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Short Version of The Last Mile: On the Road to Eliminate Leprosy Produced [2022年05月31日(Tue)]
The Nippon Foundation has made a six-minute short film based on the documentary “The Last Mile: On the Road to Eliminate Leprosy,” an account of my more than 40-year battle to eliminate leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, and the discrimination and stigma associated with it.

Available in four languages−English, Japanese, French and Portuguese−it features highlights from the 104-minute original documentary, which followed me to 50 locations in 20 countries as I travelled in my capacity as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination.

It showcases meetings I had over the years with people affected by leprosy to learn about their lives and familiarize myself with their concerns as well as with world leaders to seek their political commitment to leprosy elimination. It includes my brief encounter with Pope Francis, when I requested that he refrain from using the word “leprosy” in a discriminatory manner.

I sincerely hope the short film will be seen by many people, create greater awareness and resolve the misunderstanding and fear that linger around leprosy to ensure that those affected by the disease are able to lead their lives free from discrimination.

The short film can be seen here:

English / Japanese / French / Portuguese
Posted by Y.Sasakawa at 14:02 | LEPROSY | URL | comment(0)
The Nippon Foundation Human Milk Bank Established to Save the Lives of Preterm Infants [2022年05月28日(Sat)]
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Speaking at a press conference on March 16, 2022, to announce the establishment of The Nippon Foundation Human Milk Bank.


The Nippon Foundation Human Milk Bank has been established in Tokyo to save the lives and contribute to the healthy growth of preterm or very low birth weight (VLBW) infants weighing less than 1,500 grams.

The milk bank went into operation on April 1 by collecting donor human milk from mothers who produce more than their babies need. It then pasteurizes and stores the milk in medical freezers and provides it upon request to preterm or VLBW infants hospitalized in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

This is the second such milk bank in Japan following the one run by the Japan Human Milk Bank Association. Worldwide, there are more than 750 milk banks in 50 countries, and some countries have even incorporated them into their national health care systems.

In Japan, about 7,000 preterm or VLBW infants are born every year. Of these, an estimated 5,000 babies are said to need donor breast milk.

The Nippon Foundation Human Milk Bank aims to secure a constant supply of more than 5,000 liters of appropriately pasteurized donor milk−the amount required to help meet the annual needs of those 5,000 babies in Japan together with the Japan Human Milk Bank Association.

It also measures and analyzes the nutritional value of donor milk and the amount of biologically active substances that are effective for tube feeding those infants, thereby trying to establish a research system that can provide tailor-made best-match donor milk for each recipient. When realized, it will be a world first.

Premature babies often cannot get breast milk from their mothers. In such cases, donor milk is used to bridge the gap until infants can breastfeed.

Nowadays, premature babies weighing less than 1,000 grams at birth can be saved. Donor milk plays a role in helping to develop the intestines of preterm or VLBW infants and enables the babies to mature as quickly as possible and ensure that they grow up healthy. Breast milk feeding can increase the immunity of premature infants and significantly reduce the incidence of the severe gut disorder called necrotizing enterocolitis, a leading cause of death in premature babies along with chronic lung disease and retinopathy of prematurity.

At a press conference to announce the inauguration of The Nippon Foundation Human Milk Bank on March16, its president Katsumi Mizuno, who is also a professor at Showa University's School of Medicine, said he welcomed the establishment of the new milk bank, noting there have been cases in the past in which donors wanting to register with the Japan Human Milk Bank Association had to be turned away due to a lack of storage capacity.

“We need more hospitals and clinics to work with the human milk bank to handle donor milk. I want everyone to know that donated milk can help reduce the risk of low birth weight babies becoming seriously ill,” he said.

Mr. Takumi Nemoto, former Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare and currently chairman of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, said: “Getting to know the activities of Professor Mizuno, I strongly felt as a statesman the importance of supporting the human milk bank. I am hopeful that it will tackle a crisis in pediatrics we are facing in our country.”

In my remarks, I said that The Nippon Foundation has undertaken various projects supporting children, upon whom the future of the country depends, adding: “This human milk bank is one such signature project that we are pushing ahead with”

There are about 250 hospitals across Japan that can take in preterm or VLBW infants to be hospitalized in NICUs. But I learned that donor milk has so far been delivered to only 50 of them due mainly to the lack of hospitals that register donors and handle donated milk.

I sincerely hope that the establishment of the milk bank will encourage more mothers to be interested in donating their breast milk and more hospitals and clinics to deliver such donated milk to save those vulnerable premature infants.


