|Mitsuo Kaku, MD, Ph.D. is the Professor of the Department of Infection Control and Laboratory Diagnostics at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine.|
The Japanese Society for Infection Prevention and Control (JSIPC), with nearly 10,000 members, aims to promote the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. JSIPC was founded in 1986 to control nosocomial infections, and was originally called the Japanese Society of Environmental Infections (JSEI). The name was changed to JSIPC in 2015, reflecting the growth of our social mission and diversification of the infection prevention and control fields.
Our members are from many professions, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, clinical technologists, microbiologists, public health professionals, care workers, researchers, and company employees, and they work in healthcare facilities, public health centers, and research institutes.
The JSIPC annual meeting is held every February and attracts over 7,000 attendees, who gather for two days of learning, information sharing, and multidisciplinary networking across professions and workplaces.
In recent decades, antimicrobial resistance has become one of the world’s most serious health threats, and the issue of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, especially those related to zoonoses, is an increasingly important public health concern. In our borderless world, it is essential to know the risk of infectious diseases in animals, humans, and the environment and recognize the concept of “One World, One Health”.
The current situation with infectious diseases is a global crisis extending beyond borders. It is highly important to achieve a paradigm shift with human networking, risk communication, and creation of support systems. In particular, it is essential to develop an infection control social network among healthcare workers, public health centers, concerned citizens, and the media to fight the infectious disease crisis.
There is also a pressing need to advance the development of world class human resources in relation to infection prevention, patient safety, and implementation science.
In conclusion, I am confident that JSIPC will continue to play an important role in promoting the paradigm shift required by the current environment of diverse infectious diseases.