Professor Hsiu-Hung Wang of Kaohsiung Medical University was invited to speak at the International Council of Nurses (ICN)’s first COVID19 webinar to share “Key strategies to combat COVID-19 in Taiwan” on March 27, 2020.
Professor Wang, who is also the President of Taiwan Nurses Association, mentioned that the Taiwan government took proactive preparedness and deployment to provide timely evidence-based judgments and decision making, rapid response, transparent information, and effective measures. She also emphasized the pivotal roles of frontline nurses in combating COVID-19, which was highly appreciated by the international audience. Other global top leaders invited to speak were ICN President Annette Kennedy and three WHO officials including Chief Nursing Officer Elizabeth Iro, Health Workforce team Catherine Kane and Coordinator of Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit Benedetta Allegranzia. This webinar was highly recognized and attended by at least 200 nurse leaders from more than 50 countries.
Strongly recommended by the ICN, Professor Wang was again invited to share Taiwan’s experience at the webinar on April 15, 2020, hosted by Qatar Foundation and World Innovation Summit for Health with the theme of “Flattening the curve: Global responses to COVID-19” attended by more than 2,000 audiences around the world. Professor Wang highlighted the importance of the personal protective equipment, safe staffing, mental support, and appropriate rest for frontline health workers, and a resilient program for them in the long run. Professor Wang was the only nurse to be invited. Other six global leaders include David Nabarro, WHO Special Envoy for COVID-19; Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Regional Director, WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region; Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director, WHO African Region; Jerome Kim, Director General of the International Vaccine Institute; Salih Al Marri, Assistant Minister for Health Affairs at the Ministry of Public Health, Qatar; and Rossella Miccio, President, Emergency NGO.
Professor Wang’s global speeches have successfully enhanced the nursing profile and Taiwan’s visibility.