Consultation with Taiwan on approach corona outbreak

  • June 22, 2020

On 22 June, the Secretary General of the Department of Welfare, Public Health and Family, Karine Moykens and the Administrator General of the Agency for Care and Health, Dr. Dirk Dewolf and their experts had a technical consultation with the Taiwanese Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW).

The Deputy Minister of MOHW, Dr. Chi Kung Ho and his experts, including those from the Centre for Disease Control, explained the successful Taiwanese approach to the Corona outbreak. Although Taiwan has a population of almost 24 million, they only have 446 confirmed cases and 7 deaths. Following the SARS epidemic that struck Taiwan in 2003, they invested heavily in preparedness, response and infection control through a national communicable disease control framework. In addition to rapid response, efficient government communication and a high dose of expertise, Taiwan may have made the difference with the digital tools it uses for prevention, control and contact tracing, including the Digital Fence System.

This conference call is part of the implementation of the technical-administrative Memorandum of Understanding concluded on 29th January 2019 between the Welfare, Public Health and Family Policy Area and the MOHW.

Photo: the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on 29 January 2019