Taiwan, Turkey, Columbia University develop app to help refugees

  • 25 June, 2020
  • Paula Chao
International Cooperation Development Fund Secretary General Timothy Hsiang (RTI file photo)

Taiwan’s International Cooperation Development Fund has teamed up with Turkey and Columbia University in the US to develop an app that helps Syrian refugees in Turkey gather medical information.

The project began last August and aims to use technology to increase health literacy and health care access for refugees in Turkey. This is the first time that the fund has implemented a humanitarian assistance program in Turkey.

Speaking at an online symposium on Thursday, fund Secretary General Timothy Hsiang introduced Taiwan’s efforts to help Syrian refugees over the past five years. Hsiang said that as the world focuses on the “Black Lives Matter” movement, the plight of refugees shouldn’t be ignored.

A prototype of the app will be ready by the end of next month.

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