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"Tobacco control, political economy and international organizations."

The Global Health Governance Programme are hosting a guest seminar with our Visiting Research Associate Mitsuru Mukaigawara on the 22nd November at 10am entitled Tobacco control, political economy and international organizations.”

Nobody doubts tobacco’s harmful effects in this day and age. After enactment of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005, two international organizations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization, have implemented both in-country and international projects to control tobacco epidemics globally. However, such efforts were actually a major turnabout which happened in the early 1990s. How did these two organizations make tobacco a political and development agenda? The presenter discusses the development and current status of tobacco control focusing on the two classic international organizations, and presents challenges and opportunities relating to them.

Mitsuru Mukaigawara is the Chief Medical Resident and Clinical Fellow in Infectious Diseases at Okinawa Chubu Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. Pursuing parallel interests in global health and diplomacy, he has previously worked for the Global Influenza Programme at the World Health Organization, and contributed to create the evidence base for the diagnosis and prevention of influenza across the globe. He has published widely from general medicine to global health, whose research has been covered in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA Internal Medicine and JAMA Cardiology, to name a few. He is interested in the roles of international organizations in reducing global inequity in health. He holds an M.D. from Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Resident Award from the University of Hawaii-Okinawa Chubu Hospital Postgraduate Medical Education Programme (2014-2016).