Objectives: Taiwan was invited to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) for the first time as an observer in 2009. It is expected that the acquisition of observer status will pave the way for the country's further participation in World Health Organization (WHO) activities; however, whether we can participate in activities such as networks, meetings or projects, remains to be seen. The aim of this study was to analyze the past experiences of other WHA observers, and to learn how they interacted with the WHO. Methods: From the WHO website and other available information sources, we reviewed the official records of 5 other WHA observers. Content analysis was applied to summarize the interaction patterns among observers and WHO. Results: There were no significant regulations for observers' participation. Each observer developed a distinctive interaction model according to its nature, demands and ability. We determined 5 categories of major activities among them: participating in WHA, attending or hosting WHO meetings, joining WHO-related networks, gaining health assistance from WHO, and making contributions to the global public health field. Conclusions: Observer status did not limit cooperation with WHO, and, except for attending the WHA, their interactions varied. No regulation defines the scope of participation, so Taiwan can be more flexible. We can create a unique interactive model according to our own country's specialties, capabilities and needs, and thus contribute to international society through the WHO.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Taiwan Journal of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2010|
- International health cooperation
- Participation strategy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health