Taiwan donated around 500 kilograms of medical supplies to Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua Dec. 9 in Taipei City, demonstrating the government’s and people’s heartfelt care and concern for the allies in Central America following Hurricanes Eta and Iota.
Staged by Taiwan International Health Action at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ceremony was hosted by MOFA Secretary General Lily L. W. Hsu and Deputy Health Minister Shih Chung-liang. High-profile attendees included Ambassadors Diane C. Haylock of Belize, Willy Alberto Gomez Tirado of Guatemala, Eny Yamileth Bautista Guevara of Honduras and Mirna Mariela Rivera Andino of Nicaragua.
Hsu said as a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan is willing and able to participate in global disaster relief missions. It is expected the donation will assist in the timely provision of medical care to those in need, she added.
Echoing Hsu’s sentiments, Shih said emerging challenges such as COVID-19 and climate change highlight the importance of global cooperation. TaiwanIHA will continue strengthening its health and medical services partnerships with counterparts worldwide, he added.
In response, the ambassadors described Taiwan as a true friend, praised the Taiwan Can Help ethos and lauded the country’s coronavirus- and climate change-combating credentials.
TaiwanIHA, a task force established by the MOFA and Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2006, cooperates with international organizations in providing humanitarian aid to developing countries while in improving the quality of public health and medical care. (YCH-E)