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At a press conference on March 16, 2022, to announce the establishment of The Nippon Foundation Human Milk Bank. From left, the author, the milk bank’s president Katsumi Mizuno, its senior researcher Miori Tanaka, its midwife Satomi Hitomi, its executive director Mari Tanaka, and Mr. Takumi Nemoto, former Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.


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The exterior of The Nippon Foundation Human Milk Bank.


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The human milk bank room is capable of storing more than 5,000 liters of adequately pasteurized donor breast milk, making it the largest such facility in Japan.


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The human milk laboratory aims at establishing a research system that can provide tailor-made best-match donor milk to each recipient for the first time in the world.


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The lounge where midwives brief prospective milk donors on how to register and give guidance on milking properly.
Posted by Y.Sasakawa at 06:27 | ENHANCING COMMUNITIES | URL | comment(0)
Commending Palau for Co-hosting 7th Our Ocean Conference with the U.S. [2022年05月18日(Wed)]
Palau and the United States co-hosted the seventh Our Ocean Conference in Koror, the largest city in the small Pacific island republic, on April 13-14. Titled “Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity,” the event highlighted the importance of a healthy ocean to small island developing states−and to all communities where the ocean is a primary source of sustenance.

The conference brought together representatives of governments and non-state actors−including the private sector, intergovernmental organizations, academia, and NGOs−to commit to concrete action to advance ocean issues, including ocean-climate issues.

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, I chose to stay in Tokyo and sent a video message to the event as chairman of The Nippon Foundation. Also sending video messages were U.S. President Joe Biden, Britain’s Prince Charles, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and former U.S. President Barak Obama.

In my message, I praised the outstanding leadership of Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. for co-hosting the event−the first to be held in a small island developing state−together with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

“In the past, these global ocean issues were handled mainly by the big powers. But, to our delight, the Republic of Palau, one of the first island nations to be affected by the worsening ocean environment, has now been asserting significant leadership.

“It is Palau that has proposed extraordinary ideas such as the development of a sustainable blue economy and the creation of a marine sanctuary for the preservation of the ocean and now hosts the seventh Our Ocean Conference. I am very happy to see that the presence of Palau is gaining importance in the world.”

The Nippon Foundation has provided Palau with some 8.5 billion yen (about $ 65 million) worth of assistance mainly to help the Pacific island republic manage its marine sanctuary and beef up ocean national security. Our assistance includes helping train coast guard personnel and donating a 40-meter coast guard boat, the PSS Kedam.

I was told that President Whipps in his opening speech expressed his gratitude to The Nippon Foundation and our partner organization, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, for our assistance to the republic in addressing ocean issues.

The Our Ocean Conference was started in Washington in June 2014 by then U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and held every year−in Chile in 2015, the United States in 2016, Malta in 2017, Indonesia in 2018, and Norway in 2019−until it was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Next year, it will take place in Panama.

The discussion has focused on six main themes−advancing marine protected areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, combating climate change, confronting marine pollution, creating sustainable blue economies, and achieving a safe and secure ocean.

The seventh Our Ocean Conference concluded with 410 commitments worth $16.35 billion across the issue areas of the meeting, according to the U.S. State Department.

The text of my video message to the seventh Our Ocean Conference can be seen here.
Posted by Y.Sasakawa at 16:09 | OCEAN | URL | comment(0)
Leaving on 2-Week Trip to Malaysia, East Timor, Switzerland, Poland [2022年05月17日(Tue)]
I left Narita International Airport east of Tokyo on May 16 on a two-week, four-nation tour that will take me to Malaysia, East Timor, Switzerland and Poland.

On May 17 in Malaysia, I will meet with former deputy prime minister Anwar bin Ibrahim and other current and past government and party leaders.

In East Timor, I will attend the May 19 inaugural ceremony of Mr. Jose Ramos-Horta, an old friend of mine, who will be sworn in as president of the Southeast Asian nation.

Previously the head of state from 2007 until 2012, he won the second round of voting of the presidential election on April 19 by defeating incumbent Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres. Mr. Ramos-Horta was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for his efforts to bring a peaceful resolution to a guerrilla war in East Timor waged against Indonesia after it annexed the former Portuguese colony by force in 1975. I look forward to meeting with him personally while I am there.

I will then fly on to Geneva to attend the 75th World Health Assembly−the WHO’s decision-making body−in my capacity as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. In the Swiss city, I will meet May 23-24 separately with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the health ministers of various member states as well as Ambassador Kazuyuki Yamazaki of the Japanese Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva.

On May 25 in Poland, I will visit areas near the border with Ukraine to see firsthand the situation surrounding Ukrainians displaced by the continued Russian military attacks. The following day, I will also meet with representatives of Jagiellonian University, the country’s oldest university established in 1364, as well as international NGOs and other partners to discuss how best to push ahead with the foundation’s project to support Ukrainians with disabilities amid the conflict.

