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December 12-14, The “11th International Conference on Maternal and Child Health Handbooks” was held in Bangkok by the International Committee on the MCH Handbook. The event was attended by 447 participants from 10 countries. HPA representatives gave an oral presentation on a paper titled “Taiwan’s Experience in MCH Handbook” and a poster presentation on “The application of digitalized MCH handbook in Taiwan. ” HPA utilized this event to visit MCH institutions and engage in exchanges with participants from different countries.
December 18, HPA and the Ministry of Education jointly organized the “2018 Conference for the Recognition and Presentation of Outstanding Achievements in Tobacco Hazards Prevention at Colleges and Universities–Tobacco-free Youth. ” A total of 20 schools with excellent results in this area were recognized in this conference, which drew a total of 135 participants. Young students make joint efforts to improve the health of college and university students and raise anti-smoking and tobacco-free awareness by relying on creative and dedicated communication campaigns.
December 25, HPA organized an “Active Aging Discussion Forum” on December 25, 2018 to promote the health and well-being of seniors, create an age-friendly environment, and increase social engagement and employment of middle-aged and senior citizens. All circles of society were invited to actively participate in the discussions, which were centered around the three major issues of social engagement, health care, and dementia delay.
December 27, HPA released the 2016 cancer incidence statistics. A total of 105, 832 new cases were reported in 2016. The age-standardized incidence rate reached 296.7 cases per 100,000 population in 2016. From a long-term perspective, the age-standardized incidence rate in Taiwan has exhibited a fluctuating tendency in recent years, while the mortality rate has declined steadily. An analysis of the age-standardized incidence rates of the ten leading cancers reveals that liver, stomach, and skin cancer have exhibited a declining tendency for 7 consecutive years (colorectal cancer has also seen a decrease), while the incidence rates of lung, oral, prostrate, and esophageal cancer have seen ups and downs. The incidence rate of breast cancer has remained constant, while that of thyroid and cervical cancer has increased.
December 5, HPA organized the 2018 Healthy City and Age-friendly City Award Ceremony. Mr. Hsueh Jui-yuan, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health and Welfare was invited to present the awards. Close to 200 guests including Tainan Deputy Mayor Chang Shao-yuan, Mr. Lin Yi-te, Senior Executive Officer of Lienchiang County Government, and heads of award-winning city/county government bureaus and departments and district offices or their representatives attended this ceremony.