Yuichi Kodaira
Born in 1967, Tokyo, Japan.

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Science from Aoyama Gakuin University, Faculty of International Politics and Economics.
Postgraduate Diploma in Development Administration from the Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.
MSc in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from the Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.
Engaged in emergency support and development projects in Africa and Asia with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Later, transferred to the Faculty of Medicine at Kagoshima University as an undergraduate.
Worked in the Neonatology Department of the Perinatal Mother and Child Medical Center at a private hospital in Kagoshima.
Worked in Obstetrics and Neonatology at Funabashi Central Hospital Perinatal Mother and Child Medical Center.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the National Hospital Organization Kasumigaura Medical Center.
In July 2019, founded the Society for Delivering Maternal and Child Healthcare to the World and became its President.

Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Instructor for Neonatal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (NCPR).
Third-degree black belt in Shorinji Kempo (Shaolin Temple Kung Fu).

Establishment prospectus

Currently, for us living in Japan, childbirth represents the moment of encountering a new life,
the happiest moment enveloped in joy. However, few are aware that this is possible due to advanced perinatal care, which ensures the safe delivery of mothers and protects babies from various risks. The term ‘perinatal’ refers to the period from the 22nd week of pregnancy to 7 days after birth, a field that has rapidly developed in recent years, supported by advanced machinery and trained staff, as exemplified by Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). In developing countries, where such medical care is absent, childbirth is always a matter of life and death, and many babies who could have grown up without any disabilities if born in our country, lose their lives. Only a handful of people around the world receive the benefits of perinatal care that we take for granted.


We believe that the moment of a baby meeting their mother should be a happy moment for all people, and it should be equally enjoyed by everyone.


In developing countries, perinatal care, which is commonly practiced in developed countries, is hardly widespread. The reason is simply that perinatal care is a luxury medical service requiring a large amount of medical resources. However, technological advancement has made it possible to transform medical services, previously expensive and expert-exclusive, into more affordable and simpler forms. For example, ultrasound diagnostic devices, once expensive medical equipment, have become operable via smartphones, and their price has reduced to about 1/100th of the traditional models.
We have introduced affordable and portable ultrasound devices to our project countries and verified their reliability and diagnostic effectiveness. We have also examined educational methods that allow medical practitioners with little experience to effectively learn and adapt to these technologies. In the neonatal field, we have conducted investigations into the causes of neonatal deaths in developing countries and, based on these findings, have been popularizing and educating on neonatal resuscitation using a simple device (continuous positive airway pressure; CPAP) with improvements to conventional respiratory support devices.
Thus, we have demonstrated that with technological progress and a bit of creativity, perinatal care can be delivered anywhere, independent of the availability of medical resources.

However, we have come to realize that our activities, primarily based on individual efforts, were limited in funds and information, preventing effective operations. We believe that by acting as an organization, our individual support activities in the field of perinatal care will greatly enhance the impact on the regions of activity, leading to improved medical standards and reduced maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the countries where we operate.
Through these activities, we aim to realize a society where all mothers and babies around the world can nurture happiness.