When a devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan in March 2011, International Medical Corps was on the ground in 48 hours delivering critical relief and supplies. We have stayed in Japan since, delivering vital mental health care and partnering with local Japanese organizations to respond to the longer-term needs of underserved communities affected by the disaster.
Japan's 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami destroyed countless homes and livelihoods and killed more than 15,600 people. A damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture put locals at serious risk of radiation, forcing thousands to evacuate for temporary shelters. Most have not been able to return home. Countless survivors remain without their homes, possessions, and sources of income - many are also enduring long-term emotional consequences.
International Medical Corps was on the ground within 48 hours of the emergency, reaching more than 20,000 people at evacuation centers with vital supplies. Since then, we have helped Japan rebuild by providing mental health care, building community centers, providing vocational training, building a daycare center and playground for evacuee children, and more. We partner with local organizations to bring host and evacuee communities together to engage in community-building and support each other.
Even at the height of the emergency, International Medical Corps was preparing for the long road ahead, aiming to help Japanese evacuees rebuild and restore self-reliance. For example, we trained local health workers in psychological first aid to address the trauma of Japanese civilians, repaired communications systems, and implemented cash-for-work opportunities for displaced people who lost their livelihoods in the disaster.
"We are committed to working with our local partners to continue strengthening community bonds and supporting survivors as they rebuild their homes, livelihoods and emotional well being." - Yumi Terahata, Japan Country Representative
Total Funding Received to Date: $161,172
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $23,827
Total Funding Goal: $185,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Resource Development Officer