A comparative study of Taiwan's short-term medical missions to the South Pacific and Central America

Ya Wen Chiu, Yi Hao Weng, Chih Fu Chen, Chun Yuh Yang, Hung Yi Chiou, Ming Liang Lee

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Abstract

Background: Taiwan has been dispatching an increasing number of short-term medical missions (STMMs) to its allied nations to provide humanitarian health care; however, overall evaluations to help policy makers strengthen the impact of such missions are lacking. Our primary objective is to identify useful strategies by comparing STMMs to the South Pacific and Central America. Methods. The data for the evaluation come from two main sources: the official reports of 46 missions to 11 countries in Central America and 25 missions to 8 countries in the South Pacific, and questionnaires completed by health professionals who had participated in the above missions. In Central America, STMMs were staffed by volunteer health professionals from multiple institutions. In the South Pacific, STMMs were staffed by volunteer health professionals from single institutions. Results: In comparison to STMMs to Central America, STMMs to the South Pacific accomplished more educational training for local health providers, including providing heath-care knowledge and skills (p

Original languageEnglish
Article number37
JournalBMC International Health and Human Rights
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Education
  • Efficiency
  • Health professional
  • Language
  • Medical missions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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