Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
Target1: Young health workers (doctors, nurses, etc.) interested in working in the field of both community health and global health
Target2: Rural hospitals (Japanese rural hospitals interested in global health and suffering from lack of health care personnel)
Target3: People in and outside Japan, who cannot receive the benefit of health care services
To solve the health related problems in developing countries, the health care crisis in Japanese rural areas, and the problem of the lack of established career pathways for the young health worker wishing to work in the field of global health, at the same time, SANTE’s activity designed for the upper mentioned three communities as targets.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
“I want to work in places where I can feel they really need me!”The feeling I had deep inside my heart since I first decided to become a doctor grew bigger and bigger as I came across suffering children in Asia and Africa, the countries I visited as a bag packer as a university student.
After I became a doctor, I learnt community medicine in Nagano prefecture, thinking that I would like to work in rural areas, where there are fewer doctors and more needs. Through the work, I strongly felt the similarity of community health and global health in that we have to think about how to provide the very best medical service for the people living there within the restriction of limited medical resources. I also found that there are not a few doctors and nurses thinking that they want to contribute to the improvement of global health, but at the same time being at a loss since they do not know how to build their career from there standing point of community health. The problem was that there were no established career pathways to jump from the field of community health to global health. How can they develop their skills and find jobs in developing countries? “If there was an organization which could support them, we can provide the people in developing countries with better health care services and the number of doctors/nurses working in rural areas in Japan should also increase.” This is why we decide to start this project.