Two weeks after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck the coast of Japan, our emergency response team has reached the hardest-hit coastal areas that have yet to receive humanitarian assistance. The total number of deaths is now feared to be greater than 18,000 with approximately 380,000 currently housed in temporary shelters. Our team found that supplies of food and water are now generally improving in the evacuation centers, but some specific food items and medications are still needed. In response, we have delivered packaged baby foods and medications including nasal sprays, antihistamines and eye drops. In addition, we’re helping improve on the ground communication between evacuation and coordination centers by distributing laptops, satellite phones, and walkie-talkies. Survivors, many of whom have lost loved ones and homes, are in need of mental health support. According to team member Dr. Mutsuo Ikuhara, "we saw first-hand how extensive the material and human damage of the tsunami and earthquake was. Displaced people lost everything and require much emotional support. We are deeply moved by the strength and dignity of the people and their terrible suffering." Our team is coordinating with the Japanese government to fill critical gaps, provide support, deliver supplies, and if needed, deploy four medical teams on standby. Thank you so much for your generous donation. We promise to keep you updated on our emergency response in Japan.
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