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VILAY Phoutnalong

Country Lao PDR

Master of Public Health, National Institute of Public health

Major in International Health

Hobby  I love playing football and traveling to country site
Visited Countries I have been to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, China and Switzerland
Interests Malaria and tropical disease prevention and control

Personal History

Sep. 2019, PhD, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Unviersity of the Ryukyus
Oct 2020-, Medical Officer, Center of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology, Ministry of Health, Lao PDR

I graduated at medical university of Lao PDR in 2000, after that I started work at Center of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology under Ministry of Health. The main respond for malaria disease control and prevention and also related with dengue and parasitic diseases control. During working I had many chance to attend on tropical disease control training as well as participate in international conferences. Additionally, I have worked closely with NGOs and international agencies such as WHO, HPA, JICA/SATREP, PSI, USAID and national and local partners to combat the diseases in Lao PDR. 


My willing is try to learn and absorb the value lesson from professors, teachers and colleagues in order to be a scientific researcher in a field of public health.  I believe that the principle and lesson learn that I going to receive from the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan, will be applied to assist in the national malaria control progamme and related diseases control.


Crystal Amiel Estrada

Country Philippines


Clinical Laboratory Scientist
hobby Baking, cooking, reading novels, watching anime

visited countries

Hong Kong
interests Mental health, adolescent health, school health

Personal history

Sep 2019. PhD, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Unviersity of the Ryukyus
Jan 2020: Associate Professor, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines

I worked on the prevention and control of leptospirosis in the Philippines.
Apart from my laboratory work, my duties as a research assistant also entailed going to the field to collect data. I wanted to pursue further studies in the field of global health; hence, I entered the Department of Global Health, University of the Ryukyus.


I just entered the Doctor program this year. I am looking forward to learning not only from the professors and fellow students at the Department of Global Health but also from my experience living in a wonderful foreign country like Japan. I am excited to apply everything that I will learn here in my home country.


Country Lao


Master of Arts, Faculty of Education, National University of Laos
Majoring in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
hobby  I really like football(both watching and play, but I am not well as a player), guitar and Karaoke singing

visited countries

 I have been in South Korea, Hongkong(China), Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
interests During study at Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, I hope to gain my knowledge about public health that provided  by professoinal professors and lecturers here, especially school health education as much as I can. I also hope to improve my research skill and well as Japanese language, know more about Japanese life style, culture and so on...

Personal history

Sep, 2018 PhD; Graduate School of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus
2019-; Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, National University of Lao PDR

After graduated bachelor degree in 2007, I started to work at the Faculty of Education, National University of Laos as a English and Basic computer lecture until now. During  I worked there, I had good opportunity to worked and attended in seminar, workshop, training and international conference with many professors around the world that related educational field. In addition, in the end of 2013, I got big chance to work with Japaneses people in Eco-Health Project as a member (this project supported by Japanese government). This project conducted about school health promotion in Laos.(especially, health check activity and ecohealth education curriculum development in Laos)


After I got graduated here, I hope to use my Knowledge and share experience that I have learned here to promote the important about public  health and health education not only in my country, but in globalize that related to my field. 
I am very proud to be student at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa people are very kind and open to me, especially my Sensei, tutor and classmate they always help me for everything (Arigatoo gozaimasu , ຂອບໃຈຫຼາຍໆເດີ).

Emiri Takahashi

Country Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Degree Pharmacist
Hobbies Movies, yoga, music, skiing and diving
Countries visited New Zealand, Australia, Italy, China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Indonesia, Canada and the United States
Areas of interest Community medicine, education

Personal History

After graduating from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Tokyo University of Science, I worked as a pharmacist in the pharmacy at Gunma University Hospital. I left that position to take up a post as a pharmacist for JOCV at a school for training medical practitioners in Mozambique. After returning to Japan and working as an academic and supervising pharmacist in the offices of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, I assumed a position in the Faculty of Pharmacy at Takasaki University of Health and Welfare where I continue to serve. After graduating from the Graduate School of Public Health at Teikyo University in 2015, I entered the doctoral program at the University of the Ryukyus.


I would like to connect my public health activities as a pharmacist to community health, and pursue research and activities from a community perspective either in Japan or overseas.


Tomomi Takayama

Country Saga Prefecture, Japan
Degree Hospital nurse, public health nurse, midwife and Master’s Degree in Health Science
Hobbies Morning walks, snorkeling, bonfires, playing with children, coffee breaks and smiles
Countries visited Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey, Jordan, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Greece, Britain, United States and China
Other areas of interest Maternal and child health, global health, education

Personal History

Mar 2020: PhD: Graduate School of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus
April 2020-: Instructor, Laboratory of Community Nursing, University of the Ryukyus

After graduating from the Institute of Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine at Saga Medical School, I obtained my midwife license at the Kyushu University’s School of Health Science and then served as a midwife at Kyushu University Hospital. I left this position when I married and became pregnant, but continued to be somewhat active helping out at a maternity clinic and with outpatient midwife care at a general hospital while spending each day taking care of the house and my children in Nagano. During that time, I gave birth to my first and second sons at a midwife clinic. Following my husband’s work transfer, I moved to Tokyo and Okinawa. It was in Okinawa that I gave birth to my third son at home. When my third son turned one, I entered the master’s program at the University of the Ryukyus. After graduating in 2014, I continued on into the doctoral program where I pursue research today.


As part of my master’s studies, I researched ligature of the umbilical cord (whether it is better for the baby to cut the umbilical cord right after birth or sometime later). After entering the doctoral program, I returned to global health, which I had been interested in when I was an undergraduate. In our department where we interact about mainly in Japanese, English and Laotian, we put our heads together, laugh and inspire each other every day. If you want to move up a step in your experiences overseas, contribute to society while not only raising your children but also broadening your own world, or tackle poverty in Okinawa, then I’m sure your ideas will take shape as you study and pursue research in this department. I’m looking forward to meeting new entrants to our department.