2018 Program Book

Forum information


Day 1 October 28, 2018 8:00 - 17:00

Day 2 October 29, 2018 8:00 - 17:00

Physical Venue

2F, Convention Hall, Howard Civil Serice International House


Ministry of Health and Welfare, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

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Opening Plenary

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.

Dr. Shih-Chung Chen welcomes distinguished guests from afar and all, and expresses his gratitude for their continued support to this forum. It is the 14th year of this forum with over 300 foreign participants from 35 countries. The topic of this year is “Resilience: New Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health”.

Vice President Chien-Jen Chen mentioned that aging population and emerging diseases are posing threats to health systems, and all countries see providing universal health coverage and social welfare as urging priorities. Taiwan National Health Insurance is well reputed not only for its high coverage but also for its good performances of finance, administrative efficiency and satisfaction. In the scenario of ageing society, Taiwan promoted Long-Term Care 2.0 by facilitating cooperation between the private and public, the central and local, and developing more comprehensive and resilient health care systems. Furthermore, Taiwan also operate a firm communicable disease network with strong pharmaceutical medical equipment industry aided, and recently won an important International recognition from the International Council for Harmonization.

In the age of global village, public health has always transcended borders. Taiwan is at heart of Asia, an ideal central for regional cooperation and leading. In the way forward, Taiwan expects to upgrade disease monitoring, actively expanding care, while focusing on healthcare needs.

Taiwan is also involved in disaster management internationally, including responding to the crises in Haiti and the Tsunami in Indonesia.

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.

Opening Speech

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.

Plenary 1

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

Professor Tanigawa introduces the nuclear crisis in Fukushima happened in 7 years ago and the lessons learned. Radiation exposure of the residents and the emergency workers were well controlled and no increased risk of cancer which was less than public perceived.

There was also increased psychological stress in adults, children and pregnant mothers. The suicidal risks remained high after the crisis which contrary to

theories and past experiences.

Other health problems such as high BMI, blood pressure and diabetes also ensued. The Fukushima prefectural government have provided social supports and medical care in response to the disaster-related problems stated above, focusing on mental health; Additional medical facilities were added in the region to provide service and expertise to local residents. Prof. Tanigawa concluded that Fukushima is now recovering, and Invites people to visit the still beautiful land.

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?

Ms. Marine Buissonniere highlights the importance of health system resilience, which includes the three core stages. In the prepare and respond stage, predicting disasters and believing in managing them is essential. Furthermore, new tools for management should be effectively used, like using the social media, crowd-source information integration, and enhancing predictability with artificial intelligence. The second core stage is to maintain core functions when a crisis hits. The final phase is of learning and reorganizing. With political leadership, the determination to build a resilient health system came in place. While disasters are hard to prevent, their impact can be mitigated or exacerbated, depending on what we decide to do.

Ministerial Round Table

Ministerial Round Table


  1. Hon. Tauanei Marea, Minister, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Kiribati

  2. Hon. Charmaine Scotty, Minister, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Nauru

  3. Hon. Emais Roberts, Minister, Ministry of Health, Republic of Palau

  4. Hon. Eugene Hamilton, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Heath, National Health Insurance, Human Settlement, Community Development, Gender Affairs, Social Services, Cooperatives and Lands, St. Kitts and Nevis

  5. Hon. Mary Isaac, Minister, Ministry of Health and Wellness, Saint Lucia

  6. Hon. Luke Browne, Minister, Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  7. Hon. Tautai Kaitu'u, Minister, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Solomon Islands

  8. Hon. Satini Mauella, Minister, Ministry of Health, Tuvalu

  9. Hon. Laure’ Adrien, Director General, Ministry of Health and Population, Haiti

  10. Hon. Simon Zwane, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Eswatini

“Resilience: New Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health”

The Ministerial Round Table is hosted by Prof. Martin McKee, attended by 10 ministers from small countries across the globe with abundant experience in natural disasters. They started the dialogue by stating that resilience can be a political issue; how governments work across departments, countries and organization can be a great challenge. Strengthening infrastructure may be a solution to building resilience, but it issues like climate change are not addressed, they may leave an entire nation behind.

The territories of some nations are groups of islands that also suffer the inherent difficulty in transportation. However, this resulted in an interconnectedness unmatched by other international societies. Island nations help out each other in recovering from calamities. All countries agreed that being small means easier communication between ministers, and that cooperation with the opposition to address common problem is also not a far-fetched notion.

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