In the two-tier initiative, the foundation has provided Access Israel, an Israeli NGO, with about 290 million yen (about $2.25 million) to support its activities to help Ukrainians with disabilities flee their war-torn homeland. We are also dispatching more than 100 Japanese student volunteers to countries neighboring Ukraine to support Ukrainians with disabilities who have fled their country, through distribution of medical supplies, food and other daily necessities.

I will return to Geneva where on May 27 I will present the Sasakawa Health Prize, which was established at the WHO by my late father, Ryoichi Sasakawa, to recognize notable advances made in the promotion of primary health care throughout the world.

I arrive back in Japan on May 29.
Posted by Y.Sasakawa at 12:00 | FORGING GLOBAL TIES | URL | comment(0)
Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Scholarship Launched to Nurture 100 Nurses with Global Perspective [2022年05月11日(Wed)]
The Nippon Foundation and its partner organization, the Sasakawa Health Foundation, have launched the Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Scholarship to support 100 Japanese graduate students over the next 10 years, who gain admission to topnotch nursing universities in the United State and Canada.

The 2.8 billion-yen (about $21.5 million) program is aimed at nurturing nurses with a global perspective and leadership skills who can contribute to the future of community healthcare in a post-COVID-19 Japan.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants are first required to enroll in the Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Program, which features online lectures and monthly reporting requirements. They will also have periodic meetings with reviewers to fully understand the objective, mission and the responsibilities of this scholarship program.

Within the first three years of being accepted into the nursing fellow program, grantees must obtain admission to any of the prestigious universities in North America which are ranked among the world’s top 10 in the fields of public health, nursing, and health science which includes life sciences and medicine, epidemiology, and population movements.

The program will award nursing students a scholarship of up to 13.2 million yen (about $101,000) a year, including tuition, rent, insurance, travel expenses for one round trip to Japan, and living expenses (100,000 yen or about $766 a month), for two years for a master’s degree student and three years for a doctoral student.

Today, it is important that nurses have a good awareness and understanding of issues relating to social justice, human rights, affirmative action and resource allocation.

Raising their competence to tackle these issues enables nurses to practice ethical nursing and contributes to improving the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations locally, nationally, and globally.

In addition, nurses must immerse themselves in diverse cultures, which will help them understand how to respect different opinions and how to be leaders. Through this opportunity, fellows cultivate their ability to incorporate scientific methods into a practical setting.

These are grants, not student loans, so they do not need to be repaid. I sincerely hope that the Sasakawa nursing fellows will deepen their knowledge, enhance their critical-thinking skills and develop their policy-making abilities through graduate studies at prestigious universities in the United States and Canada, and afterwards integrate what they have studied into their work to contribute to society, find solutions to social injustice and stand up to adversity.

The followings are prestigious universities (by category) in the United States and Canada from which applicants must gain admission to qualify for the grants:

(Public Health)
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Washington
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Columbia University
University of Toronto
University of California, San Francisco
Emory University
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of California, Berkeley

(Health Science)
Harvard University
Stanford University
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Yale University
University of Toronto
University of Pennsylvania
University of Washington

(Nursing)
University of Pennsylvania
Johns Hopkins University
University of California, San Francisco
University of Toronto
University of Washington
Yale University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Duke University
McMaster University
University of Washington
New York University
Emory University


World University Rankings are based on the latest data from QS World University Rankings, SHANGHAI RANKING, etc.
Posted by Y.Sasakawa at 21:27 | FORGING GLOBAL TIES | URL | comment(0)
The Nippon Foundation to Send 105 Japanese Volunteers to Poland, Elsewhere to Support Ukrainians with Disabilities (2) [2022年05月09日(Mon)]
At the press conference on April 26 to announce that The Nippon Foundation would be providing humanitarian assistance to persons with disabilities from Ukraine, I said I was pleased that the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on March 24 demanding civilian protection and humanitarian access in Ukraine with a clear mention of “persons with disabilities and older persons”−the point The Nippon Foundation suggested be included in the resolution in line with our goal of creating an inclusive society in which persons with all sorts of disabilities can live and work with dignity. The resolution received 140 votes in favor and five votes against while 38 countries abstained.

Mr. Ichiro Kabasawa, executive director of the foundation, was in Poland earlier in April to lay the groundwork for our assistance. He said Kraków, with a population of less than 800,000, has already taken in some 150,000 Ukrainians who have fled their homes, meaning one in five people living in the city are displaced from Ukraine and thus putting considerable pressure on the local community’s ability to give them access to housing and medical treatment.

