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Toward Public Health Sector Recovery: Lessons from the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Implementing Agency Center for Community Health, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine(Japan) Year 2/2
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 23,500,000yen
Project Outline
The Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 led to unprecedented damage in coastal areas of the Tohoku region. As the relief efforts shift from the emergency phase to the reconstruction phase, the various services supporting lives, health and daily existence are of critical importance, however, significant damage has been sustained by the medical infrastructure, government agencies, and administrative bodies concerned. With public health issues coming to the fore, reconstruction of health services is urgently required from a mid to long term perspective. Not just in Asia but also worldwide, the number and scale of disasters has been increasing in recent years. Japan has not traditionally been involved in dissemination of information in the field of disaster medicine, however the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake has made the importance of sharing information with the outside world very evident. Thus, in this project, interviews will be conducted with victims of the earthquake and local government representatives and video footage will be taken of disaster-hit areas in order to illustrate the role of health-related activities and the reconstruction of the health system. Furthermore, information garnered through such interviews and through collaborative research with overseas researchers will be disseminated both within Japan and overseas.