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Jun 26, 2020

COVID-19 Response: March - May 2020 Report

In our last report from February 2020, we informed you about our emergency response to COVID-19 in China with over 500,000 masks distributed to affected areas. Since then, as COVID-19 hotspots spread to other countries around the globe, Civic Force began focusing on emergency response in Japan.

With personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as surgical masks and gowns in high demand and supply chains disrupted, many medical and welfare facilities were unable to replenish their stock of PPEs. These front line workers were constantly exposed to the virus and the patients and clients they dealth with were often the most vulnerable subgroups such as the elderly. Through the joint emergency response team called "ARROWS," Civic Force and our partners responded to the needs reported by these facilities, expanding activities and beneficiaries as the pandemic grew.

March Activities

-- Distributed over 160,000 protective masks to nurseries, kindergartens, day care centers, and welfare facilities in Fukuroi starting March 2.

-- