2006 year Press Release
  • 2006/12/28
    A senior anesthetist, from Taiwan, Dr. Luk, Hsiang-ning is providing free medical service at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) for at least two weeks and give lectures in anesthesia for the hospital staff. The Taiwanese Embassy in Solomon Islands made the quick arrangement following the departure of an Israeli anesthetist who left Solomon Islands at the end of his contract in June this year. Dr. Hsiang-ning an associate professor from the Taiwan’s Defence Medical Centre arrived in the country on December 26 in response to a request from the National Referral Hospital. “The NRH has been lacking of professional anesthetists since the head of anesthesia from Israel finished his contract and left Honiara in June this year. This has resulted in a serious reduction in surgical services and costing the NRH dearly to bring in locums from PNG and some other countries,” Second Secretary from the ROC Embassy in Honiara, Mr. William Hsu said. Mr. Hsu said Dr. Hsiang-ning who also lectures in many other medical universities in Taiwan has been an anesthetist for more than 25 years. He got a bachelor degree in medical science and a master degree in pharmacology from National Defense Medical Centre in Taiwan, as well as a PhD of physiology from Leuven University, Belgium. The doctor also brought in a machine called Gleidoscope, a video-directed tracheal incubation monitor for the use of general anesthesia, and also some other anesthesia medicines and equipment for boosting the logistic support of the operating theatre in the NRH. William Hsu said: “The Gleidoscope is worth about SBD$ 250,000 and will be donated to the hospital. “This anesthetic machine will be the first modern ones among the South Pacific islands states and will greatly enhance the performance of surgeons and anesthetic staff in the hospital. “The ROC Taiwan Embassy and the National Referral Hospital would like to thank Solomon Airlines for helping Dr. Luk to bring in this precious machine from Brisbane to Honiara and for waving extra luggage of medical supplies, which will be donated to the hospital.”
  • 2006/12/04
    The second annual Global Forum for Health Leaders ended on a high note yesterday with a handful of leading international health and government leaders voicing their support for Taiwan's continual bid to enter the World Health Organization. World Medical Association President Kgos Letlape pledged to do his best to facilitate dialogue between the Taiwan Medical Association and its Chinese counterpart to seek ways of resolving the differences between the two sides. "One of the biggest reasons why China has been so opposed to Taiwan's participation in the WHO is the name issue," he noted. "By holding an open dialogue, the two parties would have an opportunity to express their opinions and try to reach to a middle ground on the issue." Letlape observed that, based on his experience, it is often difficult to solve any problem if the parties involved are isolated from one another. However, he urged that Taiwan establish a consensus on the name issue before launching any cross-strait talks. Malawi Minister of Health Marjorie Ngaunje argued that Taiwan has every reason to be part of the international health watchdog because "all people have the right to health and life." "The WHO is an organization designed to create more international collaboration on health issues. Although Taiwan is not part of the organization, it is already doing its part by holding such forum," she said. This year's GFHL was attended by more than 300 health experts from more than 30 countries. She thanked Taiwan for making various medical contributions to her country and urged that the WHO to take immediate action to secure Taiwan's full participation in the organization. Using the analogy of an individual on a journey, Ngaunje said it is easy for an individual to walk or run alone for a short distance, but it is necessary to have companions if the journey is long, as is the case in working towards the WHO's "health for all" goal. Another advocate of Taiwan's entry to the WHO, Delon Human, the president of Health Diplomat, said many health professional believe that despite Taiwan's absence from the international organization, Taiwan has already done much in participating in global health efforts. He referred to a remark by another participant who said Taiwan should be formally and completely included in the WHO because of the country's excellent research facilities and high quality health care system. Moreover, Taiwan is known to be a "global champion" in humanitarian aid as exemplified in the government sponsored group, Taiwan International Health Action, he said. He also quoted a Vietnamese delegate who thanked Taiwan for its generous donation of 600,000 anti-viral Tamiflu capsules during a bird flu outbreak in Vietnam last year. As a public health surveillance agency, the WHO must find a way to resolve the Taiwan matter from a health issue perspective and not wait for a political solution because it could take years before the political issue is resolved, he stated. "The WHO's International Health Regulations 2005 will be implemented in June next year. I urge that all sides, including the non-governmental organizations, the WHO, and the governments of Taiwan and China make every effort to include Taiwan as part of the health network," Human stressed. In addition to discussing topics such as global health security and improving the condition of health work force, the forum participants also agreed on an action plan on the sustainability of global health called "Global Forum for Health Leaders Initiative." The initiative aims to address the challenges of developing and retaining human resources, maintaining regional and global health security, planning effective strategies for major diseases, developing international health norms and ethics, establishing precautionary principles in public health practices, and securing Taiwan's participation in regional and global health.
