Address: 3-1-24 Matsuyama, Kiyose-shi, Tokyo 204-8533 Japan
The Department of International Cooperation was first established in 1998. In 2013, the Department was integrated with the International Tuberculosis Information Centre to establish the Centre for International Cooperation and Global Tuberculosis Information that aimed to facilitate comprehensive international cooperation activities. This Centre consists of two divisions (Human Resource Development and Project Development and Management). We support international cooperation activities mainly for tuberculosis (TB) control in developing countries, in cooperation with other departments of the Institute and with the Department of International Programmes of Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA) headquarters. Our main activities include technical assistance, human resource development, and research for TB control in developing countries. We also engage in the functioning of the Global Tuberculosis Information Centre and collaborate with other international organizations.
The Centre provides technical assistance for improving TB control in developing countries by dispatching TB control experts and providing technical advice. Technical assistance covers a wide range of areas, including planning TB control programmes and evaluating their effects. At a national level, we provide technical assistance through different types of projects, such as those funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and JATA supporting projects. Among our various areas of technical assistance and research activities, we are currently prioritizing technical assistance and the research of measuring TB problems and the impacts of TB control programmes in order to contribute to establishing evidence-based TB control programmes as well as assessing TB control achievements related to global targets, such as MDGs. As the Global TB Information Centre, we collect and analyse information on TB epidemiology and control programmes mainly in Asian countries and publish a newsletter regularly. Please also see News Letter from Kiyose (access from Contents).
Since 1963, we have conducted international training courses for health professionals in developing countries. Currently, we conduct two kinds of JICA group training courses every year; one for TB control programmes managers and the other for staff of TB laboratories. Other training courses are conducted on request. We also provide training for Japanese people who want to engage in international cooperation in the ﬁeld of TB control. We celebrated the 50th Anniversary of international training courses in 2012. More than 2000 health professionals from 98 countries have studied at the Institute.
In response to global TB problems, RIT participates in global networks for technical assistance with other international organizations such as WHO, IUALTD, TBTEAM, and TBCTA. We have participated in the development of several international guidelines, in providing technical assistance to other countries, and in various research activities with other partners. RIT was designated a WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference, Research, and Training on Tuberculosis in 1982.