To do so, FGFJ provides information and updates on the Global Fund’s activities to political and governmental leaders, organizes high-level policy events on global health, and conducts policy-related research on Japan’s commitments to communicable diseases and on the Global Fund’s contributions in the areas of global health that are of particular interest to the Japanese government.
In June 2013, the FGFJ co-organized a high-level panel on “From Okinawa to Tomorrow: Accelerating the Fight against Communicable Diseases” as a side event of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V). The panel featured addresses from Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, a leader in the fight against communicable diseases; former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who chaired the Okinawa G8 Summit in 2000 that led to the birth of the Global Fund; and a panel of leading global health experts. The panelists and audience engaged in an active discussion of the need for continued vigilance in the fight against communicable diseases in the face of limited financial resources and evolving global health priorities.
FGFJ and JCIE worked closely with the Global Fund and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) to organize a reception and private dinner on malaria during TICAD V. Remarks were made by such luminaries as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Liberian President and Nobel Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Special Advisor to the UNSG on the Millennium Development Goals Jeffrey Sachs, and FGFJ co-director Ichiro Aisawa. South African singer and activist Yvonne Chaka Chaka spoke to the participants and performed some of her malaria-themed music, and the heads of the Global Fund and RBM spoke about the need for continued global partnership to reduce the devastation caused by malaria, particularly among young children in Sub-Saharan Africa. During a more intimate dinner that followed the reception, World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus praised the Global Fund and RBM for their dedication to reducing suffering caused by malaria. The dinner offered an informal setting for Japanese Diet members and representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, and Health, Labour and Welfare to learn more about the needs and opportunities in the malaria field.
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