  • 2006/11/06
    The Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine will hold the 28<sup>th</sup> World Congress of Internal Medicine at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) from November 10-13, 2006, with the theme: Internal Medicine in the IT Era. TaiwanIHA is sponsoring the conference and helping to invite important foreign dignitaries. The conference’s opening ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 on Friday November 10 at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). Professor Lee Yuan-tei, the conference chairperson, will host the opening ceremony and has invited high-ranking officials to give remarks. Professor Thomas Kjellstrom, chairperson of the World Congress of Internal Medicine, will also speak at the ceremony. Senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, as well as important leaders in the field of medicine and health, will attend. The Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine is providing two exhibition booths for TaiwanIHA and its related groups for promotional purposes. TaiwanIHA has invited Global Medical Instruments Support & Service and the Taiwan Nurses Association to share the booths for this important event. The International Society of Internal Medicine (ISIM), a very important international medical organization established in Switzerland in 1948, has 59 state members and 3000 individual members. Taiwan joined the ISIM in 1996, becoming the 46th member state. This is the first ISIM conference to be held in Taiwan, and it is expected that the total number of international and local participants will reach 7500. It will promote Taiwan and its position in the field of medicine internationally, giving Taiwan’s participation in international medicine and health circles considerable momentum.
  • 2006/09/13
    The World Health Assembly’s Resolution on Traditional Medicine (WHA 56.31) calls for countries to respect traditional medicine and implement a strategy to promote it. In recent years, traditional medicine has become a part of Taiwan’s mainstream healthcare. Its achievements and experiences have let Taiwan’s traditional medicine become a vanguard globally, with many professionals coming to Taiwan from abroad to make observations and seek assistance. Taiwan seeks to promote its healthcare assistance and strengthen its international cooperation on traditional medicine. As a result, Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) and Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare (DOH) will convene the 2006 CAM/TM Professional Training Program at China Medical University in Taichung City from September 19 to October 2, 2006. Besides sharing Taiwan’s experiences in and model for developing Taiwan’s traditional medicine, the program will further assist other countries pursuing the development of their own traditional medicine to construct a related management system. This training course will host 28 high-level traditional medicine officials and academics, including 11 PhD holders and 5 doctors, from 22 of Taiwan’s friendly allies. In addition, another 20 representatives of varying levels from Taiwan’s DOH agencies, Chinese medicine healthcare institutes, and Chinese medicine manufacturers will participate to help spur exchanges and cooperation. The program will start by letting the participants better understand Taiwan by introducing the advancements made in Taiwan’s domestic medical environment. Topics will cover Taiwan’s experiences in administering its medical and pharmaceutical industries, food sanitation, disease prevention and national health insurance. Also to be discussed are Taiwan’s healthcare, government policies, R&D, relevant regulations, and good manufacturing practices (GMP) for Chinese medicines. Participants will also tour the Chinese medicine ward of Chang Kung Memorial Hospital, Pingtung Christian Hospital, Sun Ten Pharmaceutical Co., Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co., and some scenic areas of Taiwan. At 3:30 PM on September 15, the DOH and TaiwanIHA will hold a press conference at the reception room of the DOH. To wrap up the program, a tea party will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 PM on the fifth floor conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Lin Chao-keng will be invited to deliver the speech Health Cultivation of Chinese Medicine. He not only practices Chinese medicine but also holds a PhD. Also to be invited are diplomatic missions stationed in Taiwan. After the reception, a press conference will be held. This training camp marks Taiwan’s largest exchange activity in terms of the number of traditional medicine personnel coming to Taiwan from overseas. It will also aid in strengthening medical and health cooperation between Taiwan and its diplomatic allies, while raising the image of Taiwan’s health standards abroad. In the meantime, the program will also help promote traditional medicine internationally and express Taiwan’s willingness and ability to contribute to realizing WHA resolutions.
