Takemi Program NEWS

January 2016

We are pleased to share with you “Looking Back on My 44 Years with Japan: Connecting with Medicine, Public Health, and International Health,” written by Michael R. Reich and published in the Japan Medical Association Journal.

“On April 29 in Japan, the Japanese Government announced its Spring Honors List. Harvard University Professor Michael Robin Reich was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Japan’s policy for global public health as well as for advancing public health in Japan.”

For those of you unable to attend the Japan Medical Association celebration event in honor of this award, we hope you will enjoy the paper based on Michael’s speech last summer.

December 2015

Congratulations to 2015-2016 Takemi Fellow Mara Barcelos who received the Harvard Chan School Postdoc Association Travel Award during the PDA Holiday Luncheon today.

The Postdoc Association Travel Award is designed to provide financial support to Harvard Chan School research fellows who have limited opportunities to attend a conference.

The Harvard Chan School Postdoc Association serves as a resource for current and prospective Harvard Chan postdoctoral research fellows and research associates. Resources include professional development opportunities and access to networking events, etc.  They have a very active Facebook Page that is updated regularly.

November 2015

Harvard Arab Weekend November 5-8, 2015

2003-2004 Takemi Fellow Akihiro Seita, Health Program Director with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), will participate in a panel discussion on occupation health from 2-3:30pm on Saturday Nov. 7Occupational Health – Political Constraints on Access to Healthcare in the Conflict Zones (featuring Dr. Mads Gilbert).

You must register here by November 8.

Harvard Arab Weekend (HAW) is the largest pan-Arab conference in North America, bringing together nearly 1,000 students and professionals to discuss key issues with the region’s most prominent politicians, business people, and civil society leaders. HAW has prided itself on showcasing a mosaic of perspectives and insights on the most pressing issues in the Arab world. In 2011, HAW was commended by the White House as “the premier Arab world conference” in North America.

2015 HAW Theme: Building Bridges

In light of the challenges facing the Arab world today, it is our responsibility to promote a positive, forward-looking view of the region that bridges the gap between its rich history and promising future. We believe that many of the region’s predicaments have been caused or compounded by the disjuncture of Arab societies and marked disunity among Arab governments. Therefore, it is imperative to seek innovative ways to effectively bridge the political, economic, and social gaps that have divided the region for far too long. The 2015 rendition of Harvard Arab Weekend will seek to promote unity among Arab and global communities and bring in inspiring men and women who have worked toward achieving that end.

Harvard Arab Weekend is a microcosm of what can be accomplished when ambitious change-makers put their minds and energies together to find solutions for the challenges that we face today. HAW 2015 will celebrate the Arab world’s achievements while serving as a call to action for its participants to translate diverse ideas into concrete solutions for a shared and vibrant future that leaves its mark on the region and the world at-large.

If you have any questions, please contact co-chairs Aya Majzoub and Kami Choi at harvardarabweekend2015@gmail.com

October 2015

In June the American Public Health Association (APHA) announced that 2012-2014 Takemi Fellow Meg Henning received its APHA International Health Section Mid-career Award.

The Mid-Career Award in International Health is intended to recognize outstanding emerging professionals in the IH Section. The evaluation criteria for the Mid-Career Award include: (1) the individual’s commitment to the promotion and development of primary health care in a cross-cultural setting over a period of 5-15 years (with primary health care encompassing a broad array of public health issues, including HIV/AIDS prevention and environmental health); (2) demonstrated creativity in expanding the concepts pertinent to the practice of public health with an international focus; and (3) membership in APHA (preferably primary affiliation with the IH Section), a State affiliate, or a national public health association that is a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. No self-nomination is allowed.

July 2015

As many of you know, the Director of the Takemi Program, Professor Michael Reich, will be on Sabbatical for the academic year of 2015-16.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jesse Bump has been appointed Lecturer on Global Health Policy in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and will also serve as Executive Director of the Takemi Program in International Health, effective July 1, 2015.

Jesse holds a Baccalaureate in Astronomy and History from Amherst College, a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and a PhD in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Johns Hopkins University. He was a Takemi Fellow 2009-2011, and then Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University.

Jesse’s research focuses on the historical, political, and economic forces that are among the most fundamental determinants of ill health and the effectiveness of related institutions. His research addresses major themes in global health history, and in the political economy of global health to analyze these macro forces and develop strategies to navigate better solutions within them.

