Date: April 11, 2016
Growing public and private sector efforts have seen Taiwan emerge as a
significant provider of international humanitarian assistance and medical aid around the world.
Medical diplomacy plays an important role in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ efforts to strengthen relations with partner nations. In recent years, the ministry has diversified cooperation with local health care institutions so as to further enhance the quality of its international projects.
A standout achievement in this regard is the post-baccalaureate medical school program offered by southern Taiwan’s I-Shou University to international students. By the end of 2015, a total of 108 students from 17 of the nation’s diplomatic allies had benefitted from this program. To date, 283 foreign students have come to Taiwan to pursue advanced studies in public health and medical care.
Furthermore, the nation has dispatched mobile medical missions, donated equipment and established a referral system for diplomatic allies to enhance the effectiveness of its health care assistance. [FULL STORY]