Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital launched a medical exchange with the Philippines for over three years, following the Ministry of Health and Welfare's new southbound policy "One Country, One Center" plan. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, doctors from abroad were unable to visit Taiwan.
Therefore, the international medical center arranged an online lecture for 28 consecutive weeks starting from May. The courses are launched twice a week.
Teams from bone marrow transplantation and Chinese medicine departments were invited as a lecturer to share their medical experience.
Many foreign doctors joined the online course. the Philippines. The first course of the two courses attracted nearly 200 foreign doctors, who were from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
- Bone marrow transplantation course
Taiwan has completed more than 8,000 cases of bone marrow stem cell and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation since its first bone marrow stem cell transplantation.
However, the total number of bone marrow transplants and peripheral blood stem cell transplants in the Philippines is less than 500. Indonesia, with a population of 200 million, lacks the technology of bone marrow transplantation. Hence, patients can only go to other countries for treatment. In Vietnam, there are hospitals in preparation for bone marrow transplantation facilities.
Xu Pei-Yong, the ambassador of the representative office in the Philippines, said that the Philippines lacks bone marrow transplantation-related technology and research. Xu looks forward to helping Filipino doctors learn more relevant professional knowledge through the course.
- Chinese Medicine Course
The first Chinese medicine course started in early May. The course aims to help doctors in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam understand that Chinese Medicine is not limited to health preservation. TCM treatment can treat many diseases.