WMA calls for Taiwan’s participation at World Health Assembly


The World Medical Association has again called for Taiwan to be given observer status at the World Health Assembly in Geneva this month.

In a letter to World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WMA leaders say: ‘We as physicians are very much concerned that all nations, regions and territories should be able to participate in and profit from the work of WHO. We therefore hope that delegates from Taiwan will again be allowed to observe the World Health Assembly and experts from Taiwan will have a real chance to participate in technical meetings’.

For several years, Taiwan was given observer status, but in 2017 and 2018 it was refused. The WMA argues that the inclusion of Taiwan is a health matter and not a political issue.

WMA President Dr. Leonid Eidelman said: ‘Universal health coverage demands that no part of the world should be blocked from participating at the World Health Assembly. The millions of Taiwanese people deserve their health interests to be represented’.

 

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