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Tomoko Fujisaki (藤崎智子) – Founder, HANDS

Tomoko Fujisaki is Executive Director of Health and Development Service (HANDS), an international health non-profit organization based in Tokyo. In its first 5 years, HANDS has implemented projects in Afghanistan, Brazil, and Kenya. Unlike most Japanese NPOs in the international development sector, HANDS actively seeks collaboration with government and international organizations, including Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to implementing field projects, HANDS views technical and policy research and advocacy activities as its mission. A number of policy papers developed by HANDS have been used by the Japanese government in formulating Japan’s health-sector development assistance policy.

In 1990, Ms. Fujisaki worked as a Voluntary Repatriation Counselor for Vietnamese Boat People at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). From 1991-1994, Ms. Fujisaki served as a Program Officer at World Health Organization Office at the UN headquarters. In 1997, she joined the Boston-based NPO Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and worked on health-system development projects in Kenya, Zambia, and Hungary. Ms. Fujisaki holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Social Development from London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Harvard School of Public Health.

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