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Yuka Maekawa

Country Tokyo, Japan
Degree Hospital nurse and public health nurse

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.


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.