  • 2006/08/01
    1. TaiwanIHA has commissioned Taiwan Nurses Association to launch the 2006 Nursing Leaders’ Training Program. The program will be held on August 1 at the Foreign Service Institute. 24 senior nursing staffs from 12 countries including the Solomon Island, the Marshall Island, Kiribati, Palau, Nauru, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Mongolia will participate in the program. 2. The purpose of the 2006 Nursing Leaders’ Program is to give back to the international community using Taiwan’s premium nursing achievements to assist participating countries in elevating their health care quality, and to encourage bilateral cooperation on health and medical care. Participants are among the elite nursing staff in their respective countries, and will receive training at eight medical centers after the opening ceremony on August 1. The program will end on August 22. 3. Since its inception of in January, TaiwanIHA has engaged in multiple international humanitarian aid and cooperation projects. When the Philippines was dealing with the destruction caused by the landslide on February 17, the following day TaiwanIHA immediately airlifted nearly 900 kg of emergency kits to the Philippines’ National Disaster Relief Coordination Center. When a major earthquake hit Jogjakarta in Indonesia, TaiwanIHA sent three emergency medical aid teams with rescue and medical equipment to assist with post-disaster reconstruction. Earlier this April, when avian flu broke out in Burkina Faso, TaiwanIHA sent a team of specialists with disinfectants and protective equipment to assist with disease prevention and education. On June 9, a delegation was sent to Chad to prevent avian flu from spreading. On international health care cooperation, TaiwanIHA collaborated with the world-renowned International Center for Migration and Health (ICMH) on the production of avian flu prevention booklets, which were published in multiple languages. Also, TaiwanIHA launched the 2006 Global Medical Instruments Support and Service (GMISS) to collect used but still usable equipment from hospitals to donate to friendly allies that are in desperate need of medical resources. 4. In addition to the 2006 Nursing Leaders’ Program, TaiwanIHA has also commissioned China Medical University to launch a “Professional Training Camp on Alternative/Traditional Medicine”. The camp is scheduled to run from September 18 to October 3, 28 doctors from 22 countries are invited to attend the camp. <a href="95/950801/cn0801.jpg?phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac&phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac" target="_dynamice"><img src="95/950801/scn0801.jpg" border="0" width="150" height="100" /></a>
  • 2006/06/19
    On June 12, 2006, Head of Taipei Mission Ambassador Matthew S. Lee donated, on behalf of the Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA), 41,000 USD to Rezekne City for the construction of a lift for use by the handicapped in the citys health care center. A donation ceremony was held in Rezekne City Council by Mayor Juris VJAKSE, who in his welcoming speech extended great appreciation to Taiwan and stressed that the donation will bring long-expected convenience to the aged and handicapped patients in the whole Rezekne region. The Mayor promised to complete the project before the end of this year. Hon. Elita Snepste, Chairperson of Latvia-Taiwan Interparliamentary Co-operation Group of the Saeima and Dr. Beatrise ORINSKA, Director of the health care center were present in the ceremony, together with other city council officials and the media. When asked about the purpose of the donation, Ambassador Lee said that Taiwan, as a country with world-known economic achievements, is willing to contribute to the world as Love from Taiwan. Since its establishment in April 2006, TaiwanIHA has been strengthening cooperation with health and medical institutes around the world, in pursuit of the noble end of the World Health Organizationthe attainment of the highest level