UHC Forum side event

UHC Forum - NTDs: Driving progress towards UHC

Please join us at our official side event of the UHC Forum where we will showcase how neglected tropical disease programmes can be a gateway for UHC as we launch the report of the 5th anniversary and move towards the launch of the Japanese Network on NTDs.


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Where and when

  • 9.30am to 12pm on Friday, 15 December 2017
  • Peony room, Tokyo Prince Hotel (11th floor)


Master of ceremonies: Mr. Daisuke Imoto, Head, DNDi Japan

Welcome and opening remarks

09:30 to 09:35Introduction by the master of ceremonies
09:35 to 09:45Welcoming remarks
Prof. Shigeru Kohno, President, Nagasaki University
09:45 to 09:55Official opening of the meeting
Prof. Keizo Takemi, Member of the House of Councillors, Japan. Chairman, Special Mission Committee on Global Health Strategy, Liberal Democratic Party
09:55 to 10:00MC introduces the second part of the meeting and hands over to the moderator


Launch of the 5th report of the London Declaration on NTDs
Reaching a Billion - Ending NTDs: A gateway to UHC

Moderator: Dr. Julie Jacobson, Chair of the Stakeholders’ Working Group, Uniting to Combat NTDs

10:00 to 11:05Keynote speech
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

In conversation - Ending NTDs: A gateway to UHC
Dr. Tim Evans, Senior Director, World Bank Group
Ms. Kelly Saldana, Director, Office of Health Systems, USAID 
His Excellency Bahar Idriss Abu Garda, Federal Minister of Health, Republic of Sudan
Mr. Haruo Naito, Representative Corporate Officer and CEO, Eisai Co., Ltd.

Mr.  Mark Suzman, Chief Strategy Officer and President, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Japanese contribution to NTDs and UHC
Towards launching a Japanese NTD Network

Moderator: Prof. Hiroyoshi Endo, Professor, St. Luke’s International University

11:05 to 11:55Congratulatory remarks
Dr. Yasuhiro Suzuki, Chief Medical & Global Health Officer, Vice-Minister for Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

Panel discussion
Prof. David Molyneux. Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Dr. BT Slingsby, CEO, Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund
Mr. Hisakazu Hiraoka, Advisor Human Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Prof. Kenji Hirayama, Dean, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University


Closing remarks

11:55 to 12:00Closing remarks
Prof. Kazuyo Ichimori, Professor, Nagasaki University



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This side event is endorsed by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Uniting to Combat NTDs, Nagasaki University, St Luke's International University, DNDi Japan

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Friday, December 15, 2017 - 17:30 to 20:00 JST

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