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Manami Uehara

Manami Uehara 

Country  Okinawa, Japan
Qualifications Nursing, Public Health Nurse, Midwife, MPH 
Hobby Dancing salsa, traveling, playing with my children
Area of reserach interests Maternal and child health, utilization of women's group in low-resource setting countries, measurement and evaluation 

Personal History 

After recieving a bachloer's degree in Health Sciences at the University of the Ryukyus, I worked as a midwife at a local hospital. Having always been interested in working in the field of maternal and child health globally, I decided to earn master's degree in public health.  I studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Masters in Public Health in 2012. After graduating from UNC, I stayed home and enjoyed raising two children for three years before moving back to Okinawa. While working in the Department of Nursing at the University of the Ryukyus, I met Professor Kobayashi and was inspired by his work to continue my studies and pursue a PhD with a focus on improving maternal and child health in low-resource settings.

Message

Our department has a nice atmosphere, and I learn new things every day through active discussions. We have many opportunities in this department. Through my doctoral course, I want to become a researcher who can ''think globally and act locally''.  
 


Keiji MOCHIDA

Country Japan
Qualifications Master of Public Health and Master of Economics
Hobby Running
Visited countries Thailand, South Sudan, South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Senegal etc.
Interests Social Security & Health Coverage, Health Policy & Economics

Personal History

After studied Social Welfare for my Bachler’s degree, I worked in Thailand to support people living with HIV/AIDS. Completing 2 Master degrees: Public Health and Economics, I have been involved in global health projects, which are supported by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).

Message

Fortunately, I have had chances to be involved in some projects in countries in Asia and Africa, and I encountered a lot of “why?” there. To reach these inquiries, I joined to Department of Global Health, whose policies are “both practical and research perspectives” and “health and well-fare from wide perspectives”. After I learn and graduate from this school, I hope to contribute global health and well-being of people by utilizing my academic knowledge and experience.


Natsuki Yoshida

Country Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Qualification Physician
Hobby looking at sunset at the beach
Visited Countries Thailand,Myanmar,Cambodia,Vietnam,Singapore,Mongolia
Interest maternal and child health,adolescent health,school health,poverty, education

Personal History

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine of the Tsukuba University, I worked as a resident in Tokyo.
Then I returned to Okinawa, I worked as a neonatologist  in the Nanbu Child Medical Center for 4 years.
 

Message

Hello. I started studying global health I had been interested in for some time.
It  is a new challenge for me. I am a beginner but I will do my best.


Yuka Maekawa

高山
Country Tokyo, Japan
Degree Hospital nurse and public health nurse
Hobbies

Sports (snowboarding, distance running, tennis, horseback riding, etc.), travel, music and sanshin (beginner)

Countries visited

Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, United States, Australia and France

Other areas of interest Prevention of nosocomial infections, school health, health policy, and health and medical services for refugees and migrants

Personal History

After graduating from the Okinawa Prefectural College of Nursing, I worked for three years as a surgical nurse at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine. Beginning in 2011, I worked for two years as a representative of the Japan Association for Mae Tao Clinic, supporting health and medical services at the Free Mae Tao Clinic for Myanmar refugees and migrants in Thailand. After that, I traveled through ethnic minority communities in Myanmar where I continued to collect data about the current state of health care for six months before returning to Japan. Through my activities in the field, I wished to acquire more specialized knowledge about global health, so I entered the Department of Global Health in the University of the Ryukyus Graduate School in April 2014. Currently, as I continue my NPO activities, I am pursuing research on health policy for refugees and migrants.

Message

Although I felt sad to be pursuing my studies away from the field overseas, the Department of Global Health provides a sense of being close to the action while you are here in the department. I enjoy each day as I continue to build up my knowledge about global health gained from actual practices.