Private groups prepare to represent Taiwan in Geneva during WHA

Several private groups are preparing to send delegations to Geneva in May as this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) gets underway. These groups include a number of doctors' organizations.

The groups plan to participate in events held on the sidelines of the WHA. They will also stage a protest in front of the United Nations' European headquarters and hold a press conference alongside officials.

Taiwan is awaiting an invitation to attend the WHA as an observer. But Beijing's boycott of the Tsai Ing-wen administration has left Taiwan's chances of receiving an invitation in question.

The groups have been lobbying several representative offices in Taiwan to gain support for Taiwan's participation in the WHA. These include the American Institute in Taiwan, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, and the offices of several European countries.

Lin Shih-chia, director of the Foundation of Medical Professionals Alliance in Taiwan, said Wednesday that Taiwan has a long path to getting a place at the WHA.

Lin said that during a recent meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen, members of her organization suggested that private efforts be coupled with those of government ministries. She said that only private and public cooperation can win Taiwan more support and more rights.

Lin said that government agencies including the health ministry and the foreign ministry have been meeting with private groups to discuss strategies for getting a place at the WHA.

Source: Radio Taiwan International