2018 Program Book
Dr. Chien-Jen Chen
Vice President of Taiwan
Dr. Shih-Chung Chen,
Minister of Health and Welfare
The opening remarks of the forum was given by the Minister of Health and Welfare, Dr. Shih-Chung Chen, followed by an opening address given by the Vice President of Taiwan, Prof. Chien-Jen Chen.
Taiwan has a strong foundation in medical and public health, and will not hesitate to use them to link with other Asian Pacific countries, by sharing expertise and create win-win for Asians. Taiwan is eager to serve as part of the Asian Pacific community. Vice President Chen concluded by wishing all guests and participants a pleasant stay in Taiwan.
H. E. Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi
postolic Nuncio and Member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi shares with audience the fundamental concepts of resilience and the Catholic Church’s experiences in building resilient systems after crises across the globe. The International Catholic Child Bureau (ICCB) in Geneva has been promoting research and work all over the world on resilience, such as supporting vulnerable children, training and recruits refugees.
In recognition of the severity of global crisis, it was noted that governments carry primary responsibility. Another aspect is the need for person-centered approach and governments should dedicate to overcoming disparities. Archbishop Tomasi states that people need to know that future event is not dependent on crisis and disaster, but on engagement to follow the commitments already made.
Prof. Martin McKee
President, European Public Health Association, United Kingdom
Building Resilience Health Systems: Preparing for The Unknown
Professor McKee introduces the concepts of resilience and its usage in the health system, using the Ebola as an example. In addition to earthquakes and volcanos, there are new threats like cyberwarfare, and some insidious ones like health worker migration and health facility deterioration. The WHO has definitions for: the stages for disaster response, include disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response, and post-disaster recovery, etc. Prof. McKee argued that we should be operating on a “no regrets” approach, which is an insurance-like policy. It means to invest in resources in anticipation possibility of crisis happening. The Ebola crisis and others, for example have taught us lessons that can be used to build more resilient health systems. With these, we can move on and build stronger systems to respond to future disasters and crises.
Dr. Ying-Wei Wang
M.D., Dr. P.H., Director-General, Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, R.O.C. (Taiwan)
Health System Resilience Over the Course of Life
Dr. Ying-Wei Wang points out that the theme of this year's forum is resilience, which focuses on the vulnerable and has a close relationship with SDGS, citing on the WHO's essential considerations on resilience. Dr. Wang shared that the Taiwan government tackles inequalities by establishing capacity in the early childhood to lead to better resilience in the life. There are special plans for prevention and care or rare diseases, capitation payment pilot program in the indigenous townships, community projects to establish healthy families and chronic care along with capacity building for indigenous health personnel. Dr. Wang went on to give examples on how to address an aging society, and stressed that it is not just about equality or equity; removing the barrier so that everyone can access resources equally.
Prof. Koichi Tanigawa
Vice President, Fukushima Medical University, Japan
Seven Years after The Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Accident: Moving Forward toward the Recovery of Fukushima
Ms. Marine Buissonniere
Non-profit Consultant & Researcher of Global Health and Humanitarian Action, the United States
Health Systems Resilience & Disasters: Failing to Prepare, Preparing to Fail?
Ministerial Round Table
Ministerial Round Table
“Resilience: New Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health”