Report – Intercity Meeting at Rotary International District 2770
On January 23rd 2017, Dr. Kenji Shibuya, President of JIGH, gave a speech on ‘Polio Eradication and Rotary’s Contributions’ at the Rotary International District 2770’s Intercity Meeting. Around 150 members from District 2770 attended the meeting, and topics such as the rapid changes in the field of global health and polio, the current status of…
2017 New Year’s Greetings
First and foremost, I wish everyone a Happy New Year. Reflecting back on this past year, I feel that it has been quite a turbulent one. There were many large events that occurred, constantly changing headlines and shaking political, economic, and social environments both within and beyond our borders. Events such as Brexit and the…
JIGH Activity Report 2016
2016 was a year of great change within the field of health care. It was the first year that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 came into effect after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), changing the framework for global health, as seen at events such as the G7 Ise-Shima summit. It was also…
President, Institute of Medicine
Harvey V. Fineberg
Dr. Fineberg served as dean of the faculty of Public Health at Harvard University for 13 years before his appointment to provost of the university from 1997 to 2001. His academic career has been dedicated to public health policy and decision making, and he has conducted research on policy making and implementation, the evaluation of medical technology and vaccines, as well as the spread of medical innovations.
Dean of the Faculty, Graduate School of Public Health, Harvard University
Dr. Frenk served as the founding-director general of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, an eminent health education and research institute for developing countries. In 1998, he was appointed as the executive director of the Evidence and Information for Policy unit at WHO, the first to be committed to establishing a scientific base for the improvement of results in health policy making.
Professor of the Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo
Dr. Shibuya is a professor of Global Health Policy at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine. He obtained his MD at the University of Tokyo in 1991 and started his career at Teikyo University‘s Ichihara Hospital in Chiba, Japan. He served as a research fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and worked in Cambodia and Rwanda. In 1999, Dr. Shibuya earned a doctorate of public health in international health economics at Harvard University.
Fear of Polio in India
India has been off the list of polio endemic countries since 2014. However, it now faces the risk of seeing polio back within their borders, due to the ongoing fight against the infectious disease in their neighbouring country, Pakistan. In order to take preventative measures, the government conducted a mass immunisation campaign on January 29th,…
Japan renews commitment to support polio eradication efforts in Pakistan
On November 29, 2016, the Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed an agreement for the “Project for the Control and Eradication of Poliomyelitis”. The grant amounts to 404 million Japanese Yen (US $4 million), and will support the administration of 3.9 million Inactivated Polio Vaccine…
Trends in Major Diseases – Falling?
The incidences of major diseases, like cancer, dementia, and heart disease, are falling rapidly in developed countries. Though these diseases still bring about a huge disease burden, people are starting to live longer lives in good health. As shown in Figure 1, from 2000 to 2014, the combined incidence rate of heart disease, cancer, and…
Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide 300 million yen grant to Morocco as a part of TICAD VI commitment
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on February 20th, 2017, that it will provide a 300 million yen grant to Morocco as a part of its TICAD VI commitment. Under this grant project, Japan will provide environment friendly cars to the government of Morocco so that the country will be better able to deal…
Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide 190 million yen grant to Comoros as a part of TICAD VI commitment
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on February17th, 2017, that it will provide a 190 million yen grant to Comoros as a part of their TICAD VI commitment. Under this grant project, Japan will provide rice to the government of Comoros, contributing to improve food security in the country, given the fact that Comoros…
Japanese Foreign Minister reaffirmed to participate in High-Level Political Forum on SDGs in July 2017 at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
The Japanese Foreign Minister reaffirmed his intention to participate in the High-Level Political Forum on SDGs in July 2017 in order to follow-up and review Japan’s progress towards SDGs at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. He also suggested to initiate public-private partnerships among G20 countries especially in the area of climate change and global health….