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Global Health Diet Roundtable: Neglect Tropic Diseases (NTD's) - Japan's Insight Required

Tokyo, Japan, June 11, 2019

JCIE launched the “Global Health Diet Roundtable” series in 2018 as part of its Global Health and Human Security program. The aim of this program is to assist a bipartisan group of young and emerging Diet members in deepening their understanding of global health issues.

The third roundtable was held on June 11, 2019, co-hosted by the Japan Alliance on Global Neglected Tropical Disease (JAGntd) and SDGs Promise Japan (SPJ) with a focus on Japan’s role in tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). NTDs affect more than 1 billion people worldwide, concentrated almost exclusively in impoverished populations in low and middle-income countries, and are a significant barrier to economic growth. However, until recently they have been an underrepresented issue.

At this roundtable, Prof. Kenji Hirayama (Professor, Department of Immunogenetics, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University; Secretary-General, Japan Alliance of Global NTDs) and Dr. Kaseri Catherine Ohura (CEO and Executive Director, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund) met with a number of Japanese legislators to discuss Japan's role in the fight against NTD’s. They pointed out that Japan has already eradicated schistosomiasis domestically thanks to close collaboration between the government and local communities. They went on to add that the lessons learned from this history of tackling NTD’s should be shared globally. There was also a lively discussion amongst participants on the leadership expected from Japan in meeting the goals of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, one of which is the control of schistosomiasis, by 2020.

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