Let’s activate!!

↑From  the plane going to Phnom Penh. Narita→Seoul→Phnom Penh

↑First day, first blue sky.




Hello, all.
2 weeks has passed since I came to Phnom Penh, so it is good time to update my second blog!!
But first,
I would like to say thank you all for your celebrating and encouraging e-mails regarding to my PULSE journey and first blog. I got really warm feelings.
Though it is easy to say “thank you” to others relating with me, I realized that to show my growth and success is the most impactful way to give back to you, in a way.
I strongly hope that mutual help is the only way to improve the world and I am proving that we can learn from anyone, any situation and anytime, through my life.
I’ll go the extra mile to enjoy this chance!


And let me update on how things are going.
Totally, I am fine!!
I sometimes fell kind of a bit bad stomach, but it is going to be good.
I stay at Phnom Penh during PULSE assignment, mainly.
There is a 2 hour time difference between Cambodia and Japan (7 a.m. in Cambodia equals 9 a.m. in Japan). Cambodia is a tropical country-it’s located just a smidge above the equator-with a current temperature range of 30 to 35℃ (95°F) and high humidity (more than 70%). Now, it is monsoon season in Cambodia, so we frequently have torrential rain. I think that it is better than I expected.
Roads are surfaced with asphalt, but some people wear masks because of terrible dust. Cambodia does not seem to be dangerous country to live in. However, 2 guys riding on the motorcycle nearly stole my phone at night the day after I arrived here. Luckily they could not do but I have to pay attention to others all the time. Dengue fever virus and Malaria has been excluded from Phnom Penh. I think that I have no opportunity to get those infectious diseases here.
And I have really good relationship with People at Malaria Consortium. But I take some pains in getting used to Cambodian “style”.
Anyway, everything is inspiring and going to be alright!!


I wrote “I will write about my assignment next time.” at previous blog, so I am writing about “Everyday Life”, “My Assignment” and “Others”.
From “TODAY”, I am posting a lot of photos in Phnom Penh.
Let’s check out and enjoy them. Stay tuned!!


Let’s get down to the work.
※MC:Malaria Consortium
<Everyday Life>
I spent first 10 days at hotel and I moved to my apartment almost 1 week ago. I had to leave the hotel the day before a move to my apartment because of my misunderstanding. Fortunately, I was glad it worked out somehow! Haha
Job at MC has weekends off, and you can come and leave whenever you want, provided that you work 8 hours a day. I use Tuk-tuk that is one of the most famous transportations in the South East Asia. It took about 15 minutes from the hotel to MC office. I went the office at 8:30 and left there at 17:30 at my first day. I started to work at 7:00 because I wanted to have as much time as possible with other staffs. If a project has once begun, I would start to work at 4:00. The MC office is a two-story house and I work at first floor. There are three desks for Joana (my boss, lady from Portugal, Medical Doctor, Malaria team), Dyna (guy from Cambodia) and me. Joana is in Portugal now, so Dyna and I work together everyday.
By the way, there are 15 employees at MC Cambodia office. 8 people are from Cambodia, 2 are from Portugal, 1 is from Sri Lanka, 1 is from UK, 1 is from Australia, 1 is from France and 1 is from Italy.
I usually use the PC from MC from 7:00 to 12:00, and we have lunch. I sometimes go to some restaurant but I often join the “Cambodian Lunch” at the office. It is a kind of Potluck. I continue to work with the PC until when I go home. It is a preparation period and something like that. I have some difficulty in getting accustomed to staying at the office whole day since I go for business trips throughout Japan as MSL everyday.


<My Assignment>
First of all, I tell you about the entire structure of my assignment.
WHO sets their ultimate goals about many diseases in the world, and governments, NPO/NGO and pharmaceutical companies lay out short or medium goals (from a few months to a couple of years) and they support mutually. Most of the infections become problems in developing countries. So, the governments and others get funds from such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Foundation and Global Fund. As one of the examples at MC got fund from Global Fund, staffs at MC applied for Global Fund with Protocol and Global Fund accepted. They could get fund and implement the protocol, evaluate the results and report it.
Dengue fever virus and Malaria are mosquito-borne viral infections. It is one of the most effective ways to control its vector that means mosquitoes. Of course, early detection and treatment is one of the most important factors to decrease death rates and to understand its distribution to decide where we should implement the study.
That is, I am joining one of the short or medium projects.
My field is about Dengue fever virus, Malaria and Antimicrobial Resistance. When I heard about PULSE assignment, I was supposed to support Dengue and Malaria. At first MC meeting, I was asked to join the new coming project because I am D.V.M.
It depends on the progress of the project, but I am going to do the things below.
I am assigned as a communication, medical and veterinary medical specialist
# To identify and contact the key stakeholders from such as government and universities and to build a base of information network
# To lead the project and accomplish our goals
# To propose good ideas as a communication, medical and veterinary medical specialist and to improve the quality and speed to attain it
# To contribute to getting funds by collecting good papers and information
# To create materials (posters, brochures, Flipcharts and videos) for schools and villages and to inform them of knowledge about Dengue and Malaria
# To deliver presentations for schools and villages about Dengue and Malaria and to revise the curriculums
# To summary our activity, to offer them and to make a impact to the world
# To strengthen our teamwork and increase quantity and quality of our actions