Please join us in welcoming Jesse into this new role as Executive Director of the Takemi Program in International Health.

June 2015

With enormous gratitude we would like to announce that 2001-2002 Takemi Fellow Edward (Ted) Crocker Green, PDS ’02 has established a bequest to contribute a $2 million Revocable Trust intended for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to benefit of scholars to the Takemi Program.

Additional details regarding the Trust and Ted’s engaging career, contributions, and research can be read in the latest volume of the Harvard Chan School’s Legacy Matters.

Please join us in thanking Ted for this incredible and generous support to the Takemi Program and its future Fellows.

May 2015

Each year, a group of Takemi Fellows visit a local Community Health Center to tour the facility and meet with those who work there in order to learn how community health centers function in the US Heath System.  Below are photos from this year’s visit to the Dimock Center in Roxbury, MA.

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April 2015

Congratulations Michael Reich, Director of the Takemi Program.

On April 29 in Japan, the Japanese Government announced its Spring Honors List. Harvard University Professor Michael Robin Reich was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Japan’s policy for global public health as well as for advancing public health in Japan.

More information can be found on the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston website   or via the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health​ press release.

The Consulate General of Japan in Boston’s report on the Conferment Ceremony for Michael Reich can now be found online in both English and Japanese.  Please contact Amy Levin for links to a video recording of the event.

Alumni interested in attending a related celebratory event on the evening of July 9 in Tokyo (hosted by Japan Medical Association) should contact Yuji Noto for more information:

Yuji Noto
Manager, International Affairs Division
Japan Medical Association
113-0021, 2-28-16, Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3946-2121, Fax: +81-3-3946-6295
Email: ynoto@po.med.or.jp, jmaintl@po.med.or.jp

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In celebration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon Award received by Michael R. Reich on April 29, Ranganayakulu Bodavala (1999-2000 Takemi Fellow) held a cake cutting ceremony with family, friends, and colleagues in India. Ranga found that several noble laureates and remarkable leaders had also received this esteemed award, and said “We do not compare our beloved professor with any but now feel so elated to see the nature of the award and distinguished and dedicated work you have done for more than 3 decades”. Congratulations again Michael!

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Ranga and colleagues celebrate Michael Reich’s award.


Now available: Governing Health Systems: For Nations and Communities Around the World (Lamprey & Lee, April 14, 2015).   Order your copy now on Amazon.com.  Ebooks can be purchased through Barnes & Noble.


Also now available online- We are pleased to announce publication of the first issue of Health Systems & Reform.

“All around the world, health systems are engaged in reform, seeking to improve performance, advance equity, and resolve challenges. The challenges include rising costs, aging populations, surging chronic diseases, new technologies, and uneven implementation. Reformers are desperately seeking innovative approaches to health policies, delivery, and reform. Yet there is no global platform dedicated to knowledge generation and translation for health systems and reform. Our new journal—Health Systems & Reform (HS&R)—seeks to fill this gap for both academic and policy maker audiences.

We are pleased to introduce HS&R through this inaugural issue as the journal of excellence and reference in health systems and reform globally. The journal’s mission is to create a global platform for sharing cutting-edge analysis, methods, and lessons in health systems and reform and to provide thought-provoking articles for leaders, researchers, and students looking for new ideas and lessons in how to improve health systems and reform processes. Most importantly, we hope that our journal will contribute to strengthening health systems and to improving health care delivered to patients around the world.”

March 2015

We are pleased to announce that (1996-97) Takemi Fellow Yasuhide Nakamura in Osaka University has received the 43rd Medical Contribution Award from Yomiuri Shimbun for his long-term contribution to promoting the use of the Maternal and Child Health Handbook (MCH).  The MCH Handbook was first developed in Japan in the aftermath of World War II and contributed to a dramatic improvement in maternal and child health in Japan from the late 1940’s to 1970’s. The all-in-one style of MCH handbook (which includes pregnancy and delivery health records, child development records and the instructions for mothers has been a practical and helpful tool for both families and health care workers and has been used in over 30 countries all over the world.

We are also pleased to announce the publication of Governing Health Systems: For Nations and Communities Around the World (Lamprey & Lee, April 14, 2015).   Order your copy now on Amazon.com.  Ebooks can be purchased through the publisher.


