New research projects on (1) nutrition and lifestyle-related disease outcome among Japanese population and (2) health system performance assessment across Japan, have started. Details can be found from the following links, respectively.
Our second year PhD student, Rei Haruyama, recently attended The 70th Annual Congress of JSOG (Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology) in Sendai, Japan. She presented the findings of her Masters thesis on risk factors for stillbirth in Japan and won the JSOG Encouragement Award.
Our new paper entitled “The G7 presidency and universal health coverage, Japan’s contribution” is now open! In this paper, we summarize how the Japanese government, as the G7 summit president in 2016, obtained consensus among the diverse stakeholders involved in the summit and determine which people and which other factors appeared most important in the global promotion of UHC.
The article can be found here.
Our PhD student Md. Shafiur Rahman and other GHP members published a paper on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the Lancet Global Health in December 12. The study used the most up-to-date data to a range of available indicators in Bangladesh to evaluate the country’s progress towards the WHO-defined targets of at least 80% essential health service coverage for the whole population and 100% protection from catastrophic and impoverishing payment by 2030. They found that under current trends, only [...]
Professor Kenji Shibuya contributed to five articles on the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2016 published in the Lancet. GBD is the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date. It describes mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors to health at global, national and regional levels. Examining trends from 1990 to the present and making comparisons across populations enables understanding of the changing health challenges facing people across the world in the [...]
Assistant Professor Shuhei Nomura, Professor Kenji Shibuya and other GHP faculty members, in collaboration with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), published first paper on Japan Subnational Global Burden of Disease (GBD) in the Lancet in July, 2017. The study used GBD 2015 data to measure the burden of diseases and injuries in both at national and subnational level in Japan from 1990 to 2015.
The article can be found here, and Assistant Professor Shuhei Nomura’s GHP [...]
The Inaugural Conference of the Institute for Global Health Policy Research (iGHP)
“Global Health at A Crossroads: How Can Research Shape the Future Policies?” will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, 14:00-17:30 (open at 13:30) at the Bureau of International Health Cooperation, National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM), Tokyo, Japan. Speakers include: Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister, Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare; Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Vice Chair, IHPF, Thailand; Kamran Abbasi, Executive Editor, The BMJ, UK. For more information and registration please visit the following [...]
Various members of the Department of Global Health Policy attended the 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japan Epidemiological Association in Kofu, Yamanashi January 25th-27th, 2017 with three poster and two oral presentations. For more information please visit the following link.
A new global R&D organization for pandemic vaccines CEPI—the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations was officially launched today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Japan will play a leading role as a founding member of CEPI, Professor Shibuya currently serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information please visit the following link.
The Department of Global Health Policy’s Global Health Entrepreneurship Program is pleased to partner with the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) to offer the “Global Health Education Program (G-HEP) 2017” (March 6-13, 2017), deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Every year HGPI hosts a one week program to nurture the next generation of leaders and human resources in the global health field. This year, the program is taking participants to Beijing, China. The 8-day program consists of 2 days of intensive workshops in [...]
The Department of Global Health Policy recently launched a massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera. The modules provide an introduction to global health controversies and relevant practical applications. Course topics include health governance, disease surveillance, NCDs, UHC, health financing and ageing. For more information and enrollment please visit the following link.
Professor Kenji Shibuya chaired the first technical advisory group on universal health coverage (UHC) on UHC Day, December 12th 2016 in Manila. Technical advisory groups have for a long time been a well-functioning mechanism to improve health programs in particular disease-control. This meeting is historically important, as it is the first to focus on health systems. UHC involves much more than just the health sector. There are lots of challenges ahead but this meeting could provide a strong push to move the [...]
Professor Kenji Shibuya presented on “Universal Health Coverage: Opportunities and Challenges in the Era of SDGs” at the 2016 IAEA Scientific Forum on Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Shibuya concluded with three policy levers: 1) putting NCDs on the health agenda 2) better evidence about risk control and 3) the need for health systems change. The forum program can be found at the following link.
Two GHP students reported on their work over the summer. Haruka Toda supported the Kumamoto earthquake relief efforts where she helped local public health nurses and assessed medical needs of the people. She also joined the annual Pacific Partnership, a multilateral disaster relief mission in Palau. The ship had three medical missions medical civic action, dentistry and ophthalmology. Haruka Sakamoto contributed to the preparation of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 6) in Kenya August 27th [...]