Here, we study global health research for vulnerable populations. In Laos, we performed community health research in poor remote areas where ethnic minorities live. On the basis of malaria control research, we are now working with other community health issues such as maternal and child health as a public health priority. At the same time, the benefit for local residents is considered. Thus, from 2023, the JICA Grassroots Project related to a maternal and child health has been implemented to directly assist the community. This work also addresses the issue of early pregnancy in Okinawa—a common issue in low- and middle-income countries.
School health is another research priority for low- and middle-income countries including of the core institution of JC-GSHR (Japanese Consortium for Global School Health Research), a think tank from Japan and Asia. We already have data showing the promotion of infectious disease control in primary education. We are currently addressing the issues of implementing adolescent health such as mental health and comprehensive sex education, which are now globally focused as priority topics.
In addition, we are actively addressing globally and locally important issues such as island health related to island vulnerabilities. A comprehensive approach is necessary to create a healthy island because the several health topics are challenging: communicable and non-communicable disease related to global warming, aging society, and island vulnerabilities.
A list of the publications is as follows: http://www.okinawaghealth.com/user.php?CMD=115401500000000