Activities Overseas

the special issue of School Health Promotion in Japan and its Contribution to Asia at Pediatrics Internatioanl

We are pleased to inform you that a special page for the special issue of School Health Promotion in Japan and its Contribution to Asia at Pediatrics Internatioanl has been opened.
More than 10 papers were posted by members of the Japanese Consortium for Global School Health Research.

Please take a look.

The seminar report of 4th "Dietary Habits in Japan and Developing countries"

Reporting day:2021/ 05/26/
Reporter:Yuko Teshima

The 4th study session was held exclusively for members of the Japanese Consortium for Global School Health Research.
At the 4th study session, Dr. Mika Kigawa from Kanagawa University of Human Services gave a lecture on "dietary habits in Japan and developing countries".
She talked about the changes in Japanese dietary habits and the nutritional approach that was revealed from field surveys in developing countries, using abundant examples.
We realized that nutrition improvement was not straightforward.
Since the way of thinking and customs about food that can be used differ depending on the country or region and the ethnic groups, nutrition specialists with a lot of field experience should observe the people and eating habits of the region.
The content of this lecture has been uploaded to YouTube and is open to members only.
This study session is a valuable opportunity to hear from professional teachers.
You can get the information about the lectures from the mailing list for members.
If you are interested, please join us.


The seminar report of 3rd "Comprehensive Sexuality Education" presented by Professor Beverley Yamamoto

Reporting day: 2021/4/2/
Reporter: Fumiko Shibuya

The Japanese Consortium for Global School Health Research (JC-GSHR) has many professionals with a wealth of experience in the field of international school health.
We invite professionals specializing in each field as lecturers on topics of interest in the international school health, and hold seminar for members.
At the 3rd seminar, Professor Beverly Yamamoto of the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University gave the lecture on "Comprehensive Sexuality Education".
Professor Beverly taught us regarding the Comprehensive Sexuality Education advocated by UNESCO, the approach to human rights, and the current state of sex education in Japan.
In the question-and-answer session, we discussed how to teach sex education, protection of human rights, and challenging issues related to sex education.
The content of this lecture has been uploaded to YouTube and is open to members only.
This seminar is a valuable opportunity to learn from professionals of JC-GSHR.
We hold seminars on a regular basis.
If you are interested in the special seminar, we look forward to your participation.
Thank you so much.


Seminar report on “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene”

Reporting day: 2020/3/3/
Reporter: Marie Ueno

Japanese Consortium Global School Health and Research (JC-GSHR) has been organizing an online seminar since last year. The aim of the online seminar is to provide the opportunity for members of JC-GSHR to learn various topics in Global School Health.

An online seminar on “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene” was held on the 2nd of March,2021. This seminar was delivered by Dr. Elli Sugita from Osaka university, Global UNESCO Chair in Global Health and Education.
The contents of the seminar were as follows,
-Fresh water – A limited resource
-3 major water problems
-Waterborne diseases
  -The importance of WASH
  -WASH strategies   etc.
The online seminar is delivered in an interactive way with question-and-answer session allowing all participants to join and understand well about the topic.

If you’re interested in joining our online seminar, please feel free to contact us.


Global Symposium “School Health as we confront COVID-19 in Asia”

Reporting day: 2020/11/20/
Reporter: Rie Ogasawara/Elli Sugita

The Joint Congress on Global Health 2020 (GH2020) was held November 1-3, 2020. This congress was the first in Japan to unite the four different academic societies; 1) Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine, 2) Japan Association for International Health, 3) Japanese Society of Travel and Health, and 4) International Society of Clinical Medicine. 

“Campur”, which means “mixing with each other” in Indonesian, was the motto of this joint Congress with the goal to promote integration and collaboration among disciplines, cultures and people.

Unfortunately, we could not have the onsite conference in Osaka due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and it was shifted to a virtual conference.  

JC-GSHR, in collaboration with Osaka University UNESCO Chair in “Global Health and Education,” organized a global symposium at the GH2020.

The title was….

School Health as we confront COVID-19 in Asia
~What we learned and where do we go from here?~

The symposium focused on school health during the COVID-19 pandemic among seven Asian countries (Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Nepal and the Philippines). All these seven countries are located in Asia, but the prevalence of COVID-19 in the region varies greatly. School closures followed by school re-openings have occurred in many countries, but “how” and “when” varied greatly as well. The aim of this symposium was to better understand the roles and responsibilities of schools under, with and after COVID-19. Each speaker made excellent presentations outlining the situation in their country, the impact of COVID-19 on schools, and school health.

We were honestly disappointed that we could not meet in person and have lively discussions in Osaka, but we promised to meet with a smile in Osaka in 2021 and closed the symposium successfully.

Sports events in the Japanese school system

Reporting day: 2020/ 11/ 1
Reporter: Takeshi Akiyama (Nagano College of Nursing)

I published a review article “Undokai and sports events in the Japanese school system” in the special issue of Pediatrics International, “School Health Promotion in Japan and its Contribution to Asia and Africa.”
This article covers sports events in Japanese schools, including Undokai. Undokai has a unique style developed during the time of modernization in Japan. The history and role of sports events were described in this article. Furthermore, the importance of sports events was discussed not only in the context of Japan but also worldwide.

These photos are a sports event of in the Philippines. 