GOVERNING HEALTH SYSTEMS: For Nations and Communities Around the World

By Michael R. Reich and Keizo Takemi

Policymakers around the world are struggling to address the multiple challenges of governing health systems. GOVERNING HEALTH SYSTEMS: For Nations and Communities Around the World (Lamprey & Lee, April 14, 2015) examines the complex relationships between governance and performance in community and national health systems.

Each chapter provides an in-depth case study, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, on health systems in many countries, including Uganda, Ghana, India, Zambia, Japan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Brazil, Palestine, and South Korea. The chapters are written by former Takemi Fellows in International Health, who were mid-career research fellows at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and their colleagues. This case study approach yields important findings as well as contextual insights about the challenges and accomplishments in addressing governance issues in national and community health systems around the world. The authors examine how health systems are working in the following areas:

At the community level:

  • Community participation in health management committees
  • District hospitals and community governance
  • Decentralized government and community health systems
  • Community workers and responding to health disasters
  • Community perceptions of the health system

At the national level:

  • Governing toward universal health coverage
  • Health policy implementation in a decentralized system
  • National governance and financial accountability for health organizations
  • Public participation in decisions about health priorities

The studies presented in this book—deep examinations of illustrative examples of health system governance for communities and nations—contribute to our knowledge about global health and assist policymakers in dealing with the complex practical problems of health systems. This book addresses central questions around governance and why it matters.

This book marks the thirtieth anniversary for the Takemi Program in International Health at the Harvard

T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This extraordinary program has been in existence since 1983, and it welcomed its thirtieth group of Takemi Fellows to Harvard in the fall of 2013. Over the past three decades, 242 people from fifty-one countries have participated in the Takemi Program. This book celebrates the contributions of Takemi Fellows around the world to advancing global health.


Michael R. Reich is the Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He received his PhD in political science from Yale University in 1981. Dr. Reich has written extensively about the political dimensions of public health policy, health reform, and pharmaceutical policy. He previously served as chair and acting chair of Harvard’s Department of Population and International Health (1997–2001) and as director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (2001-05), and continues as Director of the Takemi Program in International Health.

Keizo Takemi is a Member of the House of Councilors of Japan’s National Diet and a Senior Fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). He served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1998-99 and Senior Vice-Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan in 2006-07. He is an internationally recognized advocate for global health and development, and played an important role in placing health system strengthening at the center of the 2008 G8 summit in Japan. He also was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health from 2007 to 2009.

GOVERNING HEALTH SYSTEMS: For Nations and Communities Around the World

By Michael R. Reich and Keizo Takemi Lamprey & Lee

Publication Date: April 14, 2015

Hardcover; 419 pages

ISBN: 978-1-94210-800-9; price: $55.00 eISBN: 978-1-62956-059-5; price: $9.99

December 2014

2013-14 Takemi Fellow Tamil Kendall mentioned in Harvard School of Public Health Featured News Story:  Boosting comprehensive women’s health care in Sub-Saharan Africa

2013-14 Takemi Fellow Tamil Kendall will be part of a panel discussion on HIV, Maternal, and Reproductive Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa:  Friday, December 5, 12:30  — 1:30 p.m. HSPH Building 1, Room 1208- JAIDS Panel: Bridging Gaps Between HIV, Maternal, and Reproductive Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence for Action (Ana Langer, Till Barnighausen, Sarah Raifman, Tamil Kendall, Wafaie Fawzi)

New Lancet publication by Takemi Program Director Michael Reich and Yarlini Balarajan!  Lancet Global Health: Political Economy Analysis for Nutrition Policy.

November 2014

World Bank Report Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of 11 Country Case Studies (co-authored by Takemi Program Director, Michael Reich)- now available online!

Also available online, World Bank Publication Universal health coverage for inclusive and sustainable development: A Lesson From Japan  with chapters co-authored by Michael Reich.

November 14, 12:30-1:30pm Boston Time: Takemi Fellow (1999-2000) Ranga BodavalaThrive Solar Energy Private Limited: THRIVE Solar Energy: Bringing light to poor homes worldwide.  Meeting in HSPH, FXB G13.  To view the live broadcast and recording of the talk click here.

Maryam Farvid (2013-15): in the NEWS: Dietary linoleic acid and risk of coronary heart disease

October 2014

Maryam Farvid (2013-15): in the NEWS (on diet and breast cancer)!

