Radio Taiwan International
A group of 22 Taiwanese social welfare organizations on Wednesday condemned the
decision by the World Health Organization to exclude Taiwan from this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA). In a joint statement, the group called on the WHO to give equal treatment to Taiwan.
The statement pointed out that Taiwan was the first country in Asia to introduce a universal health insurance system and has valuable experience to share with WHO member countries. It also said Taiwanese civic groups are carrying out over 300 projects related to public health in over 73 countries.
Chen Chieh-ju of the Taiwan Social Welfare League said the WHO has excluded Taiwan due to political pressure from China. In doing so, the global health network loses a valuable partner, she said. [FULL STORY]