Mapping Taiwan's Response to COVID-19
In reporting on Taiwan’s odds-defying success in preventing community-level outbreak of COVID-19, numerous media outlets have provided the international community with a strong case to study. While interesting, these reports have yet to establish a causal theory that describes why Taiwan has been successful, something that is desperately needed if we are to make meaningful progress ahead of the next global threat.
The success of the policies discussed in this systems map are unique to the enabling conditions formed by Taiwan’s governance, cultural norms, and societal memory. While no two countries sharing an identical strategy should expect similar results, we aim to make Taiwan’s context explicit in order to form some broadly applicable lessons for the international community.
To ensure that our strategy map is useful outside of Taiwan, we have established a common framework leveraging the Stock & Flow Diagram, borrowed from the language of System Dynamics, to track the potential number of people infected by and susceptible to infection with the novel coronavirus. Building on this framework, we have assembled the many components that have made up Taiwan’s context and collective response.
We know that COVID-19 will not be the last shock we face as a global community. By contributing this systems map, we do not pretend to offer a singular answer on what to do next. Instead, we seek to hold space for a robust dialogue that will allow the world to accurately assess the state of our global health systems and establish a collective strategy that will lead to a future free from the threat of pandemic disease.
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