Global Health

JCIE has a long history of working to advance global health and human security, mobilizing world leaders and stakeholders from different sectors of society—government, civil society, medicine, business, and more—to tackle the most pressing challenges of the day. Our activities foster greater understanding of health and human security challenges among key decision makers and promote high-level international dialogue and cooperation on critical issues in the field.



Webinar | Responding to the Needs of Older People During the COVID-19 Pandemic—Sharing Lessons Learned

May 28, 2020 | Online

This webinar will share lessons from the United States on how the epidemic has impacted older persons, particularly those in long-term care facilities and will offer a platform to share observations o…

29th FGFJ Diet Task Force Meeting on Climate Variation’s Impact on Malaria

April 23, 2020 | Virtual

On March 10, the JCIE/FGFJ Diet Task Force met with Dr. Noboru Minakawa and Dr. Shigeyuki Kano to discuss the relationship between climate variation and malaria. The topic generated a high level of in…

Global Health Diet Roundtable | Update on the Regional COVID-19 Situation

April 21, 2020 | Virtual

On April 21, JCIE held its Fifth Global Health Diet Roundtable where more than a dozen Diet members were briefed on the current global COVID-19 situation by World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pac…

TV Celebrity JOY Joins FGFJ for a World Tuberculosis Day Special Interview

March 24, 2020 | Tokyo

For World Tuberculosis Day, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)/Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) released a special interview with TV personality JOY, who contracted tuberculosi…

Reformulating Japan's Global Health ODA to Meet Changing Global Needs

January 30, 2020 | Bangkok, Thailand

More than 30 senior government officials, health experts, and leaders from international organizations gathered to discuss the direction Japan should take to improve its developmental assistance for h…

AHWIN Forum | Achieving Healthy Aging in Asia—Envisioning Better Care for Older Adults

October 17, 2019 | Tokyo

Capitalizing on this year’s gathering in Japan of health ministers and government officials for the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting, JCIE worked with the Government of Japan and ERIA to co-organize the…

Next Steps on UHC—Moving Forward from the G20 and HLM-UHC

September 24, 2019 | New York

JCIE, in cooperation with the UN Foundation, convened a small, high-level roundtable of global health experts and policymakers on the morning after the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC to discuss what the…

FGFJ | SwitchPoint Shibuya, a TICAD7 Partner Program

August 31, 2019 | Tokyo

SwitchPoint Shibuya was a networking event that sought to foster innovative partnerships and approaches to tackling some of the world’s greatest humanitarian issues around health challenges in Africa…

JCIE Organizes Side Meetings to Advance Global Health Dialogue at TICAD7

August 28–31, 2019 | Yokohama, Japan

JCIE co-organized three official side events during TICAD7, building on the momentum of the week to advance policy dialogue around key global health issues such as sustainable financing of universal h…

Achieving Sustainable Financing for Health in Africa

August 29, 2019 | Yokohama, Japan

On August 29, JCIE co-organized an event on Achieving Sustainable Financing for Health in Africa on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7). The eve…

Towards Population Ageing in Africa

August 29, 2019 | Yokohama, Japan

Held on the sidelines of the 7th Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD7), this event brought together influential policymakers, NGO representatives, and academicians for a dialo…

Health Workforce Investment as a Driver of UHC and Economic Development

August 28, 2019 | Yokohama, Japan

On the sidelines of TICAD7, JCIE partnered with IntraHealth International to organize this side event. Over 120 participants took part in a discussion on the wide-ranging benefits of health workforce…

Global Health Diet Roundtable | Achieving the SDGs in Maternal and Child Health—The Global Financing Facility and Japan

August 28, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

JCIE held its 4th Global Health Diet Roundtable on the sidelines of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), convening six up-and-coming leaders of the Japanese Diet for…

FGFJ Diet Task Force and Advisory Board Meeting with Peter Sands and Donald Kaberuka

August 28, 2019 | Tokyo

Global Fund Board Chair Donald Kaberuka and Executive Director Peter Sands met with nine members of the FGFJ Diet Task Force to discuss Japan’s leadership role in the fight against the three diseases.

