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[Registration Open] (Hybrid Symposium) Creating a Health System to Withstand Future Crises: Next Steps Toward Enhancing Sustainability and Resilience (May 17, 2022)

[Registration Open] (Hybrid Symposium) Creating a Health System to Withstand Future Crises: Next Steps Toward Enhancing Sustainability and Resilience (May 17, 2022)

Health and Global Policy Institute will host a symposium featuring domestic and global experts to debate health system sustainability and resilience based on lessons learned from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), “Creating a Health System to Withstand Future Crises: Next Steps Toward Enhancing Sustainability and Resilience.” This meeting will be convened both in Tokyo and online.

COVID-19 has given rise to a once-in-a-century health crisis, putting tremendous pressure on health systems around the world, and greatly hindering social and economic activities in every country. In Japan as well, the number of infections has exceeded 7 million, and many policy issues have come to light within the COVID-19 response, including related to data infrastructure, governance, and healthcare delivery. Even before the pandemic, Japan was already facing a number of challenges – not the least of which being the need to reform the health system to better serve Japan’s super-aging population, deal with rising costs, and alleviate social inequality. How should policies intended to respond to these issues change due to the pandemic? How could Japan have better prepared for this crisis? What lessons should it learn from COVID-19 to improve its health system planning in the future?

Japan is not alone in facing questions like these. All around the world, countries are debating their own responses to COVID-19 and what steps they should take moving forward.

Since 2020, the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience (PHSSR) has been working to facilitate such debate, bringing together health system experts to analyze responses to COVID-19 and produce recommendations toward the further strengthening of health system sustainability and resilience. This project, initiated by the London School of Economics (LSE), the World Economic Forum (WEF), and AstraZeneca, provides a global platform for country-specific reports and research on common issues facing health systems around the world.

In Japan, work on this project has been led by Keio University and HGPI. Over the past year, the PHSSR Japan project has gathered health system experts to consider the key issues that arose within Japan’s COVID-19 response, what could have been done better, and how Japan can prepare for a future when health crises like COVID-19 may very well happen again.

On May 17, HGPI will gather a group of health system experts for a symposium to share project findings with the public, debate the reforms Japan needs to strengthen health system resilience and sustainability, and consider concrete next steps toward the achievement of those reforms.




■ Format: In-person and online symposium
*The venue has a limit on the number of people that are able to attend in person. We will admit people who wish to attend in-person on a first-registered, first-served basis.

■ In-person venue: Grand Cube 3F, Otemachi Financial City, Global Business Hub Tokyo, 1-9-2, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

■ Date and Time: May 17, 2022; 17:30-19:00 JST

■ Meeting Language: Simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation will be provided at this event

■ Participation fee: Free


17:30-17:40 – Welcome and Introduction
Matt McEnany (Senior Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute)

17:40-17:50 – Opening Remarks
Keizo Takemi (Member of the House of Councillors)

17:50-18:00 – Presentation 1: Common Challenges in COVID-19 Responses Across the World – Lessons from the PHSSR Project Thus Far
Kelly McCain (Head, Healthcare Initiatives, World Economic Forum)

18:00-18:10 – Presentation 2: A Common Challenge Across the Health System – The Need to Promote Health Data Use
Hiroaki Miyata (Professor, Keio University)

18:10-19:00 – Panel Discussion / Q&A
Hiroaki Miyata (Professor, Keio University)
Yasuhiro Suzuki (President, International University of Health and Welfare; Former Chief Medical and Global Health Officer, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
Takuko Sawada (Director of the Board, Executive Vice President, Shionogi & Co., Ltd.)
Naomi Sakurai (President, Cancer Solutions Co., Ltd)

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