Aug. 18, and immediately proceeded to Pisco, the most seriously damaged area, accompanied by Huang, TaiwanIHA stated Aug. 20. Huang personally handed Taiwan's donation check to Peruvian Health Minister Carlos Vallejos, who was grateful to Taiwan's government and its people for taking action to help out in the nation's disaster area, the agency noted. Taiwan's team was the first foreign medical group to arrive in Pisco, according to TaiwanIHA. The team members set up a base in San Juan de Dios, a local hospital, Aug. 18, and offered medical services in San Clemente Aug. 19, the agency claimed, adding that nearly one hundred patients received medical treatment that morning. The team departed from Taiwan when Typhoon Sepat was about to strike the nation, TaiwanIHA noted, saying that the country of Peru appreciated that the team still chose to go in spite of the oncoming storm and possible danger. <img src="96/960828/01s.jpg" class="float_l" border="0" width="189" height="145" /> <div class="cleaner"></div>
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