Taiwan makes new donation to support HKI trachoma prevention

New York, May 10 (CNA) Taiwan delivered US$170,679 on Wednesday to Helen Keller International (HKI) in an annual donation in support of a trachoma-prevention program promoted by the non-profit organization in the African country of Burkina Faso.

The donation was presented by Hsu Li-wen (???), director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, on behalf of the government to HKI President Kathy Spahn, during an annual HKI gala in New York.

Taiwan has been working with HKI, one of the oldest international nonprofit organizations working to prevent blindness and fight malnutrition, to promote trachoma prevention in Burkina Faso since 2004, and has donated more than US$1.8 million to the cause over the years.

Burkina Faso is one of Taiwan's 21 diplomatic allies in the world.

Taiwan has also donated another US$870,000 to sponsor HKI's efforts to supply vitamin A-fortified cooking oil in the West African country.

Hsu said that Taiwan, which was formerly a beneficiary of HKI's trachoma-prevention program, has been giving back to the international community to demonstrate its role in international humanitarian efforts.

It is regrettable that Taiwan is not able to attend the World Health Assembly this year due to political suppression from China, she said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel