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 a year of new movements such as the Japan Vision: Health Care 2035, a visionary statement aimed to create a sustainable and equitable health care system in Japan throughout the next 20 years.

2016 has been a year of progress for JIGH, and we look forward to contributing to more innovative changes in 2017.

JIGH Activity Report 2016


Highlights for 2016

● Social projects

▶︎Activities to eradicate Polio
• Hosted the Diet Task Force on Global Polio Eradication 16th General Meeting, as well as the 10th~12th Polio Advocacy Meeting
• Hosted a polio advocacy booth at Global Festa JAPAN 2017
• Exhibited advocacy posters at Ikebukuro station to commemorate World Polio Day
• Hosted the World Polio Day Art Forum 2016

▶︎Global Health projects
• Hosted the Global Polio Round Table 2016 and the International Roundtable “GGG+ Forum 2016: G7 Ise-Shima Summit and Challenges for Global Health”
• Submitted policy recommendations and requests for the G7 Ise-Shima summit
• Published an article, “Protecting human security: proposals for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan”, in the Lancet

● Health care projects

▶︎Medical interpreting services for hospitals
• Started a medical interpreting project with the Hokkaido District Transport Bureau and the city of Kushiro
• Expanded our medical interpreting service, mediPhone, to 10 languages by adding Thai and French

▶︎Medical interpreting services for companies
• Began a medical support service for internationals in Japan with travel startup Voyagin
• Started a video-phone medical interpretation service with a cloud-based interpretation service, V-CUBE Translator
• Launched a remote medical support service with Leopalace 21
• Began providing medical interpreting through Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.’s new insurance for foreigners

● Organization

▶︎Appointed Mr. Shintaro Isono as director and Dr. Hiroshi Kamura as auditor