September 2014

Congratulations to Takemi Fellow (1991-92) Friday Okonofua on the publication of Confronting the Challenge of Reproductive Health in African: A Textbook for Students and Development Practitioners.   This textbook on sexual and reproductive health for students and development practitioners will be presented to the general public at the Secretariat of the National Universities Commission, Abuja on September 30, 2014 at 10am.  For more details, click here.

July 2014

(2013-2014) Takemi Fellow Tamil Kendall: News coverage of a presentation based on her research at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne: Under pressure: Latin American women face forced sterilization.

June 2014

Congratulations to Takemi Fellow (1995-1996) Prof. Benjamin Ozumba who was appointed 14th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria.

Spring 2014

An article about the Takemi Program 30th Anniversary Symposium appeared in the Harvard Public Health Review this spring: Time for thinking big: Fellowship program spurs midcareer pros to solve big problems

December 2013

A total of three videos were produced during the Symposium and can be viewed here:

November 2013

Please take a few moments to view a beautiful video about the Takemi Program in International Health (produced in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary Symposium Oct. 11-12, 2013):

2013-2014 Takemi Fellows Tamil Kendall and Meg Henning, and 2007-2008 Takemi Fellow Richard Wamai will present at the American Public Health Association (APHR) Annual Meeting in Boston November 2-6, 2013:

Richard Wamai
Tuesday, November 5, 9:00-9:15am
4046.0 Assessing technical efficiency of HIV prevention interventions in four African countries: Methods of the orphea project

Tamil Kendall
Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 2:30-4:00pm
4285.0 Building an advocacy coalition to respond to reproductive rights violations experienced by women with HIV in mesoamerica (Panel on Reproductive Rights and Justice)

Meg Henning
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 10:30 AM – 10:48 AM
276153: Translating community-based breastfeeding research into action

October 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
FXB Centre, Room 710
Former Takemi Fellow (2001-02) Leslie LondonTransforming health systems through human rights advocacy: The role of personal values and social justice commitments in the public health service

S354, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
*Lunch will be served*
Former Takemi Fellow Ranganayakulu Bodavala, Founder and Managing Director, Thrive Energy Technologies and Marc Mitchell, Lecturer on Global Health, Dept of GHP, HSPH; Founder and President, D-Tree International present:  Harvard South Asia Institute Social Enterprise Seminar: Inexpensive Solar Lights For Livelihood Improvement in India: An Agenda for Inclusive Growth

Friday, October 11-12, 2013

Takemi Program 30th Anniversary Symposium

The Takemi Program in International Health is holding its 30th Anniversary Symposium Celebration on October 11 & 12, 2013.  The Symposium will take place on Harvard campuses in Cambridge and Boston, on the theme of “Governing Health Systems: Community, National, and Global Challenges.”   Registration is now closed.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Takemi Program 30th Anniversary Symposium begins with an Open House

4-6pm, HSPH Building 1, 12th Floor Conference Room.  This is an informal reception that will give past Fellows a chance to visit with HSPH friends and colleagues.  Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 12:30-1:30
Kresge G-2
Lunch Provided

Former Takemi Fellow (1993-94, 1995-96) Malgorzata Nabialcyzk-Chalupowski will present “How Clinical Medicine, Quality Management, and Law Converge in Global Health: Reflections on implementing maternal-newborn care quality improvement programs in Somaliland, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Bangladesh” during the next HSPH Student Government Global Chat.

August 2013

Plans for the Takemi Program 30th Anniversary Symposium are in full swing.  Representatives from 29 of the 30 groups of Takemi Fellows will attend from 32 different countries.  Registration is now closed due to the enthusiastic response of past and current Fellows.

July 2013

The Lancet published an article this month on the accomplishments of 1990-91 Takemi Fellow Nafsiah Mboi, Indonesia’s Health Minister: Indonesia’s year for global health diplomacy, The Lancet, Volume 382, Issue 9889, Page 297, 27 July 2013.

