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update: April 1, 2009

(formerly Internatinoal Health Policy and Planning)

ADDITONAL INFORMATION (as of May 30, 2008, Microsoft Word file)

General Description

In the past 20 years, globalization together with marked-oriented economy established by the Neoliberalism has been continuously gaining huge power and the poor appear to be pushed farther away from reaping its benefits. Besides, our planet has faced enormous challenges such as global warming, famine, scarcity of clean water, growing number of population and environment degradation, which pose worrying health risks.
Industrialized countries have developed sophisticated health policies for developing countries, yet many issues remain when considering the sustainability. Our mission is to educate students from Asian countries to become leaders in the field of international health and to carry out researches to address challenges and hidden realities in health for vulnerable people.
By pursuing alternative richness or happiness instead of economic growth, we would like to achieve real health through respecting existing health systems, indigenous cultures, and nature.

Previous major research activities
- EPI and measles control at post-polio eradication period (International Cooperation Research Grant)
- Monitoring & evaluation of multi-bi cooperation (Grant from Ministry of Health)
- Problems of EPI in developing countries in Laos and Mongolia (Grant from Ministry of Education, Science)
- Monitoring & evaluation on IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness) in Laos/Mongolia (Grant from international medical center of Japan, Ministry of Health)
- Health Policy and Health-Care Waste Management in Asia (ongoing) (Grant from Ministry of Environment)

Major research activities

- International health policy and system analysis: MDGs, IMCI, ODAs/NGOs, Health damages and real poverty caused by globalization
- Child Health: EPI, IMCI, Nutrition by Brest Feeding
- Environment Health (Medical waste management and international health policy, safety injection, aid and environmental damage)
- Reproductive Health. Gender (violence)
- Infectious Diseases: Malaria prevention; HIV/AIDS; Tuberculosis.
- Allergic Diseases and Asthma Epidemiology
- Emergency Medicine

Integrated activities
Health Policy Discussion with International Medical Center of Japan, University of Nagoya
Health projects in IMCJ and researches.
Managing editor for BioScience Trend (International Academic journal)
Visiting professor at Public Health in Shandong University in China.
ASNET (Asian Studies Network in University of Tokyo) lecture for master students on Asian crisis and infectious diseases.
Board member of the NPO: International Emerging Medicine and Health Support, Japan (IEMS Japan).
Communication with NGOs preserving environment such as Mekong Watch, Namakemono club.
Universities and research institutions in Laos, Mongolia, Shandong and Dairen in China, Thailand, Pakistan, etc

- From Japan, Laos, Mongolia, China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Taiwan, Iran

Course Description
Health Policy and Planning I and II (2 credits each)
The followings are the main topics covered in the academic year 2007;
1. Introduction: Child survival in the world such as IMR150 and Japan’s Health System
2. ODA in the world, Japanese aid and trend
3. World aid trend: GO, PPP, NGOs, etc
4. Policy Advocacy and Roles of Civil Society Actors – Applicability of Lessons Learnt from ODA Reform for Health Policies
5. Infectious diseases eradication (smallpox, polio, measles, etc) and EPI, expanded programme on immunization
6. PKO and SDF, disaster medicine
7. Risk in Asia: Infection (global warming, emerging diseases, bio-weapon), and medical waste
8. Risk in Asia: Health System of UN in the globalization or neoliberalism
9. Health Policy, an introduction to process and power
10. Health sector reform, SWAP
11. Innovative Health Policy by students
12. Green revolution (game for experiencing the reality of aid world)
13. Poverty reduction, Global Fund
14. HIV, Malaria, TB control and health policy
15. Infectious disease surveillance in Japan
16. Nutrition programme and health policy

Department meeting
Department meeting is held every Monday (1-3pm): 1) Journal reading; 2) Presentation of research plan and results; 3) reading and discussion on Bulletin of WHO.

Open seminar on Health Policy discussion based on field experience by guest speakers: every 3rd Monday of each month (6-7:40pm)

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