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Mr. Cred received Poster Presetation Award in APACPH 2022

The Graduate School of Health Sciences of Ryukyu University has shown a certain role as a member school of the Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health Academia, and graduate students and faculty members have made presentations every year. This year, on September 22-23, 2022, the University of the Philippines School of Public Health, with which the Graduate School of Health Sciences has a long-standing cooperative relationship, hosted the event. Mr. Credo, an international student of the JICA Graduate Cooperation Program and a doctoral student of the Graduate School of Health Sciences, received the third place award for his poster presentation on the results of his research project on maternal and child health in Laos. This was the result of a comprehensive evaluation of the quality of her research, its academic and social significance, and the design of her poster by several reviewers. The title of the presentation is "Sociodemographic and economic inequalities in access to maternal health services in Lao PDR." The study was conducted with co-researchers from the Ministry of Health of Lao PDR, and the results revealed the impact of social and economic inequalities on maternal and child health services in Lao PDR. A paper is currently being prepared for publication in an international journal.

Ms. Chika Sato received the best poster award in 10th NHRF in Lao PDR

Ms. Chika Sato received the best poster award in 10th NHRF in Lao PDR

 Ms Chika Sato recieved the best poster award in Lao National Health Research Forum. She conducted MCH researches and creat evidence the facor to access health facility based deliveling.  Her presentation tiltle is "Factors influencing health facility utilization for delivery among ethnic minority Lao women in the setting of good physical access to health facility: a focused ethnography". Facility based delivery has been promoted toward improvement of maternal and child health program in Lao PDR. Free delivery policy has been conducted Xepon district, Savannakhet Province which is poor and remote district has mountainous area and a lot of ethnic minority groups. Referring to the birth records of the health facilities in Xepon district, it was recorded that only few women who access to health facilities even if they lived along the paved highway.
 She started to work in Lao PDR as local staff in Asia Health Education Foundation for strenghtening MCH program implementation by using these evidence after graduation of Master course in Graduate School of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus.


Study on Mothers’ Perception of Childbirth Experiences in Laos

Conducting Research on Mothers’ Perception of Childbirth Experiences in Rural Agricultural Districts of Laos

Study period: February 21 ~ March 6, 2016
Location: Sepone District, Savannakhet Province, Laos
With the support of the Bureau of International Health Cooperation at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, a study was conducted of mothers’ perceptions of childbirth experiences. Together with the staff of the Laos National Institute of Public Health, Savannakhet Province Public Health Bureau and Sepone District Hospital, 21 villages were visited in Sepone District to conduct questionnaires of mothers.



February 2016 Laos Preliminary Research Report (Azuma)

2016 Laos Preliminary Research Report
For eight days from February 21 to 28, 2016, Associate Professor Nonaka and graduate students Takahashi and Azuma visited Laos as part of the research on “innovative technical research and development through genetic epidemiology aimed at controlling the spread of malaria and key parasitic infestations in Laos (SATREPS).” The purpose of this trip was to explain the study to local cooperating researchers and request their cooperation as well as conduct a preliminary study on site. This report describes the activities conducted and findings.

Descriptions of the study were given to researchers and requests for their cooperation presented at the SATREPS Office at the Pasteur Institute in Vientiane and the Malaria Station in Savannakhet Province, Laos. The cooperating researchers provided advice on improving weak points of the study, which I intend to use to revise and improve my own research.
The preliminary study collected information about malaria from data maintained at each facility, patient records, and questions posed to the staff at the Sepone District Hospital and health centers within Sepone District. This made it possible to learn about each facility, methods that staff employ for controlling malaria as well as problem points, and the current condition of malaria patients.
This trip was a first experience for requesting cooperation on the research and conducting a preliminary study. Coupled with my own insufficient preparation, the work did not proceed as I had hoped, but there were many other things gained. I will be working hard so that the information gained on this trip is put to use in this research project. Also, I once again realized through this trip that it is precisely because of the cooperation of those around me that this study will be able to be conducted. I intend to undertake this research, while never forgetting to return to and thank those who have provided their cooperation. (First-year doctoral candidate Masashi Azuma)


Interview Survey of Maternal and Child Health

Interview Survey of Maternal and Child Health

During a stay in Laos from June to October 2015, surveys were conducted in agricultural villages. With the cooperation of our counterparts, the Laos National Institute of Public Health and local public health bureaus, preparations were advanced to visit villages in the Savannakhet Province, which is in the southern region of Laos, to conduct interviews.
The interviews consisted of posing questions such as “Why did you give birth at home?” and “Did you give birth at a medical facility?” to groups of women who have given birth as well as their families. From the responses, I intend to analyze and examine what sort of factors and processes influenced their choice of birthing place. (Masters candidate Sato)