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TaiwanICDF to launch more public health programs overseas

2015/03/28 12:59:10

Taipei, March 28 (CNA) A Taiwanese government-funded agency is set to launch more aid programs later this year to help improve public health in Central American and African countries that are Taiwan's diplomatic allies.

The Taipei-based International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) said this week that it will kickstart a program in June to help Belize promote public education on the prevention of chronic kidney disease and improve its medical treatment for people who suffer from the disease.

The agency will cooperate with Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in New Taipei City to carry out the program in the Central American country, it added.

Also in June, the agency will launch a program to help the African country of Sao Tome and Principe combat infection caused by intestinal parasites, through measures such as public health campaigns, medical personnel training and a tracking system for intestinal parasite infection cases, the agency said.

Following the two programs, the agency will begin another one in Swaziland in October to help the African ally improve medical services for pregnant women and infants, it said, adding that the program will include training for medical staff.

Meanwhile, TaiwanICDF is planning to launch similar public health programs in Fiji and Paraguay, Taiwan's only South American ally.

In charge of Taiwan's foreign aid programs, TaiwanICDF is dedicated to promoting socio-economic development and economic relations in developing countries. It also offers humanitarian assistance in the event of natural disasters or international refugee crises.

(By Elaine Hou)