Improving access to health for everyone through developing the health system, health-related infrastructure and global health workforce.
Shape the future of global health architecture.
The current global health arena is becoming more and more complex with the emergence of new actors and new challenges in the rapidly changing world. The dynamics of the arena covers not only “eradicating” diseases, but also “coexisting” with them including preventive medicine. As a think tank, we would like to guide the world into the place providing better access to health for everyone through the creation of knowledge and solutions for overcoming the challenges.
Bring solutions to global health challenges through dialogues and co-creation.
The center believes that a multi-stakeholder approach is essential in addressing diverse and complex issues affecting health outcomes. Particularly, the private sector can play a significantly important role in enhancing engagement and investment in global health. As such, the center seeks to connect multi-sectoral stakeholders and encourage them to share their knowledge and experience with each other, to collaboratively bring innovative solutions to global health challenges. The center aims to serve as a platform for global health actors to discuss solutions and act on them.
Based on our mission, vision and value, the center has two main activities for our goal of designing the global health architecture. One is platform development and the other is solution making support.
|Platform development||Develop platform to stimulate discussions and promote partnerships among various global health actors.
・Multi-stakeholder forum “Access to Health”
・Independent research and publications
・Dialogues and event host
|Solution making and implementation support||Support creation and implementation of solutions to global health challenges through collaboration.
・Policy making and implementation support
・Partnership-based business incubation
Out Target Domains
Major challenges and its priority in global health
Among the global health topics, infectious diseases, NCDs and health systems have particularly high priorities and potential of private sector’s involvement.
Source: MURC (2018) based on WHO (2017) and Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) (2017)
Target domains of the Center
The center currently focuses on three (interlinked) domains: 1) infectious diseases, 2) non-communicable diseases and aging society, and 3) health systems, which are given a prominent emphasis in global agenda and are seen as the areas where the private sector could make significant contributions.
The center explores how issues in these domains can be solved by emerging non-medical technologies – especially, digital technologies including artificial intelligence / machine learning, block chain and drones.
Multi-stakeholder forum “Access to Health”
The center runs a public-private partnership forum gathering over 100 members including United Nations agencies/partnerships, Japanese governmental agencies, international civil society organizations, private companies and academia. It has been organizing a series of seminars for the members on a range of topics in global health, where the forum members share their knowledge and insight as presenters.
Independent Research and Publications
Research on global health architecture that sheds light on the roles of key players in the global health system.
Emerging Future on Procurement for Sustainable Development (1)
- World Bank’s New Procurement Framework
Emerging Future on Procurement for Sustainable Development (2)
- The private sector in Japan and its contribution to the SDGs
Emerging Future on Procurement for Sustainable Development (3)
- Five key factors for discussing sustainable procurement for the SDGs
Dialogues and Event Host
The center has been developing partnerships with key global health actors. Also we host events with these partners to promote discussions and collaboration among the health-related stakeholders.
Accelerating Innovation and Access in Global Health Technologies ~The latest progress in the fight against infectious diseases~
25th February 2018
Co-host with Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT), International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI)
27th March 2018
In partnership with Chatham House (Royal Institute for International Affairs)
Rapid diagnostic tests to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics and contribute to objectives of Universal Health Coverage: An interactive seminar in the run up to the UHC Summit Tokyo
11th December 2017
Co-host with British Embassy Tokyo and NESTA
Policy Making and Implementation Support
The center has been developing partnerships with key global health actors. Also we host events with these partners to promote discussions and collaboration among the actors.
Stop TB Partnership is an international body founded in 2001 to fight against tuberculosis (TB). MURC and Stop TB Partnership signed an MoU in 2018, with the aim of strengthening and accelerating private sector engagement in the fight against TB and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region (the detail is Japanese only).
Cabinet Secretariat of Japan
The center investigated Japanese companies business opportunities in developing countries in the domains related to infectious diseases.
We organized a series of expert committee meetings, conducted desktop research as well as questionnaires and interviews with Japanese companies, and arranged visits of expert committee members to developing countries to study the market situations in those countries.
Gavi is an international organization that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. The center provides consultancy services to Gavi to enhance their private sector engagement in Japan (the detail is Japanese only).
The Center provides consulting services to private sector partners upon request. It brings its expertise and network to solve diverse challenges facing global health actors in the private sector. The services to be provided can vary depending on the partner entity’s situation.
“PICTURES i” is our comprehensive consulting services for companies to enter public procurement market of international organizations and emerging countries’ government. We provide reports about the recent market information regularly and also customized supports for our clients’ successful entry into the market (the detail is Japanese only).
Improving Regional Medical and Nursing Care System with University
The center works with a Japanese private university, to improve medical and nursing care system in the region with declining and aging population. This project intends to utilize AI technologies to reduce workload of nursing care.
Partnership-based Business Development
The center works collaboratively with partners to find solutions to global health challenges. It also coordinates partner-to-partner collaboration by bridging multi-sectoral partners to facilitate productive partnerships and create synergies.
AMR surveillance and AI prediction with Asian AI Startup
The center collaborates with an innovative Asian startup using AI technologies for disease control to develop a new business for AMR surveillance and outbreak prediction
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Center on Global Health Architecture
Contact Person: Michikazu Koshiba and Tomoko Kunimitsu