of health care for the whole human being. The donation by TaiwanIHA represents friendship from Taiwan to Latvian people. It will not only help the needed, but also strengthen the relations between the two countries. In particular, Ambassador Lee thanked Hon. Elita SNEPSTE for her assistance and advice, and wished the project success. He hopes there will more such cooperation plans in the near future. <a href="95/950619/bpic1.jpg?phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac&phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac" target="_dynamic"><img src="95/950619/spic1.jpg" class="float_l" width="150" height="112" /></a> <a href="95/950619/bpic2.jpg?phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac&phpMyAdmin=76fdad3a3575c739be524d86055f0eac" target="_dynamic"><img src="95/950619/spic2.jpg" class="float_l" style="margin-left:5px;" width="150" height="112" /></a> <div class="cleaner"></div>
  • 2006/05/30
    To provide immediate and comprehensive care for the victims of the Indonesia earthquake, the government-sponsored Taiwan International Health Action group dispatched three additional doctors to the affected area yesterday, a health official said. The two orthopedists and one general practitioner were the second batch of relief workers sent from Taiwan, said Peter Chang (iZ), director-general of the Bureau of International Cooperation under the Ministry of Health and Welfare. They will be providing emergency medical care at the ad hoc triage centers set up by the Taiwan search and rescue team, which arrived less than 30 hours after the 6.3 magnitude earthquake, Chang added. "Taiwan IHA and Taiwan Rescue Team were the first foreign aid groups to arrive in the area," he said, adding that a third team of workers is ready to go to Bantul at a moment's notice. Bantul was one of the hardest-hit areas in the devastating temblor that shook Indonesia's Java Island on Saturday, leaving over 5,000 people dead and 200,000 homeless. In addition to the 2,000 kilograms of food and rescue equipment that has already arrived in Indonesia, Taiwan's government will also be donating another 100 kilograms of medical supplies and equipment, including IV drops, saline solutions, medicines, and bags of artificial blood, Chang said. "With the combined effort of the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China, we are also sending over 200 light blankets and 200 tents," he disclosed. Furthermore, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has pledged to donate US$100,000 to the Indonesian earthquake relief fund. It will be presented to the Indonesia government via Taiwan's representative office in Jakarta. Health Action group convener Richard Fang said despite of lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Indonesian government wholeheartedly welcomed Taiwan's humanitarian aid. "Not only did our donations receive priority attention, our relief workers are granted landing visas upon their arrival," he said, adding that the Taiwanese workers will stay in Indonesia for as long as is necessary. In additional to government efforts, many Taiwanese civic groups and non-governmental organizations are also looking to contribute to the relief process. Tzu Chi Foundation, a Buddhist-based organization, dispatched 51 volunteers, including five doctors, one nurse and one pharmacist, to the disaster area on Sunday. The foundation has also donated over 500 kilograms of goods such as tents, sarons, straw mats, powdered milk, baby food, rice, and clothes. Both World Vision Taiwan and The Red Cross Society of the R.O.C. are both raising funds for those affected by the earthquake. Claire Yang of World Vision Taiwan said it was not suitable so far for people to donate goods since most of the infrastructure in southeastern Java where the temblor hit was flattened, making making it difficult to transport and distribute the items. "What we are trying to do right now is to raise at least US$100,000. We will use the money to buy the supplies locally," she said.
