Good understanding of the health situation and development policies of recipient countries is essential to working in the field of international cooperation. We make our every effort to collect relevant data, and to have a good grip on the latest situation in a recipient country before commencing new work. Incidentally, the internet has enabled us to easily obtain worldwide poverty reduction strategic papers, health development plans and important reports by UN agencies as needed, thereby alleviating the once arduous task of gathering basic information related to a developing country.
Medical equipment to be provided under a grant aid project must satisfy both the conditions set by Japanese policy and the request made by the recipient country. We go a step beyond simply complying with the requirements of JICA, our client; MOFA, the competent authority on grant aid assistance; and the recipient government, who made the request. We, as a consultant, clearly express our honest opinion, or objection if necessary. We always do our best to analyze accurately the technical level of healthcare in the recipient country and the adequacy of its medical equipment, wherever and whenever. In order to do this, we believe that one of our responsibilities as a consultant is to constantly acquire technical knowledge and continuously improve our level of specialty.
Compliance is our fundamental rule. In this context, we need to understand the relevant laws of Japan and international society. Furthermore, we need to have an adequate understanding of international procedures for shipping, transportation and customs clearance. These issues seem irrelevant to health development, however, they are also part of the essential knowledge required of us. Even though shipping and customs clearance are not consultant's work, the medical equipment travels a long way from Japan to the health facilities in recipient countries under our planning and supervision.
The outcome of consultants�f work is shown as written reports. In fact, consultants prepare many kinds of reports on situation analysis, field surveys, cost estimation, technical specifications, project progress and project completion. Quality writing from all the aspects of development policy, health administration, health situation, technical issues, monitoring and evaluation is required. Deadlines are strict, and time is limited. Submitting a good final report by the deadline is one of most important indices of our quality control.
Health problems vary from country to country, as highlighted by the problems of tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, other infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases. In order to ready ourselves for any project in any country, we study not only problems specific to the countries where we work, but also dedicate ourselves to constant study of common issues related to MCH, childhood illness, reproductive health, mental health, emergency services, rehabilitation, and other important health sub sectors.