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Welcome to Department of
Community and Global Health


In the midst of growing interest in global health, we wonder who actually benefits from
the research, education, and activities we carry out?

In this department this is a question we continually ask and reflect upon, in order to seek the action that should be most appropriately undertaken.

What's New

Our Ph.D. student from April 2019, Mr. Mohammed BA Sarhan, was awarded top prize for best poster atLancet Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA) 10th Annual Conference.

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Department of Community and Global Health held a research exchange workshop with Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, Seoul National University.

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Professor Masamine Jimba was elected as President of Japan Association for International Health.

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Professor Masamine Jimba chaired an oral presentation session on Universal Health Coverage during 33rd Annual Meeting ofJapan Association for International Health. Dr. Sumiyo Okawa, former project researcher at the department receivedthe young researcher's award of Japan Association for International Health.

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Professor Andre Renzaho, Western Sydney University, hold a seminar on migrants and health.

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Professor Masamine Jimba, Mr. Rogie Royce Carandang, Ms. Maya Fujimura, and Mr. Ryunosuke Goto made oral presentations at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 2018.

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Professor Masamine Jimba made a presentation at the 2018 Global Health Forum in Taiwan.

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Professor Masamine Jimba made a presentation at the 6th Asian Health Literacy International Conference in Taichung City in Taiwan.

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Assistant Professor Ken Ing Cherng Ong made an oral presentation during12th National Health Research Forum in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

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Assistant Professor Akira Shibanuma made a poster presentation during the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.

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Professor Masamine Jimba made a keynote presentation at 18th International Conference of Public Health Sciences organized by the Chulalongkorn University.

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Professor Masamine Jimba made an invited speaker presentation at Forum "Mother and Child - 2018" organized by the National Medical Research Center for Obs., Gyn. & Perinatology.

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Professor Masamine Jimba, Assistant Professor Akira Shibanuma, Ms. Moe Moe Thandar, and Ms. Kyoko Koto attended the 50th Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference.

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Professor Masamine Jimba made a guest speaker presentation at 131st Anniversary International Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association.

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Professor Masamine Jimba made a guest speaker presentation at the 59th Annual General Meeting of the Japanese Society for Social Medicine.

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New papers published.


Advice on healthy pregnancy, delivery, motherhood and information on non-communicable diseases in the maternal care programme in Myanmar: a cross-sectional study.

Okawa S, Win HH, Nanishi K, Shibanuma A, Aye PP, Saw TN, Jimba M.
BMJ Open. 2019 Mar 30;9(3):e025186.

Perceptions of adolescent health literacy in the Palestinian social context: a qualitative study.

Sarhan BAM, Kitamura A, Fujiya R, Jimba M, Giacaman R.
Japanese Journal of Health Education and Promotion. 2019;27(1):29-42.


Prevalence of G6PD Viangchan variant in malaria endemic areas in Lao PDR: an implication for malaria elimination by 2030.

Ong KIC, Iwagami M, Araki H, Khattignavong P, Soundala P, Keomalaphet S, Prasayasith P, Lorpachan L, Xangsayalath P, Pongvongsa T, Hongvanthong B, Brey PT, Kano S, Jimba M.
Malar J. 2019 Mar 12;18(1):75.

[Correspondence] Health-care disparities for foreign residents in Japan.

Yasukawa K, Sawada T, Hashimoto H, Jimba M.
Lancet. 2019 Mar 2;393(10174):873-874.

Mental health disorders and substance use among people living with HIV in Nepal: their influence on non-adherence to anti-retroviral therapy.

Pokhrel KN, Pokhrel KG, Sharma VD, Poudel KC, Neupane SR, Mlunde LB, Jimba M.
AIDS Care. 2019 Mar 5:1-9.

Determinants of depressive symptoms in Filipino senior citizens of the community-based ENGAGE study.

Carandang RR, Shibanuma A, Kiriya J, Asis E, Chavez DC, Meana M, Murayama H, Jimba M.
Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2019 Feb 19;82:186-191.

In Memoriam: Professor Takusei Umenai (1941-2018): Hi, Let's Create a Novel Paradigm for Health Science!

Takahashi K, Jimba M.
Asia Pac J Public Health. 2019 Feb 22:1010539519832477.

Women's knowledge on common non-communicable diseases and nutritional need during pregnancy in three townships of Ayeyarwaddy region, Myanmar: a cross-sectional study.

Thandar MM, Kiriya J, Shibanuma A, Ong KIC, Tin KN, Win HH, Jimba M.
Trop Med Health. 2019 Jan 29;47:12.

