Alliance Champion Professor Keizo Takemi
Professor Keizo Takemi is an internationally renowned advocate on global health and development issues, with decades of experience as a powerful member of a leading political party in Japan. Professor Takemi was the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1998-1999 and the Senior Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan in 2006-2007.
Professor Takemi taught at Tokai University since 1995 and has been appointed as the Harvard School of Public Health Research Fellow in November 2007.
In 2008, Professor Takemi led a high-level working group dedicated to advocating for collective action on global health, particularly on health system strengthening, within the G8 Summit, hosted by Japan. Both the pre-summit proposal and the follow-up report succeeded in ensuring strong commitment by the G8 2008 to recognize and address the global health workforce crisis. This commitment played a major role for pushing the agenda forward towards a continued commitment from the G8 Summit 2009 in Italy.
Action on the health workforce
Keizo Takemi: a catalytic charisma
Professor Keizo Takemi: Championing for the workforce for stronger health systems. Alliance interview February 2010
Final report of the "Takemi Working Group" relaeased in January 2009 submitted to the Japanese and Italian governments for consideration for the 2009 G8 Summit agenda
- Professor Takemi's article published in the Lancet in follow-up to the G8 Toyako summit