Hospital, NGO awarded for support of allies
A Taiwanese hospital and a U.S.-based non-government organization (NGO) yesterday were both awarded the Friend of Foreign Service Medal by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( MOFA) to honor their contributions in offering medical and humanitarian assistance to R.O.C. diplomatic allies to promote closer ties. Cathay General Hospital (
), represented by its superintendent Lee Fa-kung ( ) and Tina Bow ( ), president of the SimplyHelp Foundation (
) based in Los Angeles, were awarded the medal by Foreign Minister David Lin (
) during a ceremony at MOFA’s headquarters in Taipei.
During his address, Lin thanked the hospital and the NGO for their “important contributions to providing medical and humanitarian assistance to Taiwan’s allies and friendly nations.”
Since 2007, Lin said Cathay General Hospital has dispatched medical missions to Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, namely, Paraguay and Fiji as well as to India and Mongolia.
“In Paraguay, these missions performed 37 cataract operations and 30 knee replacement operations,” Lin noted.
This May, the hospital sent another delegation to Paraguay to perform 20 free knee replacement operations.
“I wish to convey my deep appreciation for Cathay General Hospital’s invaluable contributions,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, the minister also praised the humanitarian assistance efforts made by the SimplyHelp Foundation during the ceremony.
Over the past 17 years, the foundation has donated over 200 containers of basic necessities to more than 25 countries and established various centers and vocational training programs in countries allied with the R.O.C., according to Lin.
This year, the ministry and the foundation worked together on a special New Year’s campaign, sending 11 containers of basic necessities to R.O.C. diplomatic allies, he added.
In recognition of their contributions, the minister said he had conferred the medals to the two private units.