The International Medical Crisis Response Alliance - DOJ works with Fukushima Medical, the Japan Red Cross, and other NGOs to provide long-term medical education and resources to optimize health care for children and the elderly. Expert faculty share insights into radioisotope exposure, psychosocial isolation, trauma-related cognitive decrements and the special medical needs of displaced children and the elderly. Live workshops are paired with online resourcing for maximal effectiveness.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
While the emergency medical response in Japan after 3-11 was largely short-term, the medical needs of displaced and traumatized populations will go on for 3-5 years. The elderly and the very young remain most at risk. Loss of support structures, disorientation, social stigma, isolation, the realities of radiation exposure and the special medical needs of cognitively and physically impaired elderly have far-reaching implications for local healthcare providers.
How will this project solve this problem?
IMCRA's internationally-recognized faculty provide expert medical insights, online, onsite, and via nationwide broadcast media. At the recent Miyagi colloquium, all attendees (onsite and remote) were immersed in the best post-disaster pediatric and gerontologic practice and posed questions across a wide range of topics. Following OCHA's lead, IMCRA has focused on giving permanent local healthcare providers the best tools, references and resources for optimal enduring healthcare.
Potential Long Term Impact
Peace of mind and the relief which follows optimized healthcare. This project provides easily-accessible, interactive medical information and advice on issues which still remain obscure for the public as well as for many physicians. Colloquia and workshops are covered live by Japanese and international media services and are routinely recorded for permanent access via the IMCRA-DOJ website for reference by thousands of practitioners in Japan and elsewhere. All questions are answered.
Total Funding Received to Date: $4,735
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $53,265
Total Funding Goal: $58,000