Tai­wan plays ma­jor role in global health ef­forts

New Straits Times - - Letters -

OVER the last half cen­tury, mil­lions of pa­tients all over the world have re­ceived med­i­cal as­sis­tance from Tai­wan. Re­gard­less of dis­tance and na­tion­al­ity, Tai­wan has been lead­ing, teach­ing, car­ing and un­ceas­ingly liv­ing by the mantra “Leave No One Be­hind”. They say a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words.

Tai­wan has in­vested more than US$6 bil­lion (RM25.85 bil­lion) since 1996 in med­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid cam­paigns ben­e­fit­ing mil­lions of peo­ple in more than 80 coun­tries.

These in­clude more than 50 pro­grammes aimed at com­bat­ing dis­eases such as Ebola, dengue, malaria and Zika in Africa, Asia, Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, and the South Pa­cific.

The Septem­ber 2015 United Na­tions Sum­mit, in adopt­ing the post-2015 de­vel­op­ment agenda, ad­dressed the need to ex­pand the Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals by de­lin­eat­ing Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) via the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.

In line with the in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to achieve the SDGs and en­sure that peo­ple of all ages, es­pe­cially in­fants and chil­dren,

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