I spent current 2 weeks reading past protocols and reports and I tried to understand progress and future outcomes of MC activities.
About Dengue, I made some SOPs and schedules for a project coming next month in addition to above.
About Antimicrobial Resistance, I am challenging to identify and contact the key stakeholders from such as government and universities and to build a base of information network, to collect information from outside Cambodia and to simulate the model in addition to reading application papers for funds.
About Malaria, I just read some documents relating to Malaria and wait because Joana is not in Cambodia.
And also,
I researched about the global situations about 3 themes and broke down to the South East Asia, and then Cambodia to understand deeply.
For examples, WHO says that one recent estimate indicates 390 million Dengue infections per year. It happened at Africa, South East Asia and Latin Americas, mainly due to popularity density. As a matter of fact, it includes North Americas and the Eastern Mediterranean. In the South East Asia, the Greater Mekong Subregion is a most important area to control Dengue and neighboring countries support each other. The cornerstone is to control these local areas that locates where they cannot decrease the number of mosquitoes because of forests and rivers. Of course, it relates with low educational and economical level and religions. Some people believe that Dengue Fever is caused by spiritual problems.
I am thinking what I can do with my job during the current 2 weeks. I will have another meeting about the detail of my assignment at MC next week and it means that it is beginning my “real” PULSE journey to make changes.
So I’m getting hyped up!!


I am studying about Cambodia because to know Cambodia is a first step to maximize Cambodian people’s merit.
Let me share a brief of Cambodia basic information!
※For reference only.
The Kingdom of Cambodia
Land area:181,000  square kirometers (Japan:378,000 square kirometers)
Population:15,000,000 (Japan:126,000,000)
Capital:Phnom Penh
Race:Khmer (more than 90%)
Religion:Buddhism (90%)
Average longevity:68.7yo (Japan:83.7 yo)
Nominal GDP:6,870,000,000 USD (Japan:4,000,000,000,000 USD)
GDP/capita:1,140 USD (Japan:30,000 USD)
Currency:Riel(1 USD=4,000 Riel)
Japanese expatriates/Cambodians in Japan:2,270 (Japanese expatriates) (6,111 (Cambodians in Japan))





Malaria Consortiumの人とはすっかり打ち解けていますが、慣れない異国の地での生活に四苦八苦しています。




※MC:Malaria Consortium



私の業務に関連するテーマは①マラリア、②デング熱、③抗生剤の耐性(One Healthの観点から)の3つです。当初、マラリアとデング熱2つのプロジェクトの予定でしたが、初日の面談で、「獣医師だよね、抗生剤のプロジェクトが立ち上がるからやってみないか?」と言われ、新たに立ち上がるプロジェクトにも挑戦する事にしました。


WHOの報告では、デング熱の推定感染者数は3.9億人/年とされています。問題となるのは主にアフリカ、東南アジア、 中南米です。実際には地中海周辺やインド洋沿岸諸国、北米なども含まれますが、特に問題とされるのは人口密度が高く、感染者数が多いとされる東南アジア、 中南米です。東南アジアではメコン川流域諸国(the Greater Mekong Subregion)で特に感染者数が多く、国だけではなく地域としてデング熱撲滅に力を入れています。この地域、あるいはメコン川流域諸国での現在の主な課題は、農村地区で感染者数を如何に減らせるか、です。理由は、森や川が多く蚊を減らす事が困難であること、また教育水準、経済水準や宗教的な理由から、疾患への理解が低い事が考えられます。サーベイランス等の結果では、「マラリアは精神的なもの、悪霊が取り付いたため発症した。」といった解答もありました。


面積: 18.1万平方キロメートル (日本:37.8万平方キロメートル)
人口 :約1,500万人 (日本:約1億2,600万人)
首都 :プノンペン
民族 :約90%がクメール人
言語 :クメール語(カンボジア語)
宗教 :約90%が仏教
平均寿命: 68.7歳 (日本:83.7歳)
名目GDP :68.7億米ドル (日本:約4兆米ドル)
一人当たりのGDP: 約1,140 米ドル (日本:約3万米ドル)
通貨 :リエル(約1米ドル=4,000リエル)
在留邦人・在日カンボジア人: 約2,270人(在留邦人) (日本:約6,111人(在日カンボジア人))

↑The red area is Cambodia.


↑National Flag of Cambodia. The shape of the building is Angkor Wat that is one of the world heritage.


↑The blue line on this picture is the Mekong.

↑You can see the Mekong.

↑This is the hotel I stayed for 10 days.

