This episode is sponsored by Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders Taiwan Foundation
The article highlights how COVID-19 is impacting the world as we see it as well as the world that we don’t see. People who are excluded from society, like those without identification, without access to water and electricity, without access to healthcare because of geographical location, poverty, not to mention displaced by regional conflict are the worst hit. Those who were struggling before COVID 19, will be the hardest hit in this pandemic. This is why universal healthcare plays such an important role. MSF, aka Doctors without Borders, is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemic, disaster, or exclusion from healthcare. MSF has been providing assistance since 1971 around the world. In 2016, MSF established a branch office in Taiwan, and as of last year (2019) they have formally established themselves as the MSF /Doctors without Borders Taiwan Foundation.
Vocabulary and Sample Sentences:
Vulnerable adj. – susceptible to physical or emotional harm
- People who cannot access healthcare are vulnerable to infectious diseases.
- In response to the pandemic, the MSF is focused on helping the most vulnerable and neglected.
Deploy v. move into position or utilize
- MSF deployed medical teams in Hong Kong earlier this year and later in Italy in response to the pandemic.
Gap n. a break or a hole in an object or and unfilled space.
- Universal healthcare can help bridge the gap of health inequality.