Pre-TICAD Summit on Climate and Health Held

Malaria No More and Malaria No More Japan held a high-level meeting will be held on the 17th of April to disseminate Japan’s climate – health initiatives, investments and commitments to TICAD 2025 with the aim of building resilient and sustainable health systems against climate change in Africa. On the following day, the 18th, a reception was held for networking among the participants.

The event was a precursor to TICAD, offering a platform to examine and tackle the interconnected challenges of climate change and health in Africa. This aligned with Japan’s overarching objectives of global collaboration and sustainable development as articulated in its updated ODA framework. Japan seeks to showcase its leadership by utilizing advanced technology, expertise, human capital, and infrastructure to address Africa’s distinct challenges at the intersection of climate and health. The summit aimed to convene influential voices from Africa alongside representatives from Japan’s public and private sectors to examine and address climate change’s severe impact on health, infectious diseases, water, and related health issues specific to Africa.

The Minister of Health of Malawi, H.E. Mrs. Kumbise Kandodo Chiponda, MP., participated in the conferece, introducing Malawi’s health challenges, particularly the impact of cyclones, which not only kill many people but also have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases, and emphasizing the potential of private sector technology and digital technology to solve these problems.

Conference/Reception Outline

the “Pre-TICAD Summit on Climate and Health” and reception

Date: April 17, 2024, from 2pm to 5:30pm
Venue: TKP Akasaka Conference Center, Tokyo
Akasaka Park Building, 13F, Akasaka, 5 Chome−2−20, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan

Networking reception

Date: April 18, 2024 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Venue: The Grand Ginza/GINZA SIX
GINZA SIX 13F, Ginza 6-10-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan


Malaria No More Japan, Malaria No More-US, Forecasting Healthy Futures (FHF)


Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), Friends of the Global Fund, Japan
Panel 2 Collaborators: Health Finance Coalition, Triple I for Global Health


13:30 OPEN

14:00 Welcome Remarks and Summit Objectives
Dr. Takahiro Shinyo, Chairman of the Board, MNMJ

14:10 Introductory speech “The Climate Crisis is a Health Crisis”
Martin Edlund, CEO, MNM

14:20 Keynote speech “Understanding the Effects of Climate Change on Malawi and Its Responses.”
H.E. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, Minister of Health, Government of Malawi

14:30 “Overview of Japan’s commitment to Africa and Progress”
Yukio Saita, Deputy Director-General, Deputy Assistant Minister for African Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

14:40 Panel Discussions (till 17:10)

14:40-15:25 Panel 1:
The Health Impacts of Climate Change: Understanding the Scale of the Issue and Exploring Solutions
The aim of this panel is to bring together global experts to examine the impacts of climate change on human health and present viable solutions. Additionally, it seeks to raise awareness and build support for investments in addressing the intersection of climate and health, thus paving the way for commitments at TICAD 2025.
Moderated by: Yuka Takeshita, Asahi Shimbun

  • H.E. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, Minister of Health, Government of Malawi
  • Seon Mi Choi, Senior Advisor, Climate and Environment, Global Fund (Virtual)
  • Dr. Fumiko Kasuga, Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Planetary Health/Global Hub Director – Japan, Future Earth Secretariat, University of Nagasaki
  • Dr. Eric Zusman, Research Leader, Integrated Sustainability Centre, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) (Virtual)
  • Masaki Inaba, Co-Chair, Africa Japan Forum
  • Hon. Hideki Makihara, Member, the House of Representative, Secretary General of Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
  • Saeda Makimoto, Senior Deputy Director General, Human Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

15:30-16:10 Panel 2: Harnessing Private Sector Investment for Climate-Health Initiatives in Africa
This session will focus on the role of the private sector in financing solutions to Africa’s climate-induced health challenges. We will highlight and discuss the leadership role of Japan’s private sector in global health, together with private sector investors and the investment ecosystem stakeholders who promote private investment in this sector.

Moderated by: Mr. Ken Shibusawa, Co-Chair and Founder of & Capital, Triple I Initiative

  • Hideo Suzuki, Ambassador for Global Health & Deputy Director General, Cabinet Secretariat, Office of Healthcare Policy
  • Hiroki Ishida, East Africa Director, Asia Africa Investment & Consulting (AAIC)
  • Masaki Umeda, Vice Chief Executive Officer, SORA Technology
  • Masahiro Juraku, Director, Private Sector Investment Finance Division 2, Private Sector Partnership and Finance Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Osamu Kawanishi, Head, Asia External Representation Office, Africa Development BankAfDB/FAPA

16:10 Coffee break

16:15-17:15 Panel 3: Japanese Innovations Combating Climate-Health Threats in Africa (Vector Borne Diseases) 
This session will showcase some of Japan’s innovative solutions addressing the nexus of climate change and health and explore the challenges and opportunities for strengthening Japan’s leadership in combating vector-borne diseases increasingly impacted by climate change. The discussions will center on how Japanese private enterprises’ products and technology can contribute to tackling diseases and achieving health equity in Africa.

Moderated by: Ms. Satoko Itoh, Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, JCIE
Assistant Director, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ)


  • Takao Ishiwatari, Senior Associate, Environmental Health Division, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Yoshihide Hiruta, Director of International Cooperation, Sysmex Corporation
  • Takahiro Soejima, General Manager, Sales Promotion Department-Ⅲ, Eiken Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Aya Namba, R&D Manager, Kao Corporation
  • Dr. Noboru Minakawa, Professor, Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health

17:15 Closing Session: Synthesis and Announcement of second gathering pre-TICAD
Martin Edlund, Malaria No More

17:25 Closing Remarks

17:30 CLOSE