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John Thumbiko Kaunda

Country Malawi
Qualification Medical Laboratory Technologist
Hobby Travelling, Listening to Music, Watching and Playing Basketball, Football and Volley Ball
Visited Countries Zambia, Tanzania and Japan
Interests Epidemiology and Disease Control, Research

Personal History

I have worked for Malawi ministry of health at Mzuzu Central Hospital as a Laboratory Technologist as the head of the department for Molecular laboratory for 12 years. In 2019, I started work at Partners in Hope as HIV/AIDS Testing and Linkage Services as a program coordinator. My main responsibilities were; Program planning, monitoring and evaluation of key program indicators and HIV testing services supply chain management, 
During my work, I have gained tremendous skills in project cycle management, leadership, supervision and mentorship.


Malawi and its neighbouring countries are still being menaced by infectious diseases, largely due to poor sanitation; refuse, sewage and drainage systems, poor food and personal hygiene and less vibrant health promotion activities. I believe that by studying at the University of the Ryukyus, I will not only gain knowledge and skills in global health management, but I will also be exposed to a world-class scientist in the field of research and healthcare.

Hinako Oiwake


Chiba, Japan


Nursing, Public Health Nurse


Traveling, watching & playing basketball, taking photo, going to museum, eating, loving dogs

Visited countries

Indonesia(Bali), South Korea, Australia, Thailand, France, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Poland, Philippines, Danmark, Singapore, Tanzaia, Taiwan


Preventive medicine, palliative care for heart failure, education, self-efficacy, critical thinking, mental health, work-life balance, home and remote rural health care & welfare, support for foreign residents, disaster nursing

Other areas
of interest

Cuba, Vietnam, Georgia, Peru, Iran, Africa in general, the Netherlands


Personal history

 After graduating from the University of the Ryukyus, I'd worked in Ryukyu University for 5 years. Then I also worked in a nursing homes, our university and a nursing school (teaching only clinical training), and a visiting nursing stations.


 "Look out into the wide world. And think by yourself." It's a line from one of my favorite  movie. I think this is the origin of my curiosity. Although I don't have any work experience abroad, I became interested in international health through my encounters with foreign patients as a nurse and learning about people's lives and medical care overseas. I want to enjoy everything and do my best.


Fumiko Shibuya

Country Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
Qualifications Nurse
Hobby traveling
Visited countries BurkinaFaso, Morocco, Marshall Islands,Thailand, Korea etc.
Interests School health, Sexuality education, Adolescent health, health policy 

Personal History

After graduating from the Nihon University Nursing School, I worked at the medical emergency center in the Nihon University Itabashi Hospital for 6 years.
I did school health activities as a JICA Volunteer in BurkinaFaso.
After that, I worked at the Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Gastroenterology ward in the Sado general hospital.
In April 2020, I entered the Deparment of Global Health in the University of the Ryukyu as a Master course student.


I had the issue of my activities and the interest of the Global health during my school health activities in BurkinaFaso.
I thought that I want to learn technical about the school health of the developing countries, so I entered this class.
I hope to get experience through practice in the field of the developing countries.