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Nurture global health workforce

We nurture global health workforce both domestically and internationally.

  1. We strengthen the development and training of leaders in the field of global health. 
  2. Considering our priority areas, we promote personnel exchanges with related institutions and organizations and increase workforce mobility. 
  3. Considering our priority areas, we diversify the workforce of the Bureau of International Health Cooperation and expand learning opportunities (such as through study abroad opportunities, graduate schools, or short-term educational programs). 
  4. We support managerial staff of the Bureau of International Health Cooperation improve their abilities and expertise (in leadership or multidisciplinary cooperation).  

※ Medical Examinations are required for clinical training at the NCGM.

Training programs for professionals from overseas

Healthcare-associated infection management training (for hospital managers and senior staff)


Healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) are de novo infections occurring in the hospital environment. Hospitals host patients with reduced immunity; therefore, it is important to prevent HCAI to avert severe health damage and increased treatment costs.

This training course aims to provide knowledge and skills regarding HCAI and support the planning of effective HCAI control measures in the trainees’ home countries.

The course facilitates knowledge in the prevention and control of HCAI, including basic measures such as hand washing and disinfection, preventive measures of different infection routes, hospital organization, and staff training. In addition to classroom sessions, field studies in hospitals and health centers are also provided.

Francophone Africa community-based maternal care training (for health administrators)

This training course aims to support the development of action plans to better provide maternal and child health services in the trainees’ home country while taking into consideration the conditions of the country. 

Through applied lectures, group work, and field studies, the trainees learn how to improve maternal and child health services based on the concept of “continuum of care,” which aims to support mothers, children, and families from pregnancy and delivery to postnatal child-rearing. 

Counterpart training


In technical cooperation projects, key administrators and technical personnel who function as focal points in the recipient countries are called “counterparts.” Counterpart training is conducted in line with the project objectives to advance technical cooperation effectively.

A participatory approach is taken, including observation of various Japanese institutions, discussions, and workshops, so that the counterparts can autonomously tackle the issues faced in their own countries. 

Training programs for students and professionals in Japan

Basic course in global health


This training course (10 sessions, 3 hours/session) is offered to Japanese students and professionals interested in international health cooperation. The course aims to provide a deeper understanding of global health. 

Basic lectures are provided along the theme of each session by the BIHC experts drawing on their field experiences as well as group work and discussions. 

Training for international health cooperation


This training course is offered to Japanese professionals who wish to bear essential roles in international health cooperation.    

The course provides (1) advanced lectures by BIHC experts, (2) project planning workshops, and (3) field studies in a low- or middle-income country. 

International clinical fellow program


This training program is offered to young medical doctors (fellows), who have finished the latter phase of clinical training. The program aims to provide an opportunity to consider future career paths in global health. 

Under the supervision of BIHC experts, fellows analyze technical cooperation projects, plan activities, and join overseas activities for 6 months to 1 year. 

Overseas training for nurses


This training course is available to nurses working in two general hospitals of the NCGM (Center Hospital and Konodai Hospital) and aims to provide basic knowledge on international health cooperation to help the trainees extend their nursing activities with an international perspective.