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Ending preventable deaths and disability through Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is at the center of the World Bank’s strategy for health, nutrition and population. These days, the international community recognizes the importance of understanding and addressing the constantly emerging new issues and gaps in health systems in a timely manner.
To respond to increasing need, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), as a key knowledge hub of the World Bank Group, launched a new global health knowledge program “Emerging Issues in UHC” in October, 2013. The program aims at providing timely updates, a platform for knowledge sharing and communication/collaboration, on emerging issues in UHC, utilizing comparative advantages and strengths of TDLC which enable timely dissemination and mass reach-out.
The program utilizes current technologies in delivering these programs, including online video clips, video conferencing, and other distance learning modalities. Along with the technology, utilizing global knowledge sharing networks such as the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) brings together key global and local stakeholders such as policy makers, the World Bank Group, the United Nations system, academia, civil society organizations, and health practitioners.
From 2013 to 2015, TDLC focuses on “Disability and Development” and “Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being” both of which are getting increased attention in the discussion around the Post-2015 development agenda, with special attention to health in emergency settings and disaster-risk management.
For a more specifically defined list of programs, please view these subcategories:
The World Bank in commemoration of the launch of the Phase III of the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) partnership will host the first annual International Conference on Sustainable Development through “Quality Infrastructure” on January 20-21, 2016.
One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. Including persons with disabilities and expanding equitable opportunities is at the core of World Bank Group’s work on social inclusion and building inclusive communities. During a recent event at the World Bank, Victor Pineda, President of World Enabled, presented a framework that supports the implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In this short video, he highlights key aspects of the framework, and specifies evaluative criteria that can be used by development practitioners who want to design and implement projects that are inclusive of people with disabilities.
During and after disasters, people experience mental and psychosocial distress, and this plays a key role in determining their quality of life, resilience and the success of their preparedness, recovery and ability to reconstruct.
Though, mental well-being and disability have long been neglected or forgotten in disaster risk reduction policies and programs, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 included mental health and psychosocial well-being as a key priority.
This distance knowledge sharing program will provide an opportunity to learn about global updates as well as experiences in the Philippines, through web/VC-based lectures and discussions.
In close partnership with WHO, together with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host the fourth delivery of the psychological first aid (PFA) orientation for health and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific on June 19, 2015.
This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis
The World Bank Group will co-organize a public forum “Taking Action towards a Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and its Implementation” with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) among other global partners on March 15, 2015
In recent years, the world has seen many animal infectious disease epidemics such as avian flu, H1N1, and BSE. Animal disease epidemics threaten not only animal lives, but also the environment, agriculture, the economy, food security, and human health and life. In April, 2010, Miyazaki prefecture experienced an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, but it was successfully contained in about 4 months. TDLC created a video introducing the lessons learned from responding to the epidemic in collaboration with the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, Japan’s National Center for Neurology and Psychiatry and Rakuno Gakuen University with contributions by the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Miyazaki Prefectural Government.
Tokyo Development Learning Center, the World Bank together with the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health presents knowledge sharing seminar to focus on country case studies, including good practices and lessons learned.
For this session, we will focus on Malaysia’ case, having Dr.Nurashikin Ibrahim, Ministry of Health, Malaysia and Dr.Andrew Mohan Raj, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Perdana University as speakers.
This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Suicide Prevention: How to Address One Million Deaths a Year, Toward the World Suicide Report
Co-organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, a panel discussion will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.
On November 28, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan, UNU in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and the National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health, Japan, will organize a public forum “Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability: Promoting Resilience for All”. The forum will explore how to integrate mental well-being and disability issues into disaster risk management, drawing on experiences from Japan and other countries. Speakers from several UN agencies, NGOs and academia discussed this challenge in relation to norms and standards, institutional arrangements, governance and practice. In particular, the event will focus on how the process to formulate a global post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction can incorporate issues of mental well-being and disability.
The United Nations University International Institute of Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability(UNU-ISP), and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in close collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Center (TDLC) and the National Institute of Mental Health, Japan, will organize an expert group meeting on mental well-being, disability and disaster reduction, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 27-28, 2014.