Virologic failure in HIV-positive adolescents with perfect adherence in Uganda: a cross-sectional study.

Natukunda J, Kirabira P, Ong KIC, Shibanuma A, Jimba M.
Tropical Medicine and Health. 2019;47:8.

Factors associated with concurrent sexual partnerships among men who have sex with men in Yangon, Myanmar.

Saw TN, Yasuoko J, Saw YM, Than TM, Win EM, Aung ZZ, Cho SM, Shibanuma A, Poudel KC, Win HH, Iriyama S, Jimba M.
Nagoya J Med Sci. 2018 Nov;80(4):505-518.

Health and dignity of Palestine refugees at stake: a need for international response to sustain crucial life services at UNRWA.

Kitamura A, Jimba M, MaCahey J, Paolucci G, Shah S, Hababeh M, Shahin Y, Seita A.
Lancet.2018 Dec 22 -Jan 4 2019; 392:2736–44.

[Correspondence]Shrink the universal health coverage cube.

Jimba M, Fujimura SM.
Lancet. 2018 Dec 13; 392:2551.

The Knowledge and Awareness for Radiocesium Food Monitoring after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture.

Kunii N, Fujimura MS, Komasa Y, Kitamura A, Sato H, Takatsuji T, Jimba M, Kimura S.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Oct 18;15(10).

The coverage of continuum of care in maternal, newborn and child health: a cross-sectional study of woman-child pairs in Ghana.

Shibanuma A, Yeji F, Okawa S, Mahama E, Kikuchi K, Narh K, Enuameh Y, Nanishi K, Oduro A, Owusu-Agyei S, Gyapong M, Asare GQ, Yasuoka J, Ansah EK, Hodgson A, Jimba M,the Ghana EMBRACE Implementation Research Project Team.
BMJ Global Health 2018;3:e000786.

Nepalese migrants in Japan: What is holding them back in getting access to healthcare?

Shakya P, Tanaka M, Shibanuma A, Jimba M.
PLoS One. 2018 Sep 7;13(9):e0203645.

Different Pfcrt genotypes and related microsatellite DNA polymorphisms on Plasmodium falciparum differed among populations in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Iwagami M, Tangpukdee N, Wilairatana P, Krudsood S, Dao LD, Nakazawa S, Sinuon M, Socheat D, Yasuoka J, Jimba M, Watanabe H, Kobayashi J, Toma H, Vanisaveth V, Hongvanthong B, Brey PT, Kano S.
Parasitol Int. 2018 Aug 27. pii: S1383-5769(17)30395-1.

[Comment]HIV care continuum for key populations in Indonesia

Poudel KC, Jimba M.
Lancet HIV. 2018 Aug 21. pii: S2352-3018(18)30169-3.

Mothers' Opisthorchis viverrini infection status and raw fish dish consumption in Lao People's Democratic Republic: determinants of child infection status.

Araki H, Ong KIC, Lorphachan L, Soundala P, Iwagami M, Shibanuma A, Hongvanthong B, Brey PT, Kano S, Jimba M.
Trop Med Health. 2018 Aug 7;46:29.

Agreement on Reporting Intimate Partner Violence Among Nepalese Couples: A Cross-Sectional Study.

Yoshikawa K, Shakya TM, Poudel KC, Jimba M.
J Interpers Violence. 2018 Jul 1:886260518788371.

Bottom-up approach to strengthen community-based malaria control strategy from community health workers' perceptions of their past, present, and future: a qualitative study in Palawan, Philippines.

Matsumoto-Takahashi ELA, Tongol-Rivera P, Villacorte EA, Angluben RU, Jimba M, Kano S.
Trop Med Health. 2018 Jul 4;46:24.

Perceived social support, coping, and stigma on the quality of life of people living with HIV in Nepal: a moderated mediation analysis.

Shrestha S, Shibanuma A, Poudel KC, Nanishi K, Koyama Abe M, Shakya SK, Jimba M.
AIDS Care. 2018 Jul 11:1-8. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1497136.
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Message from Staff and Students

As students of global health, we aim to alleviate suffering in the world, to advocate for the weak and the vulnerable, to preserve and elevate life. And yet I find that my vegan lifestyle is met often with some measure of skepticism. Read more

About Us

The Department of Community and Global Health has been led by four professors since 1993: Professors Gen Ohi (April 1993 - March 1996), Som-Arch Wongkhomthong (June 1996 - March 1999), Susumu Wakai (August 1999 - March 2006), and Masamine Jimba (June 2006 - Present) Read more.