Researchers Meeting—The Impact of COVID-19 on the Cross-Border Movement of the Long-Term Care Workforce

November 24, 2020

As a follow up to last year’s roundtable for researchers involved in AHWIN-related ERIA studies, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) partnered once again to build on the network of AHWIN-supported experts. This online meeting, which focused on projects addressing the cross-border movement of the long-term care workforce, gave researchers the opportunity to present their studies to allow for information-sharing, cross-pollination, and networking among the various research teams.

The second half of the event focused on the impact of COVID-19 on the recruitment, training, and work of migrant healthcare and eldercare workers, where speakers addressed some of the major challenges created by travel restrictions in the wake of the pandemic.



Satoko Itoh, Managing Director, JCIE

SESSION 1: Research Presentations

Osuke Komazawa, Special Advisor on Healthcare & Long-Term Care Policy, ERIA

Human Resources for Health and Elderly Care in Asia
Maria Reinaruth D. Carlos
, Faculty of International Studies, Ryukoku University, Japan (Presentation)

The Skill Circulation of Oral Care and Swallowing Function Rehabilitation: Developing a Career Path for Returned Healthcare Migrants from Japan to Asian Countries 
Susiana Nugraha
, Universitas Respati Indonesia (Presentation)

Modeling the Development and Circulation of the Long-Term Care Workforce
Takeo Ogawa
, President, Asian Aging Business Center; Professor Emeritus, Kyushu University (Presentation)

SESSION 2: Discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Recruitment, Training, and Work of Cross-Border Migrant Healthcare and Eldercare Workers

Yuko Hirano, Professor, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki University

Ines Yamanouchi Mallari, President and School Administrator, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (Presentation)

Mita Noveria, Researcher, Research Center for Population – Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PPK-LIPI) (Presentation)

Yoichi Hiruma, Associate Professor, Organization for International Collaboration, Shizuoka University