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TaiwanICDF, charity help typhoon-struck Philippines

TAIPEI -- A government-funded agency said Tuesday that it is working with a Taiwanese charity group to help improve health care in the central Philippines after the region was battered by Super Typhoon Haiyan last November.

The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and the charity group World Vision Taiwan will soon launch a program in the central Philippine province of Leyte, said Lee Pai-po, deputy secretary-general of TaiwanICDF, at a regular news briefing.

The program will help improve medical services in eight villages in the province, which was among the hardest-hit by the storm that swept through the Philippines Nov. 8, he said.

In the wake of Haiyan, many health centers in the province have been destroyed, making it difficult for them to offer proper medical services to those affected, he said.

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