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Facing a demographic time bomb, the Taiwanese government has in recent years embarked on major policy initiatives to correct the ailing birth rate. The strategy is two-pronged: to provide financial assistance such as baby bonuses to relieve the cost of child rearing, and to provide robust childcare infrastructure aimed at helping overburdened parents care for their children up to the age of two.
Taiwan is facing an ever-increasing population of elderly in its population. The ageing population coupled with declining birth rates means that Taiwan’s population will soon face negative growth and will suffer under the stresses of a large dependent population. An aging population and low fertility are the issues that will cause this burden, meaning that we must solve the problem of a rapidly aging population, increase the birth rate, and increase the quality of care for our elderly. The project emphasizes the promotion of Municipal Infant and Toddler Care Center and community parenting centers; of community senior mutual support centers; of elderly care “savings“ plan; and of community concern for hospice care. Until now, the initiatives appear to have worked. There are 26 centers providing affordable childcare and 1.930 children are offered daycare services outside the home. In addition, there are 53 senior activity centers and 684 senior Congregate Meal Centers, which is 27% and 85% of our goals, respectively. For the elderly care savings plan, there were already 1.200 volunteers to visit senior homes and 639 volunteers to help at senior centers, reaching 61% of our goal. There are already 98 healthcare clinics in participation, which is 81.7% of our goal. New Taipei recorded the highest number of babies born last year and Taiwan's fertility rate has rebounded to 1,26 the same year.