UHC Forum 2017

December 12-15, 2017
Tokyo, Japan

The Universal Health Coverage (UHC) forum aimed to galvanize the health sector, countries, development partners, civil society, and the private sector towards the common goal of UHC. It was jointly organised with the Government of Japan, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and UHC2030.

DNDi co-hosted a side event on NTDs.



Side Event

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): Driving progress towards UHC

Date: Friday, December 15, 2017

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Summary of the event by the Japan NTD Network


Hosting Organisations: Nagasaki University, Uniting to Combat NTDs, St. Luke’s International University, DNDi Japan

Master of ceremoniesDaisuke Imoto, Head of Regional Office, DNDi, Japan


Daisuke Imoto, Head of Regional Office, DNDi, Japan

Shigeru Kohno, President, Nagasaki University, Japan

Keizo Takemi, Member of the House of Councillors, Japan


Panel Discussion 1

Launch of the 5th report of the London Declaration on NTDs, Reaching a billion – Ending NTDs: gateway to UHC

Moderator: Julie Jacobson, Chair of the Stakeholders’ Working Group, Uniting to Combat NTDs

Keynote speaker:

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

In conversation:

  • Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group
  • His Excellency Bahar Idriss Abu Garda, Federal Minister of Health, Sudan
  • Kelly Saldana, Director, Office of Health Systems, USAID
  • Haruo Naito, Representative Corporate Officer and CEO, Eisai Co., Ltd.


  • Mark Suzman, Chief Strategy Officer & President Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Panel Discussion 2

Japanese contribution to NTDs and UHC: Towards launching a Japanese NTD network

Moderator: Hiroyoshi Endo, Professor, St. Luke’s International University, Tokyo, Japan


  • Yasuhiro Suzuki, Chief Medical & Global Health Officer, Vice-Minister for Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan


  • David Molineux. NTDs support centres/Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • BT Slingsby, CEO, Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund
  • Hisakazu Hiraoka, Advisor Human Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Kenji Hirayama, Dean, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University


 Closing Remarks

Kazuyo Ichiomri, Professor, Nagasaki University, Japan



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