IMCRA-DOJ

The IMCRA-DOJ program provides multiple medical-related support services including reference/resource information, seminars, web-based operational platforms, direct medical services and community outreach and communication assistance to clinicians, administrators, and populations impacted by the earthquake, tsunami and radiation disasters of 3-11-11. The program is continually updated for maximum relevance and utility by an ongoing needs assessment process. The current focus of the program is radiation biology, geriatrics, infectious disease and dental health.
Jun 4, 2014

Help Guarantee Advanced Medical Access - The New IMCRA App

Bac Ha Market, Vietnam
Bac Ha Market, Vietnam

IMCRA is launching an important new technology and we need your help to make it successful!   Worldwide, the immediate aftermath of disaster most often includes disrupted communications.   This can make access to online medical resources via laptop or desktop difficult to impossible even with good WiFi signal availability.  Further, in remote locations with limited wired or WiFi connections the celphone is often the only tool available for electronic communications in all cases.

To meet the need for universal accessibility to free medical resources our Community Cyberspace program is now pioneering a system for access to the IMCRA interactive medical systems via handheld smartphones including Android and i-Phone.  This program, under Dr. Noma's direction, will give system users access to IMCRA's expert faculty via an interactive hand-held application which will continue to operate within a 30 mile radius of any functioning celphone tower.

As shown in the figures below we are extending access to this system to patients as well as to caregivers.   Finally, in emergency situations where handheld access may not permit digital manipulation of a screen or keyboard we are including multi-language voice-recognition software to enable users to navigate screens and access the desired modules with a minimum of manipulation.  The programming and implementation expenses for this are not insignificant so every contribution to these efforts will have a very real and positive impact on many lives.  Thanks!

Initial Access Screen - IMCRA
Initial Access Screen - IMCRA
Selecting Therapeutic Area
Selecting Therapeutic Area
Interactive Access to Experts
Interactive Access to Experts
Downloadable Medical References and Resources
Downloadable Medical References and Resources

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Jun 4, 2014

The Sewol Disaster - Help us Limit Some of the Grief and Loss in Korea

Sewol Ferry Sinking with Hundreds Still Aboard
Sewol Ferry Sinking with Hundreds Still Aboard

It has now been an incredible month and a half since the almost incomprehensible tragedy of the Sewol ferry disaster near Jeju Island in South Korea.  Officially 288 people are confirmed dead, the majority being high school students on a field trip and their teachers.  The negligence and disorganization of those responsible for the safety of passengers is particularly disturbing as it compounded the inability of the young to comprehend the deadliness of their situation as they laughed, texted each other and planned facebook posts.

The impact of this disaster is profound, not only for the parents and families of the lost, but for the survivors as well, all of whom will bear these deep emotional scars for decades.  In order to approach one avenue of long-term help, IMCRA has recruited the services of several New-York area and Korea-based psychotherapists specializing in post-disaster therapy to help ease the pain and suffering of the survivors.   To date, Dr. Benedict Sungho Kim, Dr. Simon Shin and several other Korean medical specialists have either completed or are in the process of completing outreach modules on the IMCRA system in both English and Korean.  These resources are targeted at both survivors and families - as well as physicians and psychosocial specialists who may find themselves being consulted.

As IMCRA faculty have pointed out, the impact of this tragedy is much greater than the Sewol because it brings up underlying currents of unresolved disquiet in the Korean psyche associated with memories of war, the North and living under multiple threats.   To date the IMCRA Korean program has been accessed by nearly 2000 users.  We are committed to involving more experts and extending the program to be as useful as possible.  Any support you can provide to this undertaking will help us accomplish this .  The program can be accessed at http://www.imcra.org/Video.aspx?ContentItem.ItemID=412  The new access page for the system is shown below.  Thank you.

Dr. Benedict Sungho Kim
Dr. Benedict Sungho Kim
Drs. Kim and Shin
Drs. Kim and Shin
New IMCRA Access Page
New IMCRA Access Page

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Mar 10, 2014

Personal Stories from Fukushima - Your Donations are DOUBLED today

P-Chan in Fukushima - Thank you!
P-Chan in Fukushima - Thank you!

Today, we'd like to share three stories out of the many lives you have changed by supporting IMCRA's work in Tohoku Japan

Yumiko

Yumiko was returning from her daughter’s school in Fukushima when the earthquake struck at 2:46 PM on Friday 11 March 2011. “I first thought the road was being repaved because the car ride became very bumpy.” But within seconds, I knew it was an earthquake and a very big one.” She continued: “I didn’t know how bad it actually was until I saw the entire slope of a hill across the road slide down into a ravine, carrying three or four houses with it. My first thought was about my daughter and how I could get to her”.

Yumiko and her daughter were among the lucky ones. They were reunited within hours and their home was only lightly damaged. Unfortunately, the worst was yet to come.

“Then we heard that the TEPCO reactor nearby was damaged and emitting radiation…and this is when the real nightmare began. My daughter wants to have children. I don’t want to die of cancer. I was scared to death what this would do her and what the radiation would do to me. We could not get any good answers from the government. First they said there was no problem, then that there was, and then the rumors began. My friends in Tokyo began to act strangely toward us.”

Some months later Yumiko heard about IMCRA and its public colloquium and outreach program. “A friend told me that he had heard about this free IMCRA program and website. I logged on and found that there would be a large workshop addressing many of the fears we had been feeling for some time.” “I attended the workshop and for the first time got most of the answers we needed and found medical and scientific people who really cared about us and answered our questions objectively and without fear. Dr. Niwa was kind and interested in the worries of everyday people. Dr. Hedberg also worked hard to be sure everyone was heard. I check back with their site to see what is new often. I asked my daughter to hold this sign to thank these people for their hard and continuing work.”

 

Yuki

"I was in our law office in Tokyo on March 11th when the building started shaking and people began screaming. We weren’t badly affected, but that night I saw on the news how terrible the earthquake and tsunami were and wanted to do something. On an internet search I heard about the International Medical Crisis Response Alliance and thought that what they were trying to do by educating doctors, nurses and people was very, very important, so I decided to help.” “Last year IMCRA set up an outreach center in Miyako and Kesenuma and worked with the Kokoro-no-care group in Soma. Later, they held a meeting devoted to helping old people throughout Tohoku. My grandmother has since passed away, but she was very elderly at that time and very frightened by what was happening so what IMCRA has been doing is very important for all of her friends and others like her. I want to say “thank you” to all the people at IMCRA and ask that you keep up the good work, especially the Caregiver Workshop later this year.” Sincerely, Yuki

 

Miyuki

“Dear Dr. Hedberg, It is cold again now and snowing, like it was 3 years ago, but I want you to know that my doctor said he learned a lot about how to care for my old parents and other people in Tohoku by logging on to your free website. My father has a heart condition, but he felt so much better when the doctor told him he would be fine and that he had heard some important things, especially about his condition, from heart experts in New York in Japanese! I hope this help will not only be short term. I don’t know how long we will really need it, but it’s good to know that there is always reachable help available. I took this picture on a cold day to help me remember how bad it was, and how much you have helped. My family thanks you and your friends again. Yours, Miyuki"

To commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, GlobalGiving is hosting a matching campaign for recovery projects in the Tohoku area. Starting today, your donations will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving until matching funds last. To donate, click on "give now" button below. Thank you for supporting this project, and for helping to tranform the lives of many people!

Yuki in Sendai - Thank you!
Yuki in Sendai - Thank you!
Miyuki in Tohoku - Thank you!
Miyuki in Tohoku - Thank you!
IMCRA Main Office in New York City
IMCRA Main Office in New York City

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