Training program for medical personnel in Africa

Hisakazu Hiraoka, Associate Professor
Center for International Collaborative Research

  1. JICA Training
    From nine French-speaking African countries, Nagasaki University accepted 10 trainees, who were administrative officials working in public health, for one month. The trainees learned the entire picture of health service in Tokyo. In Nagasaki, they learned a pragmatic approach to public health and medical facilities on remote islands, and also about building networks for cooperation between the mainland and remote islands.

    After finishing the training, trainees introduced their action plans such as “Establishment of information system between public administration and medical institution,” and “Strengthen collaboration with medical institutions for safe delivery.”

  2. JICA Training: Countermeasure for Communicable Disease
    From six African countries and four Asian and Oceanic countries, 12 trainees, who were administrative officials working on infectious diseases such as malaria and T.B., took the training for three weeks. In Tokyo, they visited MHLW and other related institutions and learned about Japan’s national system and structure. In Nagasaki, they learned what people usually do when an infectious disease develops in the community and how to find and treat T.B. patients.

  3. JICA Project for Mozambique: Mozambique Health Education Course
    From Mozambique, situated in the southwestern part of Africa, 10 medical educators came to Nagasaki and took part in a training-course for two weeks in January 2017.

    The JICA project, “The Project for Strengthening Pedagogical and Technical Skills of Health Personnel in Mozambique (ProFORSA2)” began in May 2016 with the purpose of improving technical skills of medical personnel in Mozambique. During this project, the trainees learned about the medical service worker system and education system in the hospital.

    During this training, participants also considered what could be done after returning home to provide high-quality medical service, and how to educate medical professionals working in their local hospitals.

Many African people came to Nagasaki and learned a great deal. In 2016, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, and Nagasaki University participated. This year also marked the 50th anniversary of Nagasaki University starting its endeavors in Africa. Nagasaki University will continue its efforts toward the development of Africa and to improve the quality of life there. We also plan on expanding our activities to other countries outside of Africa.

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