Global action for health system strengthening: Policy recommendations to the G8
Author(s)/Editor(s): Working Group on Challenges in Global Health
Publisher/Organizer: Japan Center for International Exchange
Publication date: January 2009
Number of pages: 131
In the year leading up to the July 2008 Toyako G8 Summit, JCIE organized a high-level working group comprised of scholars, government officials, and practitioners from diverse sectors in Japan to explore new international approaches to global health challenges and the contributions that Japan can make in this area. This group has come to be called the “Takemi Working Group” due to the leadership of Keizo Takemi, a prominent Japanese politician and former senior vice minister of health, labor, and welfare, who joined JCIE as a senior fellow in September 2007.
A major international conference and a series of workshops and meetings were convened in Tokyo and elsewhere around the world, and the resulting discussions formed the basis for a final report was submitted in January 2009 to the Japanese government, which will hand the report to the government of Italy, as the latter prepares to chair the 2009 G8 Summit. Excerpts from the project research were also featured in a special section in The Lancet. This initiative has been organized with generous support from the government of Japan, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other stakeholders, although the views laid out in the report do not necessarily represent those of these supporters.