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PRESS RELEASE – The 2017 World Health Assembly (WHA) will convene in Geneva from May 22 to 31.
Taiwan urges the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite it to attend this assembly and calls on the international community to support its participation that seeks to benefit all humankind.
Nine years ago, having garnered tremendous international support, Taiwan was invited by WHO to attend the 62nd WHA as an observer. Since then, Taiwan’s active participation in WHA and WHO technical meetings has improved disease control around the world, as Taiwan is committed to assisting other countries that face health challenges.
This year, Taiwan seeks to continue its professional and pragmatic participation in WHO, including the Health Emergencies Programme, so as to contribute to global efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3) by 2030. Needless to say, as the 22nd largest economy of the world and an important air-transit hub in East Asia, Taiwan’s absence from WHO would open a serious fissure in the global effort to contain the spread of epidemics and to safeguard food safety.
Health and medical cooperation has always been an important aspect of the bilateral relationship between Taiwan and Saint Lucia. Since 2009, a total of 116 volunteering doctors and nurses from Taiwan’s Changhua Christian Hospital have offered their service to over 5,000 patients at St. Jude Hospital.
Saint Lucian nurses and public health officers are regularly invited to Taiwan to attend workshop and training sessions. Taiwan also contributed significantly to the completion of National Wellness Center and the re-construction works at St. Jude Hospital.
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) would like to seek support from the government and people of Saint Lucia to support Taiwan’s bid to participate in 2017 WHA. WHO needs Taiwan to build a robust global health system, and Taiwan needs WHO as well. Taiwan’s participation in WHO will enable it to share experiences with friendly countries, including Saint Lucia, and to better contribute to health worldwide.
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