Message from the President
The Quality of Life Foundation, Support Council of International Activities for General Medical Research (QoLF) has contributed to international development of medical technologies since its foundation in 2007, by facilitating trainings in Japan for foreign surgical specialists and dispatching Japanese surgical specialists abroad for academic exchange and by promoting medical education. QoLF works closely with embassies in Japan, which recommend participating surgical specialists to come to Japan from their countries, as well as cooperating with medical institutions in Japan, which support QoLF not only by accepting foreign surgical specialists to give training and also by dispatching Japanese surgical specialists abroad.
To date, QoLF has enabled to invite surgical specialists from Lithuania, Poland, Armenia, Peru, Uruguay, Angola, Botswana, Argentina and Croatia to be trained at its cooperating medical institutions: the University of Tokyo Hospital, Cancer Institute Hospital of Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research and St. Luke’s International Hospital.
We have received letters of gratitude and reports from the ambassadors and directors of participating embassies and hospitals that the surgical specialists, on returning to their home countries, could successfully apply the techniques they had acquired in Japan to the treatment of their patients.
We were particularly honoured to receive a letter of gratitude from former President Mujica of Uruguay.
Our project made it possible to send Japanese surgical specialists from the University of Tokyo Hospital to Colombia, Peru, Argentina and El Salvador as well as from Cancer Institute Hospital of Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research to Greece. In addition to transferring Japanese advanced medical technology to doctors at the hospitals, the surgical specialist from Japan also participated in local academic conferences.
Although we are still in the midst of the CoVID-19, we are preparing for accepting foreign surgical specialists so that the specialists from Greece and Argentina, who were scheduled to be invited in FY2020, and the specialists from the Czech Republic and Colombia, who were scheduled to be invited in FY2021, will be able to train at the University of Tokyo Hospital and Cancer Institute Hospital of Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research when the circumstances settle down.
We will continue to do our utmost to contribute to the development of international medicine working closely with the embassies and medical institutions.
General Incorporated Association Quality of Life Foundation
Support Council of International Activities for General Medical Research
President Hiroko Suzuki