Professor. Machiko Higuchi graduated Primary Health Care Management at the Mahidol University in 1993 and received PhD degree (Medical Anthropology) in 1998 at University of Colombo. She served as an expert of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in establishing the nursing school in Sri Lanka. Prior to that she was assigned by the Foreign Ministry of Japan to oversee the ethnic conflict between Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka. In the year 2001, she was sent to the University of Michigan by the Japanese Government as a visiting scholar cum WHO collaborator. She has published more than 80 research articles.