VITAL:The president said Taiwan’s advanced healthcare capabilities and experience in providing aid make it a critical piece of the global disease control ‘jigsaw puzzle’
Date: Oct 24, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday announced plans to boost the nation’s international profile by
increasing cooperation with the international community in the areas of disease control and medical aid, while encouraging students from Southeast Asian countries to receive medical training in Taiwan.
Tsai made the remarks in her speech at the two-day Global Health Forum in Taiwan, which has been jointly organized annually by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Welfare since 2005 with the stated aim of increasing the nation’s international profile through its advances in medicine and public health.
Referring to the theme of this year’s forum, “Toward 2030,” Tsai laid out several goals for the nation, one of which is to step up its international cooperation.
“One can imagine that, in the world of 2030, there will be a lot more cross-border movement of people and goods. This means that communicable diseases will represent a bigger challenge. Accordingly, all nations bear a joint responsibility to share information and work hand-in-hand to fight against new types of communicable diseases,” she said.
Tsai said that as Taiwan has advanced healthcare capabilities and abundant experience in providing medical aid, the exclusion of the nation from the global health system would cause the “jigsaw puzzle” of worldwide disease control to miss a vital piece. [FULL STORY]