台美合作開發APP 助土耳其境內難民 | Taiwan ICDF, U.S. university to develop joint app for Syrian refugees

As warm welcome chills, Turkey clamps down on Syrians
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, a man walks near Fatih mosque in Istanbul. Syrians say Turkey has been detaining and forcing some Syrian refugees to return back to their country the past month. The expulsions reflect increasing anti-refugee sentiment in Turkey, which opened its doors to millions of Syrians fleeing their country's civil war. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

【看英文中國郵報學英文】台灣國家發展協會(國合會)週二表示正在與美國哥倫比亞大學合作,攜手開發手機醫療APP,協助土耳其境內的敘利亞難民取得相關醫療資訊。 

Taiwan’s International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) said Tuesday that it is collaborating with Columbia University to design and develop a mobile app that would help provide health information to Syrian refugees in Turkey. 

國合會秘書長項恬毅說道,國合會與哥大的永續發展中心合作研發mHealth,一款協助土耳其境內的敘利亞難民更方便取得相關醫療資訊的手機軟體。 

ICDF Secretary General Timothy Hsiang (項恬毅) said his agency is currently working with the university’s Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) to develop “mHealth,” a software application that could make it easier for Syrians in Turkey to gain access to all kinds of health-related information. 

項恬毅指出,雖然土耳其政府有提供免費醫療服務給難民,但是因為敘利亞難民分散在土國各處,獲得的醫藥或健康資訊非常有限。 

Although the Turkish government provides free medical care for refugees there, Syrians scattered throughout the country have limited access to medical and healthcare information, he said. 

項恬毅並未說明細節,但他表示國合會將指派官員與哥倫比亞大學人員一起前往土耳其蒐集研發APP所需的資料。 

Hsiang did not give any further details about the app but said the ICDF will assign staff to work with Columbia University personnel on the ground in Turkey to collect all the necessary data for the development of the app. 

項恬毅說道,從2011年敘利亞內戰爆發開始,估計有560萬敘利亞難民逃往鄰近國家,其中土耳其是接收最多難民的國家,至少360萬。

Since the start the Syrian conflict in 2011, an estimated 5.6 million people have fled to neighboring countries, Hsiang said, noting that Turkey has been the largest host country with over 3.6 million registered Syrian refugees.

國合會是政府機構,其業務包含國外農業協助等技術合作計劃以及人道救援計畫,包括發生天災或國際難民危機等情況下給予協助。

The ICDF is a government-funded agency involved in foreign agricultural aid programs, but it also offers humanitarian assistance and provides aid in the event of natural disasters or international refugee crises.