Health and Medical Care

December 11, 2015
 Today the article by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was published on the Lancet. The article features the determination by Japan to work on global health as a G7 host country at G7 Ise-Shima summit in May and G7 Health Ministers’Meeting in September. The Lancet is highly reputable medical journal and Prime Minister Abe has published the article two years ago.

Under the leadership by Prime Minister Abe, Japan will further contribute to global health together with international organizations including WHO, NGO, civil societies and other stake holders.

The main points are as follows.
・Japan has been an advocate of human security, which underlies Japan’s policy of Proactive Contribution to Peace, and has taken action in support of this principle. Japan regards health as an indispensable element of human security.
・The 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly this year, includes universal health coverage, to which Japan attached great importance during the negotiation process.
・Japan’s global health priorities are;
(i) To construct a global health architecture that can respond to public health crises: While the existing global health architecture must be restructured and WHO needs further reform, Japan expects WHO to have the lead role in addressing public health emergencies. Japan supports the launch of the WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies and the efforts of the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Facility, and calls for coordination between them to ensure the two mechanisms have complementary roles.
(ii) To build resilient and sustainable health systems to promote health throughout the life-course: By pursuing resilient and sustainable health systems, the risk of emergencies would be reduced and their potential damage would be minimized. Japan is well aware of the importance of the fight against communicable diseases and addressing the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. Japan, the world’s fastest-ageing society, is pioneering the challenge of ageing by extending healthy life expectancy while maintaining a sustainable health system, on the basis of a life-course approach for all generations.
・With the G7 presidency in 2016, Japan is determined to contribute further to global health.
Universal Health Coverage (UHC): The goal of universal health coverage is to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.

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