2006 year Press Release
The World Health Assembly’s Resolution on Traditional Medicine (WHA 56.31) calls for countries to respect traditional medicine and implement a strategy to promote it. In recent years, traditional medicine has become a part of Taiwan’s mainstream healthcare. Its achievements and experiences have let Taiwan’s traditional medicine become a vanguard globally, with many professionals coming to Taiwan from abroad to make observations and seek assistance.
The 2006 CAM/TM Professional Training Program by the TaiwanIHA
Taiwan seeks to promote its healthcare assistance and strengthen its international cooperation on traditional medicine. As a result, Taiwan International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) and Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare (DOH) will convene the 2006 CAM/TM Professional Training Program at China Medical University in Taichung City from September 19 to October 2, 2006. Besides sharing Taiwan’s experiences in and model for developing Taiwan’s traditional medicine, the program will further assist other countries pursuing the development of their own traditional medicine to construct a related management system.
This training course will host 28 high-level traditional medicine officials and academics, including 11 PhD holders and 5 doctors, from 22 of Taiwan’s friendly allies. In addition, another 20 representatives of varying levels from Taiwan’s DOH agencies, Chinese medicine healthcare institutes, and Chinese medicine manufacturers will participate to help spur exchanges and cooperation.
The program will start by letting the participants better understand Taiwan by introducing the advancements made in Taiwan’s domestic medical environment. Topics will cover Taiwan’s experiences in administering its medical and pharmaceutical industries, food sanitation, disease prevention and national health insurance. Also to be discussed are Taiwan’s healthcare, government policies, R&D, relevant regulations, and good manufacturing practices (GMP) for Chinese medicines. Participants will also tour the Chinese medicine ward of Chang Kung Memorial Hospital, Pingtung Christian Hospital, Sun Ten Pharmaceutical Co., Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co., and some scenic areas of Taiwan.
At 3:30 PM on September 15, the DOH and TaiwanIHA will hold a press conference at the reception room of the DOH. To wrap up the program, a tea party will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 PM on the fifth floor conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Lin Chao-keng will be invited to deliver the speech Health Cultivation of Chinese Medicine. He not only practices Chinese medicine but also holds a PhD. Also to be invited are diplomatic missions stationed in Taiwan. After the reception, a press conference will be held.
This training camp marks Taiwan’s largest exchange activity in terms of the number of traditional medicine personnel coming to Taiwan from overseas. It will also aid in strengthening medical and health cooperation between Taiwan and its diplomatic allies, while raising the image of Taiwan’s health standards abroad. In the meantime, the program will also help promote traditional medicine internationally and express Taiwan’s willingness and ability to contribute to realizing WHA resolutions.