Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 14, 2000
INTRODUCES INITIATIVE TO INCLUDE TAIWAN IN WORLD HEALTH
DC-- U. S. Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced
an initiative requiring the United States advocate Taiwan's
participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) at
the annual summit this May in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Secretary of State would be required to endorse and
obtain "observer" status for Taiwan at the World
bill would allow Taiwan the same status held by the Palestine
Liberation Organization, the Knights of Malta, and the Vatican.
Taiwan's population of 22 million people is larger than
75 percent of the member sates already in the WHO.
It doesn't make sense to continue denying a democratic government
access to health resources for their citizens," Brown
a member of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, and the top
Democrat on the Commerce Health and Environment Subcommittee,
said his bill compels the U. S. to abide by its 1994 Taiwan
Policy Review to more actively support Taiwan's participation
in the WHO and other international organizations.
Last year, Brown sponsored a bill signed by the President
in December requiring the State Department to report to
Congress on activities supporting Taiwan's participation
in the WHO. The report did not express active support
for Taiwan's participation, but gave a passive recital of
the obstacles the People's Republic of China and its allies
should not be a question of international positioning.
It is a question of whether the U. S. supports improving
health care for children, the elderly, and the most vulnerable
in Taiwan. I strongly believe our nation should support
this. For 25 years, Taiwan's 22 million citizens have
been denied access to the WHO and its medical expertise.
The U. S. can and should take the lead to change this, "
1972, Taiwan has not been allowed to participate in the
WHO, an international body whose mission is the "attainment
of all peoples of the highest possible level of health."
Taiwan needs a majority of all members for readmission.
Brown has spearheaded the drive in the House to win official
U. S. support for Taiwan's entry in the WHO and is considered
a leader in Congress on promoting access to quality, affordable