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March 22, 2021

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Japan's Basic Policy and Initiative on Global Health

Japan’s basic policy on global health: "Basic Design for Peace and Health"

In September 2015, the Headquarters for Health Policy of GoJ adopted the "Basic Design for Peace and Health" as thematic guideline for global health policy under Development Cooperation Charter. This policy sets the human security as a policy guideline and mentioned the following 3 points;

Global Health as a Main Area of Japan’s Development Cooperation (Major Trends)

  1. Japan has attached importance to global health
  2. Role Japan has played in the global health in Summit meetings of G8/G7/G20
  3. Placing priority on global health in TICAD
  4. United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on UHC

Japanese cooperation to “Leave No One’s Health Behind” — towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC)—

(photo1)Delivering equipment (the Global Fund) Delivering equipment (the Global Fund)

1. Basic concept

  • Japan has been successful in keeping the mortality rate from COVID-19 low because of its strong health systems, including its national health insurance scheme.
  • Under the principle of “Leaving no one’s health behind”, Japan will further enhance its cooperation with international partners towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the global fight against COVID-19, which poses severe and multidimensional threats to human security.
  • Japan has contributed over 1.54B USD (170 billion JPY) in the first few months immediately after the outbreak.
  • Japan is committed to : 1) overcoming the current COVID-19 crisis, 2) strengthening health systems against future health crises,and 3) generating an enabling environment for health security across broader sectors.

2. Three pillars of cooperation and cases

  1. Overcoming the current COVID-19 crisis
    • Strengthening the capacity of health services provision, including prevention, diagnosis and treatment.Accelerating R&D and ensuring equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.
  2. Strengthening resilient and comprehensive health systems - preparing for future health crises -
    • Reinforcing core medical facilities and networks. Strengthening regional health systems.Improving disease surveillance and developing human resources and legal frameworks.
  3. Generating an enabling environment for health security across broader sectors
    • Water and sanitation, food and nutrition, education, gender, etc. Emergency humanitarian aid and economic stimulus are utilized.

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