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.



The 32nd Diet Task Force Meeting Dives into the Global Fund’s Role in the ACT-Accelerator

April 30, 2021 | Online

FGFJ’s 32nd Diet Task Force meeting featured Peter Sands, the executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), as a guest speaker. He spoke to more than 30…

The GFF and Prospects for Maternal and Child Health Services in Africa during the COVID-19 Crisis

December 21, 2020 | Online

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) organized a special roundtable in conjunction with International Universal Health Coverage Day (on December 12) to highlight the work of the Global F…

Researchers Meeting | The Impact of COVID-19 on the Cross-Border Movement of the Long-Term Care Workforce

November 24, 2020 | Online

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…

Dr. Osamu Kunii Describes the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response at a Joint FGFJ Diet Task Force and Advisory Board Meeting

November 10, 2020 | Tokyo & Online

On November 10, 2020, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) held a combined session that represented the third meeting this year of FGFJ Diet Task Force and the first of the FGFJ Advisory Board.

GFF Seminar Series | The Global Financing Facility in the COVID-19 Crisis

August 27, 2020 | Online

JCIE launched the GFF Seminar series in 2020 as part of its efforts to deepen understanding of how the Japanese government, NGOs, and others can coordinate more effectively with the GFF in order to st…

JCIE Webinar | Global Health Diplomacy, Seen from the Perspective of Dr. Satoshi Ezoe

July 30, 2020 | Online

JCIE invited Dr. Satoshi Ezoe, the newly appointed Head of the Global Health Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), to an engaging discussion on the landscape of the United Nations…

The Significance of Private Donations in the Global COVID-19 Response

July 15, 2020 | Online

JCIE held a virtual meeting to deepen the understanding of COVID-19’s global impact and the important role the WHO plays in the global response. The discussion featured Naoko Yamamoto, assistant direc…

Global Fund ED Discusses COVID-19's Impact on the Three Major Diseases in 30th FGFJ Diet Task Force Meeting

June 16, 2020 | Online

The FGFJ Diet Task Force held an online roundtable with Peter Sands, who briefed 14 Diet members on the expansion of COVID-19 in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC), the impact that is having on…

Democracy for the Future | Meeting of Civil Society Leaders on COVID-19 and Challenges to Democratic Values

June 11, 2020 | Online

JCIE brought together a group of civil society leaders for an online discussion on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for civil society and the challenges it might pose to democratic values in…

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

May 28, 2020 | Online

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

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…

GFF Seminar Series | Introducing the Global Financing Facility

February 13, 2020 | Tokyo

JCIE launched the GFF Seminar series in 2020 as part of its efforts to deepen understanding of how the Japanese government, NGOs, and others can coordinate more effectively with the GFF in order to st…

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…


FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | 20 Years of HIV Prevention in Shinjuku’s Ni-Chome District—The Power of Community Outreach & Mobilization

June 11, 2021

This interview features Kohta Iwahashi, president of akta, a nonprofit that provides information on HIV prevention for sexual minorities. In it, he dives into akta’s community-based activities and how…

Leveraging Technology for the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing: Experiences of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

May 2021

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT As part of our program on Aging in Asia,  three  JCIE staff members contributed case studies to a report developed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and…

FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | Rising from a Grim HIV Prognosis to Stand Up for Young Women/Girls in Kenya and Join an Olympic Torch Relay Team

May 5, 2021

In this latest issue of the “Infectious Diseases Without Borders: Our Story” series, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) and Asahi GLOBE+ are pleased to feature Maurine Murenga, a woman from Keny…

New Japanese-Language Video by FGFJ Explains the Global Fund’s Lifesaving Work

April 9, 2021

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) have come together to produce an animated video in Japanese introducing the roles…

AHWIN Papers No. 2: The Impact and Future of Japan’s 8020 Campaign

Dr. Midori Tsuneishi and Dr. Tamotsu Sato

April 2021

The second publication in the “AHWIN Papers” series covers Japan’s nationwide campaign to help people retain more teeth into their later years, the success of which offers an important model for promo…

FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | From Hopelessness to Hopefulness—Three Decades of Leading the Fight against HIV/AIDS

March 26, 2021

This installment of the “Infectious Diseases Without Borders: Our Story” features Ambassador Mark Dybul, who decided to pursue a medical career to fight HIV/AIDS and ended up leading the American effo…

Japan’s Global Health Diplomacy in the Post-COVID Era—The Paradigm Shift Needed on ODA and Related Policies

Special Commission on Japan’s Strategy on Development Assistance for Health

2020 & 2021

A report from a high-level commission organized by JCIE calls for the Japanese government to better coordinate and strategize its health ODA by creating a centralized “control tower” and to double fun…

FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | Surviving TB & COVID – What a South African Doctor Has to Tell the World

December 10, 2020

This interview features Zolelwa Sifumba, a young medical doctor from South Africa who has survived MDR-TB and COVID-19. In it, she shares more about her experiences with communicable diseases and her…

FGFJ x GLOBE+ Interview Series | A Transgender Woman and HIV Activist Who Realized Her Dreams

November 10, 2020

This interview tells the story of Erika Castellanos, a transgender woman living with HIV who has struggled for survival and acceptance, and now works as an advocate for trans, gender diverse and inter…

JCIE Publications | Hopes and Challenges for the Global Financing Facility: Toward the Realization of the SDGs

Prepared by Shiori Nagatani, Tomoko Yoshida, Tomoko Suzuki, and James Gannon


With the goal of fostering the understanding of the GFF among people involved in global health and developmental assistance in Japan, JCIE conducted…

AHWIN Papers | Responding to the Needs of Older Persons During a Pandemic

Prepared by Kim Gould Ashizawa and Stephen McHugh

June 2020

The inaugural AHWIN Paper draws on an online panel discussion that explored what policy lessons can be learned from the experiences of the United States, Japan, and Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandem…

We Need to Do Better–Perspectives on the Global Response to COVID-19

An Interview with Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez

June 25, 2020

A noted figure in the global health community, Ariel Pablos-Méndez led USAID’s health programming during the 2014–2016 Ebola crisis as assistant administrator for global health, and he has been on the…

Survey of Japanese Legislators: Attitudes on ODA and Global Health

Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

June 2020

A JCIE survey of Japanese legislators finds that 80 percent of the 92 respondents favor steps to increase Japan’s official development assistance (ODA), with most prioritizing funding for health progr…

A UHC Approach to Harmonizing Asian Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulations

Task Force for Promoting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization in Asia, Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security


The recommendations of JCIE’s Task Force for Promoting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization in Asia examines specific areas Japan should tackle in order to promote regulatory har…

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…