April 2, 2003
CONGRESSMAN BROWN LINKS SARS OUTBREAK AND
FOR TAIWAN” CAMPAIGN ON FLOOR OF HOUSE
March 26, Representative Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called on the
floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for inclusion of
Taiwan in the WHO in light of the current outbreak of severe
acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
stated: “As members of the WHO, most of these countries
have received assistance in confronting this pandemic, but
Taiwan , not a member, has not received any assistance from
WHO. .... The denial of WHO membership to Taiwan is an
unjustifiable violation of its people's basic right to good
President Ming-chi Wu states: “Instead of focusing on the
health needs of Taiwan's people, the WHO bases its decisions
on China's rejection of Taiwan's membership. It is ironic that
the WHO itself now places the health of an entire nation in
continues: “Taiwan must be granted observer status at the
annual WHO summit in Geneva this May, starting a progressive
resolution of Taiwan's membership into the WHO and all other
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OF WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP TO TAIWAN IS
UNJUSTIFIED -- (House of Representatives - March 26, 2003)
BROWN of Ohio asked and was given permission to address the
House for 1 minute.)
BROWN of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, in mid-February the World Health
Organization began reporting cases of an atypical pneumonia
throughout Asia identified as Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome. Since then, more than 450 cases, with 17 deaths,
have been reported in 13 countries.
members of the World Health Organization, most of these
countries have received assistance in confronting this
pandemic, but Taiwan , not a member, has not received any
assistance from WHO.
WHO's refusal to assist Taiwan is unfair not only for the
people of Taiwan but for the world at large, given the
transnational nature of this outbreak. With a population of 23
million people, Taiwan is larger than 75 percent of the
countries that belong to WHO and is prepared to contribute
meaningfully to the global health efforts discussed at the
World Health Assembly, but without membership or observer
status, its delegates cannot even enter the room.
has eradicated smallpox and cholera and polio and has achieved
infant mortality rates on par with western countries.
this year, this House passed a bill ordering the State
Department to endorse observer status for Taiwan at the World
Health Assembly, yet the Bush administration continues to say
no. The denial of WHO membership to Taiwan is an unjustifiable
violation of its people's basic right to good health.