Seiji Kato, Professor
Center for International Collaborative Research
The Center for International Collaborative Research, under contract with JICA, implemented the “Countermeasure for Communicable Diseases” training for administrative officials in charge of infectious disease control in Asia, Africa, and Central America.
In addition to the so-called “three major infectious diseases:” HIV/AIDS, T.B., and Malaria, other tropical diseases are a threat to the health of the people of developing countries. Also, diseases like pandemic influenza are becoming issues on a global scale, and are important issues that Japan and other international societies are working together on.
This year, from February 24 to March 3, a training was conducted in Nagasaki and a total of 14 people from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tajikistan, China, Pakistan, Panama, and Mali participated.
After meeting with MHLW and JICA, we designed a training program based on past programs and added measures against infectious diseases in local governments as well as knowledge of the Institute of Tropical Medicine.
The following agencies that cooperated with us during this time are as follows; the Office for International Cooperation, Minister’s Secretariat – MHLW, the Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases Control Division – MHLW, Department of Food Safety – MHLW, the Health Science Division – MHLW, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Public Health, the UNICEF Tokyo Office, the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association, Nagasaki Prefecture, the Isahaya Health Care Center, the Nagasaki Prefectural Institute of Environment and Public Health, the Nagasaki University Hospital Infection Control and Education Center, the Institute of Tropical Medicine, and the SABIN Vaccine Institute (Washington).