March 2013

On April 25, 2013, The Department of Global Health and Population will celebrate it’s 50 year anniversary with a full day Symposium: GHP@50.  Three 2012-13 Takemi Fellows will present during the Poster Session at this event:

  • Jan-Walter De Neve: The effect of education on HIV status in sub-Saharan Africa: evidence from policy reforms in Botswana
  • Meg Henning: Analysis of Orphans and Vulnerable Children results from 2009 Zambian Health Survey and Praxis of Community Schools
  • Mehlika Toy: Population health impact and cost-effectiveness of monitoring inactive chronic hepatitis B and treating eligible patients in Shanghai, China

September 2012

We are saddened to announce that Dr Ramesh Durvasula, Takemi Fellow (1987-1988), passed away in Orissa India on August 22nd.  We were informed by his sister,  Dr Nalini Chavali.  If you wish to contact her to express your condolences, please contact Amy Levin alevin@hsph.harvard.edu.

August 2012

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2012-13 Takemi Fellow Meg Henning was invited to present “Federal breastfeeding workplace law and university lactation support programs: Translating policy to action” during the poster session: “Portraits in women’s health” at the APHA 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA October 27-31, 2012.

June 2012

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2011-2012 Takemi Fellow Solomon Chen is interviewed for Reuters Health article: Hepatitis B vaccine protects for 25 years: study.


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On June 13, 2012, 1990-91 Takemi Fellow Nafsiah Mboi was named Minister of Health in Indonesia.

She replaced the former Minister, Endang Sedyaningsih Mamahit (who was an HSPH graduate), who sadly died of cancer in June.


March 2012

Congratulations to 2011-2012 Takemi Fellow Solomon Chen for winning second place for a photo submitted to HSPH’s International Women’s Day 2012 “Women and Health” Photo Contest:

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February 2012

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Takemi Fellow Solomon Chen will participate in tomorrow’s Global Chat:
Make every mother and child account – The effectiveness of training traditional birth attendants in Africa”  (Wednesday, Feb. 22nd  12:30 – 1:30pm, Kresge G2)


We were informed yesterday that 1985-86 Takemi Fellow Tomas Uribe-Mosquera passed away on Feb. 9, 2012.  He had been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in September 2011.  It is with great sadness that we pass this information along to you.  Please contact Amy Levin alevin@hsph.harvard.edu for his wife Consuelo’s email address if you would like to contact her with your condolences.


December 2011

2011-2012 Takemi Program Photos can now be viewed on Facebook or by clicking on the links below:



Potluck Tea Party


HSPH recently changed it’s bylaws to allow former Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Researchers full membership to it’s Alumni Association. This will allow all former Takemi Fellows to enjoy the full benefits of an HSPH Alum. The Office for Alumni Affairs is still updating their site to include a full list of former Takemi Fellows, as well as a search tool that will allow them to be found under that category. More information will be posted soon as things are finalized. Please direct all questions re: benefits to the HSPH Office for Alumni Affairs.  Please note that online access to journals through Harvard Libraries is unfortunately NOT a service that can be offered to Alumni at this time.


On Thursday, December 15, 3:30-5pm, the Takemi Program will be hosting informal gathering to celebrate the end of the Fall Semester, and the upcoming Holiday Season.  This will take place in HSPH Building 1, 12th Floor Conference Room.  All are welcome.

Takemi Program Holiday Tea Party

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November 2011

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We are pleased to announce the publication of a book on pharmaceutical reform co-authored by the Takemi Program’s Director Michael ReichPharmaceutical Reform: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity.  Full text can be downloaded free of charge.

Please also note that another one of Michael’s books: Access: How do good health technologies get to poor people in poor countries as well as his PolicyMaker Software can be downloaded for free as well.

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Congratulations to 2008-2009 Takemi Fellow Wipada Kunaviktiul for receiving the following awards this year:

October 2011

It is with great sadness that we were informed in April of the passing of one of our Former Fellows.   Guy Carrin (1985-86) passed away on March 28, 2011.  Please see the below announcement regarding a Seminar being held in his remembrance.

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Dear friends and colleagues,

Our colleague Guy Carrin passed away on March 28th. 

Guy Carrin was a pioneer of health economics at the University of Antwerp who guided many researchers into the field.

In remembrance, we are organizing a special seminar on November 21st .  During the seminar we will also present Guy Carrin’s  latest book ‘Health Financing in the Developing World’.

In attachment you can see details of the program and on the book.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Diana De Graeve and Guido Erreygers

Department of Economics

Universiteit Antwerpen



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2011-2012 Takemi Fellow Yoon Kim will present South-Korean Elderly-Care System- Financial Aspects as an invited speaker at the International Symposium on Long Term Care and Old-age Security in Beijing, China October 30-31, 2011.  Additionally, he has been invited to chair an international seminar on global maternal and child health at the International Forum for Performance Improvement and sustained development of ODA in Maternal and Child Health in Seoul, Korea in November, 2011.

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2010-2012 Takemi Fellow Hee-Kyung Joh has been invited to present a poster: ABO blood group and risk of renal cell cancer at the Tenth Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research (AACR) October 22-25, 2011, Boston, MA.

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2011-2012 Takemi Fellow Rie Sakai has been invited to present a poster “Trends in Genetic Testing Using Electronic Health Records (EHRs)” at the American Medical Informatics Association 2011 Annual Symposium in Washington DC, October 22-26, 2011.

September 2011

We recently uploaded to our website a Takemi Program Report which includes information about our Program, and also reflects research and publications by our most recent groups of Fellows.  Please feel free to forward this document to candidates applying to our Program.


We are happy to announce that Policymaker software is now available for download free of charge. This easy-to-use tool can help you analyze, understand, and create effective strategies to promote your point of view on any policy question or political issue. PolicyMaker provides step-by-step guidance to help you conduct a stakeholder analysis and design political strategies to support your policy.


Instructions on downloading:

• Your browser may ask you whether you want to “Save the File” or “Run” it. Choose “Save”.
• Unzip PolicyMaker4_331_4.zip, placing the files in an empty directory (copy the folder structure and files to an emp…ty directory, or extract the files). Do NOT execute the setup.exe while it is still compressed.
• Be sure to create a new folder, put the zip file in it, unzip it, and then click on setup.exe
• Then, execute setup.exe.
• If you do not have the .NET package installed on your machine, you will be prompted to download and install it (from Microsoft’s site).
• Once Policymaker has been installed, it can be found as “PoliMap” as a Program when you go to the “Start” menu


Unfortunately, the live broadcast of the US-Japan Relations Rebuilding Japan Panel did not occur. However, they were able to record the session and it will be available for viewing shortly on the US-Japan Relations Vimeo Channel.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Michael R. Reich will participate in Harvard’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Special Series on Post-Disaster Japan: Rebuilding Japan on Tuesday, September 13, 12:15-1:45 pm (Boston, USA Time).

stream live, and will also be recorded for later viewing on the US-Japan Relations Vimeo Channel.

PanelistsRobert Alan Feldman,  Managing Director, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.;Michael R. Reich,  Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy, and Director, Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard School of Public Health; Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Japanese Studies, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

If you are here in Boston/Cambridge and want to attend, please come to: Lower Level Conference Room, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies) 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 *If you work at HSPH, take the M2 Shuttle or Red Line to Harvard Square and walk.


The Takemi Program recently hosted an informal Welcome Reception introducing the 2011-2012 Takemi Fellows to the Department of Global Health and Population.  It was a wonderful start to the year.  You are welcome view photos from the event (click here).

For those of you unable to attend, the Lancet  Special Series on Japan Launch Symposium can be viewed on the Japan Center for International Exchange website.  The Lancet Japan Series papers as well as a Profile of Keizo Takemi can be viewed on the Lancet website.  Papers for the Lancet Southeast Asia Series can also be found on the Lancet website. Harvard students and affiliates with a current Harvard ID can view the Lancet Japan Series and Southeast Asia Series papers at no cost through Harvard’s Google Scholar.

We are continuing to update our Funding Search Resources List for candidates applying to our Program and deeply appreciate the input provided to us so for.  Please continue to send ideas our way, and please refer potential applicants to this new resource.

We now have a Takemi Program Facebook Page.  Please feel free to “friend” us on here to receive the most up to date information on our Program.

August 2011

The Lancet will publish a special series on Japan in September 2011, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Japan’s attainment of universal healthcare coverage. The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and the Lancet have organized an international public symposium in Tokyo on Sept 1, 2011, as part of the series launch, titled “Restructuring Japan’s Healthcare System: Beyond the March 11 Disaster.”  Click here for the current schedule for this event.


May 2011

The Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM2011) has been rescheduled to November 14-18, 2011 in Antalya, Turkey.  Please note the new dates and location.

*Anita Wagner (who sits on the Takemi Program Selection Committee), chairs the committee developing the program for this conference.


April 2011

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Congratulations to 2010-2011 Takemi  Fellow Joseph Okeibunor whose poster was selected by Poster and Exhibit Day judges for Honorable Mention in the Postdoctoral category of the 25thannual HSPH Poster & Exhibit Day  competition.  Click here to view his poster.


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our Former Fellows.   Guy Carrin (1985-86) passed away on March 28, 2011.  Please see the below letter from his wife Rita.

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 Dear Michael,

My dear husband Guy Carrin passed away on March 28th after a long and courageous battle against Multiple Myeloma. Guy was a Takemi fellow in 1985-1986.

The children and I have very good memories of this special year in Boston. We made many life-time friends there. Now we are living in Switzerland since 21 years. Guy retired from WHO in 2009 but was still a professor at the University of Antwerp.

All the best,

Rita De Herdt-Carrin and family



March 2011

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Takemi Program Director Michael Reich participated in two panels at Harvard discussing the events resulting from the March 11, 2011 Earthquake in northern Japan:


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Minah Kim (2010-2012) presented two papers at the 2011 ASPA Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland March 11-15, 2011:

  • Discourse Analysis of Framing in Policy decision making process: A Case study of Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Placement in Korea
  • Credit Claiming versus Blame Avoidance: Priority-Setting for Korea’s National Health Insurance System

Due to events in Egypt at this time, the Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM2011) has been postponed.  Please check the website regularly for updated information.  New dates and location to be determined soon.
*Anita Wagner (who sits on the Takemi Program Selection Committee), chairs the committee developing the program for this conference.

February 2011

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2010-2011 Takemi Fellow Joseph Okeibunor was invited by Buffalo State University to give a lecture on Access to Health in Areas with Weak Health Systems in Africa  as part of their Black History Month Celebration.


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2009-2010 Takemi Fellow Kayako Sakisaka was recently appointed Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy, Chuo University (Japan).  She will begin this position in April.


December 2010

2006-2008 Takemi Fellow Richard Wamai was invited for an interview on the Boston Channel (WCVB, channel 5) in their City Line show to discuss lowering the risk of spreading HIV among heterosexual men in Africa. The program airs on Sunday December 12th at 12 noon.  It can be viewed online here: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/26065198/detail.html  (Segement 1.)


November 2010

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Minah Kim (2010-2012) presented two papers at the Thirty-second Annual APPAM Research Conference: Making Fair and Effective Policy in Difficult Times, Boston, November 5-7, 2010:

  1. Use of the Hierarchical Linear Modeling to analyze multiple informant surveys.
  2. Impact of Participation in Social Activities on Subjective Quality of Life among Korean Elders.

2006-2008 Takemi Fellow Richard Wamai was recently appointed Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, Boston, USA.  Please enjoy this article about his HIV/AIDS research in their online newspaper news@Northeastern:http://www.northeastern.edu/news/stories/2010/11/richard_wamai.html


October 2010

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2008-2009 Takemi Fellow Wipada Kunaviktikul will receive a Visionary Leader Award at the 60th Anniversary Celebration of University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing.


Spring, Summer, and Fall 2010

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2009-2011 Takemi Fellow Jesse Bump presented The Long Road To Universal Health Coverage: A century of lessons for development strategy at the Following Conferences and Meetings:

  • Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, 3 March 2010
  • Global Health Group, CERGAS, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, 27 April 2010
  • 11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC, 7 August 2010
  • Panel Presentation: Political economy of universal health coverage, First International Symposium on Health Systems Research, November 15-19, 2010, Montreux, Switzerland (accepted)

 July 2010

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2008-2010 Takemi Fellow Miwako Hosoda presented the following Conferences and Meetings:

Towards a Syncretistic Approach: Japanese Bioethics through the Lens of the Guidelines for:

  • Newborns with Severe Diseases, 17th World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association, Goteborg, Sweden. July 11-17, 2010, July 13, RC15:04, Program p.130.
  • Teamwork and Reformation of the Healthcare Workforce: The Nurse Practitioner in Japan, 17th World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association, Goteborg, Sweden. July 11-17, 2010, July 14, JS75(RC52/RC15), Program p.314.