Report on school health education activities in the Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur

Reporting day:  2020/10 /12 
Reporter: Mayu Aoyama
My name is Mayu Aoyama. I work in the Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur as a secondary “Yogo Teacher (school nurse)”.
  In Malaysia, the MCO (Movement Control Order) was issued in March 2020 in response  to the coronavirus pandemic. All schools were closed during the MCO. In July, schools reopened strictly adhering to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.
I would like to report on school health activities during the MCO, and, when the school reopened. 
When the MCO was issued, there were four main initiatives:
(1) Opening of an online counseling room relating to health counseling activities.
(2) Health observation by Google Form.
(3) School morning assembly on YouTube, and health and physical education classes on ZOOM.
(4) Preparation of a new coronavirus infection control manual for the Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur. This is based on the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) that the school is enforcing  following the Ministry of Education of Malaysia’s guidelines.
When school resumed, we continued to try to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in the following ways:
- Checking of body temperature of everyone who enters the school.
- Compulsory use of hand sanitizer when entering the school. Sanitizers are also provided in all classrooms and strategic locations for use.
- Zoning of the school nurses’ office
- Creating informative videos.
In the future, I would like to continue to collaborate with faculty members and parents, 
to devise effective methods for preventing the spread of infectious diseases. This would be through collaboration with the expertise of school nurses.

health education using ZOOM

Even field trip and health checkup, we are conscious of preventing infectious diseases.

Even field trip and health checkup, we are conscious of preventing infectious diseases.


Publication of Ecohealth education in Lao PDR

Reporting day:  2020/ 10 / 01/    (Year)(Month)(Day)
Reporter: Sachi Tomokawa
A study on” Introducing Ecohealth education in a Teacher Training Institute in Lao PDR: a case study" was accepted.
This paper argues the effectiveness of Ecohealth education for improving the quality of health and environmental education and for achieving sustainable development in developing countries.

To illustrate the need for Ecohealth education, we review the transitions in health education, environmental education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in various developing countries.
Moreover, we discuss issues relating to these disciplines and consider the possible roles that Ecohealth education can play.
Then, drawing on a case study conducted in Lao PDR, we propose a concrete example of the teaching content of Ecohealth education.

We conclude that Ecohealth education can embody the concepts of ESD with respect to health and environmental issues, and thus can contribute to improvements in the quality of health and environmental education, and of ESD. In addition, we propose the following five actions for implementing Ecohealth education in developing countries:
(i) promote research based on the approaches of public health and anthropology, and develop teaching materials that use the research results,
(ii) empower school-aged children,
(iii) encourage the active involvement and sharing of problems among communities,
(iv) strengthen participatory teaching and learning methodology and
(v) build a training system and train relevant teachers.

Introducing Ecohealth education in a Teacher Training Institute in Lao PDR: a case study

Report on School Health Education Program(SHEP) activities in Ghana 

Reporting day:  2020/ 09 / 10/    (Year)(Month)(Day)
Reporter: Marie Ueno

My name is Marie Ueno. I am a member of the JC-GSHR office. I have lived in Ghana from 2017 to 2019 as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer. I was dispatched as a school health volunteer to Ada East district Education Office in Greater Accra region, Ghana.
I cooperated with the School Health Education Program(SHEP) coordinator to promote school health activities at schools in the district. One of the activities I focused on was making a “health song” in their local language. While I went around schools, I felt that they struggled with the lack of health education among children, teachers, and parents. My co-worker and I decided to create health songs related to the local’s daily life that provide them with knowledge and technical skills.
We wrote 8 songs that highlight important health topics, including personal hygiene, hand washing, clean environment, water sanitation, prevention of Malaria, nutrition, dental health, first aid and so on. After composing the songs, we made them into books and distributed them to every school in the district. 
After the distribution, many teachers used the book as teaching material to teach children about each health during the morning assembly. In addition to this, I found that one of the teachers made good use of the health songs book. She used the book as teaching material in the local language class. Thus, I realized that even if there is not enough time to introduce health education in the curium, we can create more opportunities for children to learn about health and hygiene.

Health Songs book                                        Hand washing / Food Handling song

Health education in elementary school                               Health talk at local radio station

Health sons book used as a teaching material in local language class


Why are there so few bullies in Indonesia?

Reporting day: 2020/08/13/  
Reporter: Jun Kobayashi

At present, the increasing the number of suicides in adolescents is a global public health issue. The number of suicides in adults has been decreasing in Japan, while it is increasing in adolescence. As one of the reasons behind this, the problem of bullying cannot be ignored. Furthermore, it can be said that the problem of “Cyber bullying” is becoming more serious problem together qualitatively quantitatively.

On the other hand, the lower suicide rates is shown in Indonesia. Moreover, bulling case was the lower number among Southeast Asian countries according to the Global School-Based Survey. A team of Department of Global Health, University of the Ryukyus, Japan and School of Medicine, Mataram University in Lombok, Indonesia, started a study to clarify the question; "Why does Indonesian have so much bullying?",

As a result of this study, it was found that the curriculum includes religious education and moral education that respects multi-ethnic and other religions, which effectively prevents bullying. Furthermore, it was suggested that cultural event in school as extracurricular activities also had an effect as extracurricular activities.

We believe that these results will be useful for formulating the strategy to prevent bulling among countries such as Japan, where bullying is becoming more serious.
 This manuscript is in review process in “Special Issue in Pediatrics International; School Health Promotion in Japan and Its Contribution to Asia and Africa”