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

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 we can adopt the experiences and lessons learned from the fight against HIV/AIDS to the COVID-19 fight.

The Time Has Come for a COVID-19 Marshall Plan

“In his announcement of COVID-19 vaccine donations, President Biden evoked World War II by vowing that the U.S. will be the world’s “arsenal of vaccines.” It is time to instead harken back to the immediate postwar period, specifically to the Marshall Plan.” In this opinion piece published in The Hill James Gannon, Senior Fellow at […]

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

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 Kenya who is living with HIV and was able to receive life-saving treatment for her and her son, thanks to the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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

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 and impacts of the Global Fund and it’s partnership over the past 20 years in the fight against the three major infectious diseases globally.

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

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 effort —and later the global effort—to battle the disease. This interview series is a collaboration between the Friends of the Global Fund Japan (FGFJ) and Asahi GLOBE+.

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

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 journey from patient to doctor and advocate for healthcare workers.

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

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 intersex people on the international stage. It features her life, learning, and message to all of us in the COVID age.

Japan’s Friendship with the US Remains Unshakable

This opinion piece was written by Ambassador Koji Tomita, who references a 2016 JCIE survey on US givings in the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami disaster response.

US-Japan Cooperation on COVID-19 with James Gannon

Jim Gannon, Executive Director of JCIE/USA, discusses Japan’s COVID-19 response and the expanding potential of the US-Japan cooperation in this episode of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center’s “Asia in Washington” podcast.

Global Health Needs US-Japan Partnership

Jim Gannon, Executive Director of JCIE/USA, calls for greater US-Japan partnership on pandemic response and global health in this piece for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Asia Unbound blog, pointing out key areas where cooperation is needed.