Distance Ed student represents Japan at UN conference on AIDS

July 11, 2006
Tsutomu Nemoto, 24, had registered to take his first online course in the Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts Program this summer, but his plans were delayed when he heard good news – that he was selected as a member of Japan’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session of HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) in New York in early June.

Tsutomu Nemoto

Tsutomu Nemoto

A master’s student in international community health at The University of Tokyo, Nemoto has dedicated himself for the last three years to HIV/AIDS prevention among Japanese youth and works closely with the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS, a student-led, UN-supported alliance of young activists worldwide.

In 2001 the UN made a Declaration of Commitment, a non-binding pledge among nations to end the spread of HIV/AIDS, and Nemoto catalogs Japan’s fifth-year progress in a report found at www.youthaidscoalition.org/docs/Japan.pdf.

“I look forward to returning to work on the UNC certificate,” he says. “The stronger the scientific perspective I have, the better I can be at advocating changes in government policy.”

Hollie Pavlica, DrPH, MSW, director of the certificate programs in the NC Institute for Public Health, says Nemoto is just the type of student she loves to see involved in the program.

“Not only will he be learning skills and generating ideas to use in his important work in AIDS prevention in Japan,” she says, “but his experiences and perspectives also greatly enrich our own program.”


For further information please contact Ramona DuBose either by phone at 919-966-7467 or by e-mail at ramona_dubose@unc.edu.