20 Health care professionals from developing countries visit IVI as part of KIHASA Training Program
On September 4, a group of 20 health care professionals from around the world visited IVI as part of the Healthcare Policy and Program Management Program coordinated by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA) and supported by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The participants, hailing from countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste, heard brief presentations by IVI’s Director-General Dr. Christian Loucq and research scientists Dr. Florian Marks and Dr. Leon Ochiai who talked about IVI’s typhoid programs in Asia and Africa and IVI’s capacity-building program in North Korea. They also had some time for discussion, as well as a tour of IVI’s laboratory facilities.
KIHASA is a national policy-oriented health and social affairs research institute under the Prime Minister’s Office. It was founded in 1971 and engages in policy research on healthcare, social security, social welfare, and social policy. This health systems capacity building and training program was organized as part of its international cooperation projects to promote open exchange of ideas, experiences and information on health and welfare among policymakers around the world.