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JICA, GHS and Noguchi Institute launches public health project

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Noguchi Memorial Institute have launched a project dubbed “Surveillance and Laboratory Support for Emerging Pathogens of Public Health Importance in Ghana”.

The project is under the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

A statement from JICA mentioned that the project is to strengthen the surveillance system by establishing a model for basic research-linked surveillance system in Ghana and deepening the understanding of the defense mechanism of intestinal mucosal tissue of enteric infectious diseases such as cholera and host immune response to HIV.

The project would be implemented through collaborative research with Japanese research institutions (Institution of Medical Science of the University of Tokyo (IMSUT), Mie University (MU), National Mie Hospital (NMH), and National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), with IMSUT as the representative institution).

The Ghanaian institutions such as Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana (NMIMR) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) will supervise the implementation of the project.

“The result of this project is expected to benefit the countermeasures for pathogens of public health importance in all of Ghana and also in the West African region in the future,’ the statement said.

Mr. Koji Makino, Chief Representative of JICA stated that JICA is very proud that the Noguchi Memorial Institute has grown to work as an equal partner with Japanese Universities and congratulate the Ghanaian institution on its remarkable achievement and contribution toward the improvement of health conditions not only in Ghana but also in Sub-Region Africa.

The launched was witnessed by Prof. Kwadwo Koram, Director of the Noguchi Memorial Institute, H.E. Kaoru Yoshimura, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana and officials from the Ghana Health Service.


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