10日泊まったホテルです。9泊しか予約してなくて焦りました。笑  毎朝朝食のときにウェイターさんにクメール語で話しかけて勉強してました。
↑This is my room I stayed for 10 days.

↑First meal and first breakfast in Cambodia. Fried noodle? or something.haha really good.

↑The view from Tuk-Tuk on the way to MC Cambodia Office in the morning.

↑Three girls on one motorcycle!!

↑This is my working space. Joana (left), Dyna (right) and me (center)

↑Lunch time!! They are not smiling so much, but usually we come here for lunch with 3 to 6 people. And always loud.haha They try to make me laugh all the time. I can reflesh when I feel tired a little.

カンボジアスタイルのランチ。おとなしそうに見えますが、毎日3~6人でかなり賑やかです。笑  持ってきたおかずを「ちょうだい」とかもなくシェアする様な家族感があります。疲れていたり、業務がわからなくて不安でもいつも笑わせてくれて元気になります。もう少し落ち着いたら日本料理を振舞う予定です。

↑Prahok made out of fermented fish. Sour and a bit hot.

↑Fish! I know what you want to say, but umm it is good.


↑Seed of something. When you put it into the water…

↑It became a Cambodian sweet.

↑Cambodian people eat fruits with spicy source. I was surprised that it is a fruit but not sweet and that they eat it with chili.

デザートといいますか、おやつのフルーツです。フルーツなのに甘み ゼロ、フルーツなのにチリソースで食べるという、とても衝撃的な体験でした。確か名前はクメール語でマッカァです。今は好んでよく食べます。ちょっと酸味と渋さがありますが、食べたこと無い味でした。
↑These black spots are eggs of mosquitoes. These eggs can survive 1 month under dry condition. So, if people trash solid waste on the street and it rains, mosquitoes lay eggs on the water. If it dried out, eggs are still alive. It is one of the important reason that there are a lot of mosquitoes in developing countries. To control solid waste is one of the cornerstone for managing mosquito-born disease.

↑Stungun racket to kill mosquitoes. When you keep pushing a button and attack mosquito, the mosquito will explode with really loud sound.

↑Microscope to identify mosquito’s species.

↑Aedes. mosquito. This type vectors Dengue fever virus. You can see white line on its head. We identify the species with this line. And also you can see its probosics that mosquito uses when they suck human’s blood.

↑You can see the different lines between these. from the internet.

↑Pots! There are guppy fish inside the water to kill lava. It is most ecological and cost-efective way to keep non-mosquito environment.

↑Asuncion from GSK house!

↑Home party!!

↑They are making mojito.

↑Once it starts to rain,,,

↑A river appered. I was worrying about hygiene.

↑A real estate guy.

↑My appartment!


↑Gecko!! They eat mosquitoes, spiders and other insects.


↑A cafe is at first floor of my appartment.

↑Inside of the cafe. I come here often to eat lunch and study.




↑CJCC (Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center) I came here to join “Business plan competition”.


Inside CJCC


I came here to make friends. WHO and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). I do whatever I can do to achieve my goal!!haha I can help them and they can help me. I am really excited for my possibility and other’s.

日本にいるときからいろんな方を紹介していただいていたので、アポをいただいて遊びに行ってきました。WHOとJICAです。JICAの方とは母子関係の政策と、結核制御について情報交換をさせていただきました。ビジネスプランのコンペもそうですが、業界で区切るのではなく、広い視野を持ち活動するように心がけています。いろんな人に自分の意見を話すことで、否定されたりすることもありますが、否定されて相手を納得させられない時は、自分の考えや準備が甘い時なので、より良い結果を出すために「否定されること」は一番大事だと思っています。ここでは否定されませんでしたが。笑 発信しなければ何も返ってきません。

↑A very traditional khmer restaurant.



↑Khmer dish. A bit spicy but so good.



↑Snails! They eat snails.


↑Mangosteen. One of my favorite.


↑You can see very Undeveloped areas on your right.


↑Cut fruits.


↑Tuk-Tuk rainy version.


↑Strange cut.




↑I was always worrying about those concrete blocks above.


↑Salad Noodle


↑Russian market. but it has nothing to do with Russia.


↑Souvenir shop in the russian market.


↑Fruits and flowers shop. Look, those bananas


↑Sushi is packaged.


↑Souvenirs from Japan


↑They seemed really happy.


↑I often came here to buy my lunch for Cambodian lunch.


↑street fruts shop




  1. The tomatoes actually it is brinjal. I Glad that you enjoy your stay in Cambodia! Wonderful photos.

    1. Thanks Kelly!!
      And I fixed my post a bit, when you have time please enjoy the capture of the photons!

  2. It’s great to see you are enjoying your PULSE life. Looking forward to seeing your next blog as well. Please be well!

    1. Thank you so much, Nishida San!!
      And when we go back to Japan, let’s go to grab some drink with Nanba San.haha
      I really would like to hear from you about your experiences. Can’t wait!

    1. Koine San!
      But it is a good chance to practice English 😛

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