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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.