During a visit to Japan in June this year (Khordad), the Vice-Minister of Health and Medical Education, Chairman of Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences and their accompanying team met with senior managers of JICA and along with paying visits to some educational and health centers of the country, they discussed ways of reinforcing mutual cooperation of the two countries in the health sector.
In a meeting with the Japanese Deputy Minister of Health, welfare and labor, the Vice-Chancellor in treatment affairs of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education appreciated the Japanese government’s past contribution to national projects such as the Comprehensive Scheme to Reduce Air Pollution in Tehran, Improving the Air Quality Scheme and the Reviving and Preservation Scheme for Pastures and Jungles. He further affirmed: “we hope that the effective achievements of the past cooperation between the two countries will extend to and reinforce a mutual cooperation in the health sector and repeat the same achievements in this sector as well”.
In this meeting, the senior representative of JICA also welcomed a consistent cooperation between the two countries and emphasized on a need to reinforce it.
“JICA is trying to solve problems through development programs” he added. A development program is one in which people facing problems are encouraged to comprehend the problem and through enjoying this activity they can contribute to solving the problem. The major role of JICA is to support this dynamic system, which includes on-the-job trainings, evaluating and monitoring activities, improving plans to exploit the outcomes of different management committees and conducting mid-session and end-of-session studies.
During this meeting, after listing health reformation schemes in Iran, Dr. Haji Aghajani, Vice-Chancellor in treatment affairs of the ministry of Health and Medical Education, explained the improvement plans for health center hoteling, regarding the indicators of the health system reformation in Iran. He then emphasized on long-term cooperation of the two countries in the health sector.
Also, mentioning the recent visit to the research center by JICA international institute’s representatives, Dr. Farzadfar, Chairman of the Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, explained current research schemes and plans of the center and asked for necessary cooperation in creating mutual schemes as the attitudes to the presented schemes have been positive.
JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) is a Japanese independent governmental organization, which helps the Japanese government and other developing countries in their development programs. JICA tries to fight problems through development programs in which people facing problems are encouraged to comprehend the problem and through enjoying this process, they can contribute to solving the problem.