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People walk past the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei

Folks stroll previous the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei

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Some 4 years for the reason that begin of the Covid pandemic, the state of affairs is clearly improving. Most border restrictions have been lifted and world well being governance has shifted from pandemic response to post-pandemic restoration. Nations worldwide have stepped up efforts to attain well being and well-being for all and additional the realisation of United Nations Sustainable Growth Targets (SDGs) whose progress was impacted by the pandemic.

Taiwan totally helps health-related SDGs and the World Well being Organisation’s triple billion targets. Certainly, Taiwan is dedicated to constructing a extra resilient and equitable well being service provide chain, sustaining an inclusive and equitable common well being protection system, and offering illness prevention and administration by a sturdy main healthcare system. Taiwan is keen and in a position to share its expertise in making a cross-sectoral, progressive, and people-centered well being method to assist the worldwide neighborhood work towards the realisation of the SDGs associated to well being and well-being.

In the course of the Covid pandemic, Taiwan effectively mitigated the unfold of the illness, leveraging its complete public healthcare system, well-trained anti-pandemic personnel, and epidemiological surveillance, investigation and evaluation techniques. Taiwan’s anti-pandemic response mannequin included advance deployment and fast response mechanisms. Different measures included border management insurance policies, coordinated distribution of medical sources, and a affected person switch system to forestall and include the pandemic at a time when vaccines and antiviral medication have been unavailable.

Selling well being for all

Final yr, the WHO’s Director-Basic outlined 5 priorities for the next 5 years, that are: selling well being, offering well being providers, defending well being, powering progress, and performing.

Taiwan established a common healthcare insurance coverage system in 1995. Since that point, the federal government has continued to offer illness prevention and healthcare providers so that individuals of all ages can get pleasure from the precise to well being. Taiwan gives prenatal check-ups, gestational diabetes screening, anaemia testing, and three ultrasound examinations to cut back being pregnant dangers and promote maternal and toddler well being. To help infertile {couples} and scale back the monetary burdens of in-vitro fertilisation, the federal government has continued to broaden subsidised infertility remedy applications. Taiwan additionally goals to create a breastfeeding-friendly atmosphere and supply preventive pediatric healthcare and well being schooling.

What’s extra, Taiwan has established various prevention and administration applications for noncommunicable ailments. As an illustration, applications concentrating on continual metabolic ailments help at-risk teams, offering providers equivalent to eating regimen and train steering in addition to smoking and betel nut cessation data to empower individuals to take management of their very own well being. Such initiatives enhance lives and scale back the prevalence of hypertension, excessive ldl cholesterol, and excessive blood sugar, which regularly result in continual illness. Taiwan additionally helps the worldwide combat towards most cancers and WHO’s purpose of decreasing most cancers mortality. In step with WHO’s Cervical Most cancers Elimination Initiative, Taiwan subsidises cervical screenings and human papillomavirus vaccinations. HPV vaccines have been administered to feminine college students aged 12 to fifteen since 2018.

Progressive expertise and common well being protection

Taiwan’s Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage (NHI) is a primary instance of common well being protection, providing monetary safety and entry to a variety of important providers. The Covid pandemic helped the worldwide neighborhood recognise the significance of regional cooperation and digitisation in healthcare. Taiwan is dedicated to selling digital well being and innovation to reinforce the accessibility and high quality of healthcare providers, together with plans for a next-generation NHI program. Taiwan has launched progressive healthcare providers, utilising real-time telehealth consultations for sufferers residing in distant areas and outlying islands, and is exploring purposes for synthetic intelligence and different rising applied sciences. In the course of the pandemic, Taiwan issued 13 export licenses for its natural components NRICM101 (Taiwan Chingguan Yihau) to assist international locations within the area fight the pandemic. Taiwan is at present implementing preventive measures for the post-pandemic period, equivalent to strengthening the home manufacturing of crucial medication and energetic pharmaceutical substances to avert future drug shortages. Understanding how essential it’s to work with the worldwide neighborhood, Taiwan will additional share progressive applied sciences and finest practices with companions all over the world to advance common well being protection.

Taiwan may help, and Taiwan helps

Taiwan has not been invited to the World Well being Meeting since 2017. Now that the pandemic is abating and dialogue on strengthening well being techniques worldwide is accelerating, Taiwan shouldn’t be neglected. Taiwan may help, and Taiwan’s inclusion would make the world more healthy, extra sustainable, and extra equitable.

Taiwan urges the WHO and all related stakeholders to assist our inclusion within the World Well being Meeting as an observer, in addition to Taiwan’s full participation in WHO conferences, mechanisms, and actions. Taiwan will proceed to work with the world to assist guarantee the basic proper to well being enshrined within the WHO structure. Within the spirit of the SDGs, no nation ought to be left behind – particularly not Taiwan, which has already made vital contributions to world public well being.

Dr. Hsueh Jui-yuan is Minister of Well being and Welfare within the Republic of China (Taiwan)

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