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Bureau of International Health Cooperation

About Us

about us



The Bureau of International Health Cooperation provides various kinds of supports in order to improve health care in developing countries. There are a number of countries in the world where people in poverty cannot receive adequate health care, where pregnant women cannot access to maternal health care and safe childbirth, and where people die young due to preventable or treatable infectious diseases. We have been assisting developing countries mainly in the fields of maternal and child health, infectious disease control, and health system strengthening in order to protect the people from life-threatening diseases.

Since founding in 1986, we have worked as a leading Japanese international cooperation agency in the health sector in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We dispatch experts to technical cooperation projects in developing countries, train health personnel domestically and abroad, and conduct health research. In addition, we dispatch medical relief teams in many parts of the world in response to natural disasters and epidemic of communicable diseases.

We aim for the world where all people, without disparity, live healthy lives. Therefore, the Bureau of International Health Cooperation, under the tag-line of "Care, Commitment and Communication for a Healthier World", promotes high-quality international cooperation that combines strategy and field implementation.



Aiming to realize the world where all the people can equally lead healthy lives, the Bureau of International Health Cooperation provides support around the world, including developing countries, to improve health care using our expertise and contributes to healthier lives of Japanese people by bringing these experiences back to Japan.


As a core institution of Japan's international health cooperation, we aim to develop a society where people of all countries without disparities live healthy lives and to promote the improvement of health and health care. We intend to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, and prevent the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, which are listed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Furthermore, we work towards universal health coverage (UHC) in coordination with other developing countries, various international organizations and aid agencies.

We will expand high-quality international health cooperation by effectively mobilizing our rich knowledge in areas such as human resource development and know-how in creating mechanisms of technical capacity building towards the solution of international issues.