13, 1999, Mr. BROWN of Ohio and Mr. Chabot introduced the
following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International
the participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization
enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
1. CONCERNING THE PARTICIPATION OF TAIWAN IN THE WORLD HEALTH
FINDINGS. - The Congress makes the following findings:
health is a basic right for every citizen of the world
and access to the highest standards of health information
and services is necessary to help guarantee this right.
and unobstructed participation in international health
cooperation forums and programs is therefore crucial,
especially with today's greater potential for the cross-border
spread of various infectious diseases such as AIDS.
World Health Organization (WHO) set forth in the first
chapter of its charter the objective of attaining the
highest possible level of health for all people.
1977, the World Health Organization established `Health
For All By The Year 2000' as its overriding priority and
reaffirmed that central vision with the initiation of
its `Health For All' renewal process in 1995.
population of 21,000,000 people is larger than that of
3/4 of the member states already in the World Health Organization.
achievements in the field of health are substantial, including
one of the highest life expectancy levels in Asia, maternal
and infant mortality rates comparable to those of western
countries, the eradication of such infectious diseases
as cholera, smallpox, and the plague, and the first to
be rid of polio and provide children with free hepatitis
World Health Organization was unable to assist Taiwan
with an outbreak of enterovirus 71 which killed 70 Taiwanese
children and infected more than 1,100 Taiwanese children
recent years Taiwan has expressed a willingness to assist
financially or technically in WHO-supported international
aid and health activities, but has ultimately been unable
to render such assistance.
World Health Organization allows observers to participate
in the activities of the organization.
United States, in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review, declared
its intention to support Taiwan's participation in appropriate
light of all of the benefits that Taiwan's participation
in the World Health Organization could bring to the state
of health not only in Taiwan, but also regionally and
globally, Taiwan and its 21,000,000 people should have
appropriate and meaningful participation in the World
- Not later than September 21, 1999, the Secretary of
State shall submit a report to the Congress on the efforts
of the Secretary to fulfill the commitment made in the
1994 Taiwan Policy Review to more actively support Taiwan's
participation in international organizations, in particular
the World Health Organization (WHO).