A multi-party task force of Diet members has been created to examine ways to broaden Japan’s international role in combating the global threats of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other communicable diseases. The FGFJ Diet Task Force convenes several times a year with leaders from around the world. In addition to meeting with representatives of the Global Fund when they are visiting Japan, the Diet Task Force has met with such prominent global health and foreign policy actors as George Soros, founder of the Open Society Institute; Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary-general of ASEAN and former foreign minister of Thailand; Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Richard Feachem, former Global Fund executive director; and Tommy S. Thompson, chair emeritus of the Global Fund and former US secretary of health and human services. The FGFJ Diet Task Force also met in May 2013 with Senegalese Health Minister Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul, and Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Laureate and Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Peter Piot. Most recently, the Diet Task Force took part in a study tour to Myanmar where they witnessed first hand the Global Fund’s role in the fight against infectious diseases.
Task Force Members
As of March 1, 2019
Member, House of Representative (LDP)
Member, House of Representative (Democratic Party for the People)
FGFJ welcomed more than 130 people at its 15th Anniversary Event,” Our Fight, Our Global Fund, Our Replenishment—Japan and the Global Fund,” which offered an opportunity to look back on the course of the fight with those who have been integrally involved, evaluate where we are now, and what steps we should be taking as we look ahead toward the 6th replenishment of the Global Fund this October.
The event convenes leading policymakers and experts—including Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands—along with those on the frontlines of the battle with the three deadly diseases, to reflect on the impact that the Global Fund has had, what is unique about its approach, and what now needs to be done to take the next steps to combat these killer diseases.
Four members of the Friends of the Global Fund Japan (FGFJ) Diet Task Force visited Indonesia and Timor-Leste from September 5–11. The trip provided an opportunity for the participants to see first-hand how Japan’s support for the Global Fund is making an impact in the field and to grasp the challenges that government officials and communities continue to face.
Aida Kurtovic, vice chair of the Global Fund, visited Japan on February 3–6. This was her first visit to Japan since her appointment as vice chair. In addition to paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe along with other global health professionals, she visited State Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara and had discussions with Diet members and senior …