International Think Tank Conferences

The International Medical Forum on Infectious Disease in Taipei (May 24-25, 2002) was held in memory of Mr. K. T. Li who was responsible for the miraculous technological and economical development and successful public health insurance system in Taiwan. The visiting international experts in the prevention and treatments of hepatitis, tuberculosis and AIDS were very much impressed by the progress made in the control of hepatitis, tuberculosis and AIDS in Taiwan. This very successful Medical Forum was sponsored and organized by the China Foundation, the K. T. Li Foundation and the National Taiwan University Medical School in Taipei.

The International Medical Forum on Infectious Disease in Beijing (May 29-31, 2002) was sponsored and organized by the China Foundation, the Chinese Association of STD/AIDS Control and Prevention and the Eli Llly Company. More than 350 medical professionals and representatives from all provinces of China participated in this highly successful Forum with an objective to stimulate public health education and training of physicians and health care professionals in prevention and treatments of hepatitis, tuberculosis and AIDS in China.

The international panelists are professors and Departmental Chairman from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Australia and other leading medical schools. The Chinese panelists are the best physician/scientists and leaders in the field of infectious disease in China. The Medical Forum in Beijing was most informative and stimulating with a significant impact at the time when AIDS epidemic is threatening and the problems of hepatitis and tuberculosis are aggravated by the spread of HIV/AIDS in rural villages. The vice Ministers of Health and other high ranking health officials attended the Medical Forum with great appreciation.

The officials of Public Health Bureau attended the Forum stated that this highly significant and successful conference provided valuable knowledge and experiences of the international experts to assist the participants, public health officials and medical professionals in Taiwan to improve control and treatments of infectious epidemics in Taiwan such as hepatitis, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Future international exchange and cooperation to strengthen Taiwan's healthcare system are needed and most welcome.

The International Conference on Health Care of Tomorrow's China (November, 1999) This Conference was held in Beijing, China and sponsored by the Atlantic Council of the United States and the China Foundation with the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine and the Chinese Health Economics Association. Deputy Minister Yin Da-quei of China's Ministry of Health and other senior Ministry officials attended the conference. Division Chiefs of the Ministry of Health moderated panel discussions and considered the reports and suggestions presented by international health care experts from the United States, France, and China. The policy suggestions and proposed programs from this Conference will help guide health care reform in China. Dr. Anli Shi, Director of Public Health and Secretary General of the Conference will organize a follow-up conference in the future. Dr. Yunguo Liu, Deputy Director of the Ministry's Foreign Loan Office and Dr. Janet Hohnen, Team Leader of the World Bank's Basic Health Services Project also attended this Conference. The findings and conclusions of the Conference emphasized the urgent needs to improve basic health services and health insurance systems in the poor rural areas of China.
Fig.1. Healthcare for Tomorrow's China
International experts and official participants at the Opening Ceremony of the International Conference on Healthcare for Tomorrow's China (Beijing, China).
Forum on Infectious Disease, Taipei, 2002 Forum on Infectious Disease, Beijing, 2002
The International Medical Forum on Infectious Disease in Taipei
The International Medical Forum on Infectious Disease in Beijing