Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook--Born in Japan, Flourishing Around the World

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 20172:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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JAPAN NOW Lecture Series


Lecture Abstract

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook was created in Japan about 69 years ago. Because the MCH Handbook promotes the continuum of maternal and child health care by improving MCH services without high-technology medical equipment, 39 countries and areas have introduced the MCH Handbook in their health programs, Many studies revealed the evidence of the impact of MCH Handbook.

The MCH Handbook is an indispensable tool to crystallize the idea of leaving no one behind. Each country or region has its own culture and customs. We should respect the worth of culture, share good practices and lessons learned, and promote the MCH Handbook for the benefit of larger numbers of population. We hope strongly that the MCH Handbook will contribute to the happy and healthy lives of mothers, children and families around the world!

Biographical Sketch

Dr. NAKAMURA Yasuhide is a Professor of School of Nursing and Rehabilitation, Konan Women’s University and Professor Emeritus of Osaka University. After he graduated from The University of Tokyo, and worked as a pediatrician at Tokyo Metropolitan Hospital, he started global health to encourage maternal and child health in Indonesia as a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expert and to promote refugee health program in UNHCR Pakistan Office. He was a Takemi Fellow in Harvard School of Public Health for international health. He worked 17 years in Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University. He is widely interested in conducting research through interdisciplinary approach in the spirit of fieldworker; Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook Programs in many countries, humanitarian relief for refugees and victims by natural disasters, medical interpreting in hospitals and health care system in Japan. Dr. Nakamura is the president of Japan Association for International Health (JAIH), and the representative of International Society of Volunteer Studies.


Eileen Lam


Yasuhide Nakamura, MD, PhD
Professor, Konan Women's University; Professor Emeritus, Osaka University; President, Japan Association of International Health (JAIH)

Shafi Bhuiyan, MD, MPH, MBA, PhD
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Community Services and The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University; Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of Global Japan


Munk School of Global Affairs


Consulate General of Japan in Toronto

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University

Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University

Faculty of Health, York University


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