"Collaboration with countries in the field of medicine and healthcare could serve as a platform for the Republic of China to strengthen industrial collaboration with partners and have a leading role in promoting public health in the region," said Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen at the opening of the Global Health Forum in Taipei.
The increasing burden of population aging and the increase in chronic illness requires all countries, including Taiwan, to prioritize improving the quality of healthcare and welfare, as well as their health systems.
Since June 2016, Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare has introduced a series of measures to improve access to health care for disadvantaged people and residents of remote areas as part of efforts to increase the sustainability of society.
"The ten-year long-term program 2.0, started in 2007, seeks to provide quality care through public-private partnerships and cooperation between central and local authorities, while improving the quality of life for citizens," Chen said.
With the New Southbound Policy, which aims to connect Taiwan with countries from the Southeast Asian Nations, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Taiwan wishes to share its expertise in the field of medicine and health care way will strengthen its role in the region.
The two-day forum titled "Sustainability: New Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health" attracted 68 speakers, including government officials and experts representing 34 countries in the region, as well as 1200 participants.
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