February 27, 2018
Report on the iGHP Special Seminar
"How Does Politics Influence Global Health Policy?: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Pandemic Influenza"
On February 27, 2018, the Disease Control and Prevention Center (DCC) of NCGM and iGHP had the honor to host a special lecture by Professor Keiji Fukuda, Director and Clinical Professor at the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health. The lecture covered a holistic history of infectious disease control as well as Prof. Fukuda’s own experiences battling various challenging issues at the global policy level. Throughout his lecture, Prof. Fukuda emphasized some essential requirements for working in the field of global health policy: 1) understanding relevant contexts; 2) identifying underlying issues; 3) focusing on mutual interests; 4) the importance of building trust with partners to achieve common goals.
Prof. Fukuda’s comprehensive and informative lecture was followed by an inspiring panel discussion among leading Japanese experts who have extensive knowledge and experiences in clinical practice, research, education, and domestic and international health policy in the fields of infectious diseases and epidemiology. Their intriguing discussion topics included, for example, the needs for field epidemiologists in Japan, the importance of disease surveillance and utilization of quality data, the indispensability of evidence-based and outcome-based policies and AMR management, as well as the role political initiative has played in making vaccine recommendations in Japan.
This event was well-received by approximately eighty participants from various academic and professional backgrounds.
Keiji Fukuda, Director and Clinical Professor, School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong
Kuniaki Miyake, Director, Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases Control Division, Health Service Bureau, MOHLW, Japan
Norio Ohmagari, Director, Disease Control and Prevention Center, NCGM
Eiji Hinoshita, Director-General, Bureau of International Health Cooperation, NCGM
Makoto Aoki, Free-lance infectious disease consultant, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Tokyo Medical University
Kiyosu Taniguchi, Director, Department of Clinical Research, National Mie Hospital, National Hospital Organization, Mie, Japan
Kentaro Iwata, Professor, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Division of International Healthcare, Kobe University Hospital, Hyogo, Japan
Hajime Kamiya, Senior Researcher, Medical Officer, Infectious Disease Surveillance Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan