Takemi Program Statement

The Takemi Program in International Health has been committed to building the capacities of mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) since our inception in 1983. In most cases, Takemi Fellows have focused on LMICs, but some have addressed challenges in high-income countries. In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic and many egregious instances of police brutality have highlighted systemic racism in the United States, disproportionately affecting the Black community especially, and endangering all minorities. The Takemi Program denounces racism in all its forms. As we reflect on the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other African Americans, we note that racism, discrimination, and marginalization exist in many different forms in all countries. We would like to clarify that research investigating the legacies of slavery, segregation, colonialism, and other forms of structural racism and discrimination are within the purview of the Takemi Program and the work of our Fellows. We welcome proposals exploring issues relevant to African Americans and other minorities in the United States and in other countries.