Senior Vice President of JICA Visits NMIMR

Mr. Kazuhiko Koshikawa, Senior Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) together with two other staff from JICA Head Quarters has paid a visit to the Institute on Tuesday, 21st March 2017. The team was also accompanied by Mr. Koji Makino JICA Country Representative and Ms. Miyuki Tan Project Coordinator, Health.  

JICA delegation with some staff of the Institute in a group photograph

The purpose of the visit was to observe JICA’s activities in Ghana and more especially to see NMIMR which is the symbol of cooperation between Japan and Ghana.  This year also marks 90 years after Dr. Hideyo Noguchi arrived in Ghana.

 The delegation was first met and welcomed by the Acting Director Prof. Kwabena Bosompem .

Professor Bosompem welcoming Mr. Koshikawa and delegation to the Institute

 Mr. Koshikawa was taken to tour the Pagoda where the ashes of Prof.  Kenji Honda ( Japanesse Scientist through whose joint effort with Prof. Charles Easmon,that the Institute was built)  and the Japanese Resident Architect were laid.

The team was later received at the office of the Director. Welcoming the team, Prof. Bosompem reiterated the Institute’s pleasure to have them visit the Institute. He was much appreciative of the continual and constant support of JICA and Japanese Government towards the management and staff of NMIMR. He said through the NMIMR-JICA collaboration, the institute has recorded remarkable achievements in research and training of many Research Scientists. We have also lived up to the mandate of conducting research into public health importance and support public health programmes of the ministry of health and the Ghana health services.

 The Senior Vice President was very much impressed by the way the Institute has been maintained. He mentioned that the efforts of all staff have made the Institute grown to play very important role in Ghana and the West Africa Region and that need to be commended. 

 He was really happy to observe the proof of the cordial relationship between Ghana and Japan and reiterated that they will do everything possible to maintain this collaboration. 

 The team was finally taken to tour the biosafety level 3 (P3) laboratory of the virology department. Dr. Kofi Bonney gave a presentation on the samples received as well out the outcome during the Ebola crisis and again on the various researches that are conducted in the laboratory.  

  Dr. Bonney interacting with the team at the P3 Laboratory                       Prof. Ampofo exchanging pleasantries with Mr.




The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), set up in 1979 as a semi autonomous institute of the University, is the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

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