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The ambassador of Belize, Ambassador Diane Haylock said 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Belize adding that the relations are strong and solid as a rock. The two sides have had many cooperative projects and today we start with health project. Faced with the pandemic and to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Belize, Ambassador Diane Haylock said Taiwan has donated masks during times of need and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), medical equipment, testing kits, thermal imaging cameras and laboratory supplies for frontline medical service providers. For years, Taiwan through Taiwan ICDF (International Cooperation and Development Fund) has helped train hundreds of health personnel from Belize and one signature program is geared towards the prevention and control of renal failure in Belize.
The Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital (CCH) was set up in 2008 to provide medical assistance to those in need outside Taiwan. The Center has conducted more than 150 projects in 14 countries in the world. They provided medical service and capacity building in Nepal, India, Mongolia and Thailand, health promotion and safe water project in Myanmar, children malnutrition improvement project in Vietnam. Before the implementation of a project, it comes with careful planning, assessment, budget evaluation and interdepartmental cooperation, for example, Dr. Nina, Kao Hsiao Ling, CEO of Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital said water sanitation requires health professionals to work with water experts in order to carry out the project.
The Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital (CCH) was set up as an NGO in 2008 to help those in need of medical assistance overseas. For more than a decade, the Center has provided assistance to more than 14 countries in the world by sending doctors, nurses and medical professionals to the local country. In mid-October this year, the Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award for Medicine and Public Health by Taiwan’s foreign ministry. The award was presented during the ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Department of NGO International Affairs of MOFA. Dr. Nina, Kao Hsiao Ling,CEO of Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital said this shows the recognition, on the part of the government, of the hard work of all the health personnel who have been involved during more than 10 years of their voluntary service and dedication.
Beijing has long tried to limit Taiwan’s international activities and on October 8, two Chinese officials from the PRC embassy in Fiji, went to Taiwan’s National Day reception uninvited and harassed the guests by taking pictures. Violence ensued after they were asked to leave by Taiwanese officials and a Taiwanese diplomat was sent to hospital with a head injury. Has similar situations happened in ROC Taiwan embassies in other countries? Today we speak with a seasoned diplomat, Amb.Michel Ching-long Lu. Amb.Lu started his career in diplomacy in 1976 and had previously been posted in the Netherlands, Haiti, Geneva, Switzerland, and France and had held different posts at the foreign ministry and retired from the post as the ambassador to France. His professional career spanned 42 years and he had served in France for three terms for a period of 16 years.
Ambassador Andrea Bowman, the Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines said Taiwan has done a remarkable job on containing the COVID-19 and the way she sees it, on the part of the public, the experience of SARS seems to have taught a valuable lesson to the Taiwanese as Taiwanese seem to have adapted to the requisite protocol and elsewhere in the world, indiscipline and ignorance have made the situation worse. On the part of the government, she says Taiwan government led with knowledge, decisiveness, consistency, transparency and effective use of technology and communication. In terms of supporting Taiwan’s bid to join the international organizations such as the WHO, she said Taiwan should not be left out and the exclusion of Taiwan from the WHO is inhumane stressing that responsibility for world health means responsibility for all the people in the world. Asked what the Ambassador hopes to achieve this year, Ambassador Andrea Bowman said Taiwan and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are working on MOU on disaster preparedness, management and mitigation.