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Hon. Pablo Marin returns from working trip in Taiwan Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, was invited by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for a working visit to Taiwan. The visit lasted from April 2 to 6, 2018. While in Taiwan, Minister Marin engaged in meetings and discussions with the Minister of Health and Welfare, Hon. Shih-chung Chen, and other key personnel in the ministry.

The Ministers discussed ways in which Taiwan and Belize can continue to collaborate to foster the health and wellness of the peoples of both countries. Among the topics discussed were Belize’s model Health Information System (BHIS), which other countries, including Taiwan, can learn from. The Ministers also conversed about Belize’s continued and unwavering support for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly. During the discussions, Minister Marin also made a request for scholarships for medical specialists.

Hon. Marin visited Taiwan’s International Cooperation Development Fund (ICDF) and the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital (FEMH), which has partnered with Belize in implementing a “Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure in Belize”. The FEMH team provided an update on the status of the project and very preliminary results of a major survey being conducted to determine critical factors contributing to the prevalence of kidney diseases in Belize. The final report on the survey is expected in February 2019.

Minister Marin also met with a few of the Belize scholarship students studying in Taiwan.