June 2010

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2010-2011 Takemi Fellow Hee-Kyung Joh presented Type 2 Diabetes and Risk of Renal Cell Cancer: Nurses’ Health Study, 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, Seattle WA, June 23-26, 2010. *Hee-Kyung Joh, W Willett, E Cho

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Minah Kim (2010-2012) presented Experiences of discrimination and the health of the Korean,7th East Asian Social Policy Conference, Aug 20-21, 2010, Seoul, Korea



April 2010

Congratulations to 2009-2010 Takemi Fellows Roni Factor and Kayako Sakisaka whose posters were selected by HSPH Faculty Council and the Poster and Exhibit Day judges as the two prize winners in the Postdoctoral category of the 2010 Poster and Exhibit Day competition:

  • Roni Factor, Joseph N. Prashker, and David Mahalel: The Flashing Green Light Paradox
  • Kayako Sakisaka, and Masamine Jimba: Why Japan cannot prevent daily 90 suicide deaths? Findings from national data and verbal autospy study on suicide affected family 2008-2010

Poster 2010

Miwako Hosoda (Takemi Program Health Policy Study Group Coordinator), Kayako Sakisaka (Prize winner), and Roni Factor (Prize winner)


January 2010

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2009-2010 Takemi Fellow Elaine Thume’s research on Utilization of Home Care by the Elderly in Brazil’s Primary Health Care System has been selected as Research project for Oral presentation during the 19th WONCA WORLD CONFERENCE OF FAMILY DOCTORS (May 19-23, 2010) in Cancun, Mexico.

2008-2010 Takemi Fellow Yanping Li and 2009-2010 Takemi Fellow Elaine Thume were featured in an article about the Takemi Program in the January 15, 2010 issue of Harvard Public Health NOW.

October 2009

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2008-2010 Takemi Fellow/HSPH Nutrition Department Research Fellow, Yanping Li, was awarded the INF/Kraft Short-Term Fellowship Award and invited to present at the International Conference of Nutrition (ICN 2009) in Bangkok, Thailand, October 4-9, 2009.   She will present:   (1) Dietary intake and plasma lipid profiles of stunted and/or overweight children in China; and   (2) Effectiveness and sustainability of physical activity intervention on body composition of Chinese children.

August 2009

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2008-2010 Takemi Fellow, Miwako Hosoda will present “Antagonism and Partnership: Health Social Movement after 1945 in Japan” at the 104th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, held in San Francisco, California, USA, August 8-August 11, 2009.


May 2009

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On May 8, 2008-2009 Takemi Fellow Wipada Kunaviktiul presented Nursing shortage in Thailand and the research study using Discrete Choice Experiment” as lead speaker at the Colloquium on Global Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Nursing.


April 2009

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On April 21, Takemi Program Faculty Advisor Marc Mitchell will present to USAID Global Health Bureau on the topic of: M-health: delivering evidence based medicine in low income countries through the use of electronic clinical protocols.

Abstract: There is good evidence that the use of evidence based protocols such as IMCI can improve health outcomes in low income countries.  However, several recent studies have shown that provider adherence to these protocols is often limited.  Dr. Mitchell’s work both at HSPH and as CEO of D-tree International(http://www.d-tree.org/) has been to address this problem through the use of mobile technology (cell phones and PDAs) running specially developed protocols that take providers step by step through the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in low income countries. His work in Tanzania and South Africa suggests that provider adherence to the IMCI protocols improves with the use of mobile technology and that counselors or nurses can effectively triage HIV/AIDS patients in busy clinics where doctors or clinical officers are scarce. Other applications of this technology being developed include improved malaria treatment algorithms, screening for TB in HIV/AIDS clinics, community based support for HIV/AIDS patients, family planning counseling, , and improved care for chronic disease such at diabetes and hypertension.


March 2009

1984-1985 Takemi Fellow Prakash C. Gupta announces The 14th Wold Conference on Tobacco or Health  in Mumbai, India: March 8-12, 2009.  They expect over 2000 delegates.  He is the President of the Conference. http://www.14wctoh.org/


February 2009

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A Profile of our Program Director, Michael R. Reich, appeared in The Lancet: Click here


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2008-2009 Takemi Fellow Wipada Kunaviktikul was highlighted in an article in The Daily Pennsylvanian after presenting at the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School third-annual Global Health Reflections Week: Click here


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2008-2009 Takemi Fellow Ramin Mehrdad became a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME) through the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME)


January 2009

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We are pleased to announce the publication of a book on access to health technologies co-authored by the Takemi Program’s Director Michael Reich: “Access: How do good health technologies get to poor people in poor countries”; the full text is downloadable at http://www.accessbook.org/

December 2008

1996-1998 Takemi Fellow W. Indralal De Silva has been elected as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.