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 As of April 2023

Deputy Director General,
Department of Human Resource Development


Area of expertise

Vaccine preventable diseases, Universal health coverage, Global health

Long-term overseas experiences

Jul 2009-
Jul 2011  
Regional Coordinating Officer, United Nations System for Influenza Coordination (UNSIC), Asia-Pacific Hub (Duty station: Bangkok, Thailand)
Sep 2003-
Mar 2006
Medical Officer, Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), WHO Viet Nam Office (Duty station: Hanoi, Viet Nam)
Jun 2000-
Feb 2001
Project leader, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Strengthening EPI Project (Duty station: Beijing, China)
Jun 1996-
May 1998
Long-term Expert, EPI, JICA Laos Public Health Project (Duty station: Vientiane, Lao PDR)
Jul 1993-
May 1994
Intern, World Education Inc. (44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA U.S.A, Duty station: Boston MA and Cambodia)

Publication list

  1. Matsuoka S, Kawakatsu Y, Koga S, Ayeola N, Iwayemi V, Saito C, Murakami H, Hachiya M. Underlying causes of underutilization of maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) services in Africa: A survey from Lagos State, Nigeria. Global Health and Medicine 2020; DOI: 10.35772/ghm.2020.01012.
  2. Mai VQ, Mai TTX, Tam NLM, Nghia LT, Komadae K, Murakami H. Prevalence and risk factors of dengue infection in Khanh Hoa Province, Viet Nam: A stratified cluster sampling survey. J Epidemiol 2018; 28(12):488-497.
  3. Matsubara C, Murakami H, Imai K, Mizoue T, Akashi H, Miyoshi C, Nakasa T. Prevalence of risk factors for posttraumatic stress reaction among resident survivors of the Tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake, March 11, 2011. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 2016; 10(5): 746-753.
  4. Murakami H, Kobayashi M, Hachiya M, Khan ZS, Hassan SQ, Sakurada S. Refusal of oral polio vaccine in northwestern Pakistan: A qualitative and quantitative study. Vaccine 2014; 32(12): 1382-1387.
  5. Matsubara C, Murakami H, Imai K, Mizoue T, Akashi H, Miyoshi C, Nakasa T. Prevalence of risk factors for depressive reaction among resident survivors after the Tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake, March 11, 2011. PLoS One 2014; doi;org/10.1371/journal.pone.0109240.
  6. Sakurai-Doi Y, Mochizuki N, Phuong K, Sung C, Visoth P, Sriv B, Amara SR, Murakami H, Komagata T, Fujita N. Who provides nursing services in Cambodian hospitals? Intl J Nursing Pract 2014; 20 (Suppl. 1): 39–46.
  7. Matsuoka S, Obara H, Nagai M, Murakami H, Lon RC. Performance-based financing with GAVI health system strengthening funding in rural Cambodia: a brief assessment of the impact. Health Pol & Plan 2014; 29(4): 456-65.
  8. Murakami H, Akashi H, Noda S, Mizoue T, Okazaki O, Ouchi Y, Okaji Y, Kajiwara C, Miyoshi C. A cross-sectional survey of blood pressure of a coastal city’s resident victims of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami. Am J Hypertens 2013;26(6):799-807.
  9. Murakami H, Phuong NM, Thang HV, Chau NV, Giao PN, Tho ND. Endemic diphtheria in Ho Chi Minh City; Viet Nam: a matched case-control study to identify risk factors of incidence. Vaccine 2010; 28(51):8141-8146.
  10. Murakami H. Cuong NV, Tuan HV, Tsukamoto K and Hien DS. Epidemiological impact of a nationwide measles immunization campaign in Viet Nam: A critical review. Bull WHO 2008; 86 (12): 948-955.
  11. Murakami H, Cuong NV, Huynh L, Hipgrave DB. Implementation of and costs associated with providing a birthdose of hepatitis B vaccine in Viet Nam. Vaccine 2008; 26: 1411-1419.
  12. Murakami H, Kobayashi M, Zhu X, Li Y, Wakai S, Chiba Y. Risk of transmission of hepatitis B virus through childhood immunization in northwestern China. Soc Sci Med 2003; 57: 1821-32.
  13. Murakami H, Phommasack B, Oula R, Sinxomphou S. Revolving drug funds at front-line health facilities in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Health Pol & Plan 2001;16(1):98-106.
  14. Kuroiwa C, Vongphrachanh P, Chosa T, Murakami H, Hashizume M, Wakai S, Tanaka M. Risk of poliomyelitis importation and re-emergence in Laos. Lancet 2000; 356(9240):1487-8.
  15. Kuroiwa C, Chosa T, Murakami H, Duangmala S, Vongphrachanh P, Saito T, Chiba Y. Polio surveillance in Lao PDR: a two-year experience of active case search, 1994-96. J Trop Pediatr 1999; 45(3): 185-90.
  16. Murakami H. Management of Revolving Drug Fund: Comparative Case Studies in Lao People's Democratic Republic, Technology and Development 1998; 11:49-58.