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WHO elections

WHO's newly elected chief reaffirms one-China principle

Tedros Adhanom told Xinhua that he would abide by the One-China Principle as enshrined in the related UN General Assembly resolution and the World Health Assembly resolution when handling issues in the WHO which are related to China’s Taiwan

May 26, 2017

China warns Taiwan of continued lockout from WHO assembly

China’s health minister has all but slammed the door on any more participation for Taiwan at the World Health Organization’s annual assembly until the island accepts the ‘One China’ principle. Health Minister Li Bin blamed the Taiwanese President’s party, saying its refusal to accept the idea of a single China has torpedoed its ambitions to attend, leading to the first lock out of Taiwan as an observer state since 2008

May 21, 2017
San Fransisco Chronicle

Shut out of U.N. forum, Taiwan slams China's 'coercion and threats'

Taiwan hopes its allies will stand up to China’s ‘coercion and threats’ that have shut it out of the UN’s annual World Health Assembly, Taiwanese Health Minister Chen Shih-Chung told Reuters

May 20, 2017

WHO bars Taiwanese media from covering annual meeting

The United Nations’ exclusion of Taiwan moved toward media coverage as members of the Taiwanese press corp were barred from covering this year’s World Health Assembly in Geneva. China Post reports that WHO has refused the Central News Agency from Taiwan any press passes to cover this year’s event. The Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Chih-chung accused the WHO of ‘violating its own charter with the whole world watching’ 

May 15, 2017
China Post

Taiwan wants to join WHA: Foreign Ministry asks friends for help

Taiwan says they have submitted a proposal to its allied to formally ask the WHO to invite Taiwan to the World Health Assembly 

May 15, 2017
China Post

Does Taiwan’s WHA Exclusion Really Matter? An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Biggest Healt...

The News Lens discusses Taiwan’s official exclusion from the World Health Assembly and asks the question as to whether this really matters

May 15, 2017
The News Lens

Promoting health through the life course

Gay rights in China get fillip from Taiwan same-sex marriage ruling

Taiwan’s decision giving same-sex couple the right to marry has proven to be a shot in the arm for the gay rights movement in Asia, but even so, it is still likely to be many years before China approves similar measures, amid deep-rooted opposition in some quarters. Wednesday’s ruling may prompt legal action by activists in places like Thailand, home to Southeast Asia’s most vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities to travel a similar path

May 26, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Pacific News Minute: Dengue Outbreak in Palau; Mumps in the Marshall Islands

At least a thousand mumps cases have been confirmed since an outbreak began in March. The Ministry of Health notes that the number of cases has been dropping in recent weeks, but Radio New Zealand reports concern that the drop could be due to under reporting and that the real number could be as high as three thousand. Three people are reported dead among 200 infected by Dengue fever in Palau. On a visit to Taipei, Health Minister Emais Roberts welcomed the donation of three intravenous infusion pumps and 240 canisters of mosquito repellent to assist in the epidemic

June 21, 2017
Hawai`i Public Radio

Avian flu spreads to more chicken farms in Taiwan

Frozen chickens at three Taiwanese slaughterhouses were found to be infected with H5N2 avian flu virus. As a result, all frozen chickens at three slaughterhouses, two in Kaohsiung and one in New Taipei, have been destroyed for quarantine reasons

April 5, 2017
Focus Taiwan, USAgNet, Ecns

Health systems

Clock is ticking for WHO decision over Taiwan

An editorial in Nature Magazine discusses the history of the World Health Organization and its decision to not invite Taiwanese health authorities to the World Health Assembly. The suggestion is there is a risk that this will allow regional politics to hamper public health as it makes disease outbreak management harder – the magazine points to the 2003 SAR virus outbreak as evidence. Nature cites some health experts as calling for Taiwan not to be excluded but others say it is not a problem as the meeting is largely symbolic

May 19, 2017

Communicable diseases

China says Taiwan health not at risk by absence from U.N. meeting

China says Taiwan health is not at risk by its absence from the World Health Assembly meeting as there is no barrier to technical or medical exchanges. Taiwan accuses China of politicizing health and putting the health of people on the island at risk and says it will send a delegation even if it has no official invitation. Both Japan and the U.S. support Taiwan’s World Health Assembly bid to attend

May 10, 2017
May 9, 2017
Reuters, Reuters
May 10, 2017
May 9, 2017
South China Morning Post, Focus Taiwan, China Post