  • 2006/05/30
    The Taiwan International Health Action, TaiwanIHA, and the Special Search and Rescue Squad under the National Fire Agency sent a first-aid team made up of 20 rescuers, 2 nurses, and a rescue dog departed from Taiwan for Indonesia at 1:50 p.m. on May 29, to help victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java the pervious day. Another 3 medical doctors specialized in orthopedic surgery and emergency aid also left to Java in the morning of 30th. These 5 TaiwanIHA members are brining with them 2 metric tons of rescue and medical equipments, supporting materials and medicines, to help the Indonesians set up make-shift clinics over the earth quake regions. More doctors, nurses, and medical supplies are planned to be delivered, if the TaiwanIHA finds it necessary after an assessment of the situation around the quake-stricken area. On the other hand, Taiwan also donates US$100,000 to the Indonesian government via Taiwans representative office in Jakarta timely, in order to provide urgent needs of the city in trouble. Despite Chinas inhumane attempts to pressure Indonesia to decline Taiwans offer to the victims, Indonesian authorities have welcomed and expressed their appreciation of Taiwans humanitarian aid. Disaster relief knows no political boundaries.
  • 2006/05/29
    The Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) and the Special Search and Rescue Squad under the National Fire Agency sent a first-aid team made up of 20 rescuers, six medical professionals and a rescue dog departed from Taiwan for Indonesia at 1:50 p.m. on May 29, to help victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java the pervious day. The TaiwanIHA members are taking with them 2 metric tons of rescue and medical equipment to help the Indonesians set up make-shift clinics. More doctors, nurses, and medical supplies will be sent, if the TaiwanIHA finds it necessary after an assessment of the situation around the quake-stricken area. Taiwan will donate US$100,000 to the Indonesian government via Taiwans representative office in Jakarta. Despite Chinas inhumane attempts to pressure Indonesia to decline Taiwans offer, Indonesian authorities have welcomed and expressed their appreciation of Taiwans humanitarian aid. Disaster relief knows no political boundaries.
  • 2006/05/16
    Taiwan News, Staff Reporter 2006-05-16 Page 3 By Jenny W. Hsu Published: 2006-05-16 08:41:46 The Center for Disease Control yesterday announced that Taiwan is among one of the first countries to adopt the International Health Regulations, even though Taiwan was not one of the signatories to the agreement. CDC Director Steve Kuo noted that Taiwan is not an official member of the World Health Organization, but said that the country will demonstrate its willingness and ability to safeguard the health of the international community by following the new protocols outlined in the updated version of the regulations, passed by the World Health Assembly in 2005. Due to the looming global threat of avian flu, WHO has encouraged all member-states to adopt the policy in a timely manner, said Kuo. He added that many countries such as the United States, Japan, and some European Union nations have also strongly recommended to Taiwan's CDC that it abide by the new policy, despite the country's exlusion from the health body. According to the official WHO Web site, the broadened purpose and scope of the 2005 package of regulations is to "prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade." The regulations have also updated the provisions on routine public health measures at points of entry, including ground crossings. To adhere to the principles laid out by the measures, the Ministry of Health and Welfare has amended the country's existing "Point of Entry Quarantine Regulations," Kuo said. As of yesterday, all outbound flights or ship cargo services must be cleared of a series of communicable diseases, including avian flu and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. "In the past, the regulations only covered yellow fever, cholera, and plague," said Peter Chang (張武修), director-general of the DOH's Bureau of International Cooperation. "However, with so many newly emerging diseases, some which might still be unidentified, it is necessary to expand the coverage of our inspections." Chang was unsure, however, exactly how many communicable diseases would be monitored under the new regulations, saying there might be eight or nine that would draw scrutiny. Chang acknowledged that Taiwan's efforts may not be recognized by the WHO, but said it was a goodwill gesture to let the global community know of Taiwan's readiness to contribute to the well-being of the world. Chang disclosed that since the International Health Regulations do not become mandatory until 2007, Taiwan would still accept flights and cargo services from countries that continued to follow the old protocols. Both Chang and Kuo denied that the adoption of the new regulations is a strategic maneuver to help the country in its 10th attempt in as many years to become part of the WHO at next weeks' WHA meeting held in Geneva. "However, just like we are openly embracing the new health regulations with open arms, we hope WHO would also welcome us with the same courtesy," Kuo said.
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