Global Health Diet Roundtable | Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)―The Japanese Expertise Needed Now

June 11, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

The 3rd Global Health Diet Roundtable was held in cooperation with the Japan Alliance on Global NTDs (JAGntd) and SDGs Promise Japan, and focused on the topic of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).


Takeda Makes First Private Sector Pledge for Global Fund Replenishment

Business Wire

June 2, 2019

An overview of the partnership between Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and The Global Fund; the renewal of this partnership was facilitated by Friends of the Global Fund, Japan, operated by JCIE…

Recommendations on Formulating a Grand Design for Asian Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization

Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security, JCIE


The recommendations of JCIE’s Task Force for Promoting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization in Asia highlight a need for regulatory harmonization and cross-sectoral cooperation.

Advancing a Global Health Agenda in the SDG Era: Enhancing Japan’s Leadership Role in 2019–2020

International Advisory Group on Global Health (IAG)

November 2018

In 2019 and 2020, Japan hosts a range of critical international meetings, from the G20 Summit to the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), and the Nutrition for Growth S…

LBO Focus: Japan’s Aging Population Burnishes Health Deals

Laura Cooper

September 6, 2016

The Japanese government realizes the country lacks a sufficient capacity of nursing homes and senior-care facilities. For the past five years, the government has worked to incentivize the private sect…

Protecting Human Security: Proposals for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan

Global Health Working Group for the 2016 G7 Summit

May 21, 2016

In this article in the prestigious Lancet, the Japan Global Working Group offers comprehensive policy recommendations on three areas for global health action by the G7 countries to enhance human secur…

Health, Resilience, and Human Security: Moving Toward Health for All

Marcelo Korc, Susan Hubbard, Tomoko Suzuki, and Masamine Jimba


This report identifies seven principles of human security and key features of successful human security approaches, in order to explain to health and development field experts what a human security ap…

Lessons from Japan's T-Shaped Approach to TB

Interview with Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors of Japan

December 15, 2015

An interview with JCIE Senior Fellow Keizo Takemi (Member, House of Councillors) investigates the effectiveness of a “T-shaped” approach to global health by examining Japan’s use of this method in dea…

Are Disease-Specific Approaches Compatible with the Goal of Achieving Universal Health Coverage?

Maya Wedemeyer, JCIE/USA

December 14, 2015

In a world with finite resources, it is difficult to prioritize between focused, disease-specific intervention programs and programs to build the systemic foundations for access to a basic package of…

Viewing UHC through a Human Security Lens

Marcelo Korc and Susan Hubbard

December 13, 2015

As the international community enters a new era of development with the official launching of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015’s UHC Day is particularly significant given the emphasis…

Lessons from Japan on Universal Health Coverage

Susan Hubbard, JCIE/USA

December 12, 2015

In this blog article, JCIE’s Susan Hubbard discusses the ways in which Japan rapidly became one of the world’s most advanced nations in the sphere of healthcare and what other countries can take from…

East Asia Regional Cooperation on Global Health

Susan Hubbard

June 30, 2014

By Susan Hubbard East Asia is experiencing an escalation of seemingly intractable conflicts over territory and history that threaten to undo gains that have been made in building regional institutions…

Celebrating Community Health Workers: a Look Back to 2013

Maya Wedemeyer and Sarah Zimmerman

April 12, 2014

By Maya Wedemeyer and Sarah Zimmerman As the second annual World Health Workers Week draws to a close, we wish to look back at the ways in which community health workers have been honored over the pas…

A Growing Force: Civil Society's Role in Asian Regional Security

Rizal Sukma and James Gannon, eds.


The authors explore the role of civil society organizations in responding to security threats in the five areas of piracy, disaster relief, human trafficking, health, and climate change, in order to a…

Health and Human Security

Susan Hubbard and Keiko Watanabe

December 31, 2012

By Susan Hubbard and Keiko Watanabe The 1994 Human Development Report introduced the idea of human security to the world stage. Since then, several countries—most notably Canada and Japan—have made at…

Doing Well by Doing Good: Innovative Corporate Responses to Communicable Diseases

Susan Hubbard and Satoko Itoh, eds.


This book presents case studies of innovative approaches by 12 corporations to deal with the spread of AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis; the authors focus on the motivations behind corporate engagement…