I plan to go to Poland on May 25-26 after attending the 75th World Health Assembly−the WHO’s decision-making body−in Geneva, to see firsthand the situation surrounding displaced Ukrainians there and encourage other NGO and international partners to join in our efforts to support those with disabilities.

Out of our network of international partners with whom we have worked before, the foundation has asked former refugees in Macedonia to come to Poland to help prepare for accepting Ukrainians with disabilities. We will also work with Jagiellonian University in Kraków, the country’s oldest university established in 1364. For the last 35 years, the foundation has supported the university under the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) program for its MA and doctoral candidates.

“Our support to date has focused on women and children without disabilities, and we want to offer the same level of support to persons with disabilities. Due to the constantly changing situation there, we want to be flexible in pressing ahead with our aid plans,” I said at the press conference.

“We are dispatching Japanese students because we want them to experience first-hand working with a collection of NGOs from the international community. We believe having young people learn about the current situation in the international community through relief work is very important for Japan’s future.”

I sincerely hope that the foundation’s close partnership with Access Israel, Jagiellonian University, former Macedonian refugees and others will make a real difference in effectively helping Ukrainians with disabilities safely flee their country and live in peace until such time that they are able to return.

Our support for Ukrainians with disabilities is the second phase of the foundation’s assistance to Ukrainian people. On March 28, The Nippon Foundation announced humanitarian assistance totaling 5.08 billion yen (about $39 million) to help Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion of their homeland come to Japan−3.55 billion yen (about $27.3 million) earmarked for their travel and living expenses and 1.53 billion yen (about $11.7 million) for NGOs and other nonprofit organizations working to support their daily lives.
(End)
Posted by Y.Sasakawa at 09:46 | FORGING GLOBAL TIES | URL | comment(0)
The Nippon Foundation to Send 105 Japanese Volunteers to Poland, Elsewhere to Support Ukrainians with Disabilities (1) [2022年05月06日(Fri)]
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Speaking at a press conference on April 26 to announce The Nippon Foundation’s decision to dispatch 105 Japanese student volunteers to support Ukrainians with disabilities who have evacuated to Poland and other neighboring countries.


The continued Russian military attacks against Ukraine have forced more than 5 million Ukrainians to cross borders into neighboring countries and displaced 7 million more inside the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The escalation of the conflict has also left the lives of an estimated 2.7 million Ukrainian persons with disabilities “extremely vulnerable and at grave risk of harm,” warned the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adding: “Many people with disabilities, including children, are trapped or abandoned in their homes, residential care institutions and orphanages, with no access to life-sustaining medications, oxygen supplies, food, water, sanitation, support for daily living and other basic facilities.”

To help these Ukrainians with disabilities, I announced at a press conference on April 26 that The Nippon Foundation will provide humanitarian assistance based on the following two pillars:

First, the foundation will provide Access Israel, an Israeli NGO, with about 290 million yen (about $2.23 million) to support its activities to help Ukrainians with disabilities who have not been able to flee their war-torn homeland.

Arrangements are being made for 10 vehicles to be used by Access Israel for evacuation of persons with disabilities from Ukraine. We will also send medications, clothes and other daily necessities to those with disabilities who cannot physically flee their country.

Furthermore, we will provide temporary shelter and support for daily living for Ukrainians with disabilities who have evacuated to neighboring countries including Poland, Romania, Austria, Moldova, and Slovakia.

Access Israel, which currently has a staff of about 120, was established in 1999 in Israel, a country that has experienced many years of conflict, as an NGO dedicated to promoting accessibility for and inclusion of people with disabilities and the elderly.

Second, the foundation will dispatch 105 Japanese student volunteers to countries neighboring Ukraine to support Ukrainians with disabilities who have fled their country, through distribution of medical supplies, food and other items, management of relief supplies, and dissemination of information.

The volunteers will initially be based in Kraków, Poland, and possibly in Vienna, Austria, and other locations with large numbers of Ukrainian evacuees. They will be sent in seven groups, each consisting of 15 volunteers, for about two weeks each between now and October. The first group is set to leave for Poland on May 30 and come back on June 16 (tentative).

But none of the volunteers will enter Ukraine in accordance with the advisory of the Japanese Foreign Ministry which has raised its travel alert for the European country to the highest level 4, urging all Japanese nationals to avoid traveling there “regardless of purpose.”

The foundation has earmarked about 120 million yen (about $900,000) for their traveling and accommodation expenses.

Our partner organization, the Nippon Foundation Volunteer Center, has started accepting applications for the volunteer mission. Applicants must be Japanese students aged 18 and above, Japanese passport holders and persons able to communicate sufficiently in English. I hope as many Japanese students as possible will apply.

(To be continued)
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