Date: May 01, 2017
By: Lu Yi-hsuan and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The nation should garner the support of the international community and the next WHO director-general ahead of the World Health Assembly (WHA), former WHO representative Peter Chang (張武修) said.
The WHO’s decisionmaking body is to meet later this month in Geneva, Switzerland, but Taiwan has yet to receive an invitation.
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) last week said that he will lead a delegation to the WHA even if it does not send Taiwan an invitation, adding that contingency plans have been prepared to explain Taiwan’s position and its contributions to medicine.
Chang, a physician and retired official with nearly two decades of experience in WHO affairs, on Saturday said that the government’s pledge to send a delegation to Geneva with or without an invitation is a “good move” that allows Taiwan to take the initiative. [FULL STORY]