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Foundation helps improve allies' child burn treatment

TAIPEI--Taiwan has been helping improve the lives of children suffering from burns in Caribbean and Central American allies by training local tailors to make better pressure garments, the Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation said yesterday.

The foundation launched a training program in Nicaragua a year ago with funds provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help improve pressure garment production techniques in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama, said Tu Yu-hsien, director of the foundation's rehabilitation center.

The foundation organized the program's second workshop Oct. 2-6 in Nicaragua to enhance its training of tailors from the five countries, Tu said.

There are about 6,000 children with burn injuries in the five nations, Tu said, adding that many of them have missed crucial rehabilitation sessions and have ended up with contracture scars, which restrict joint movement.

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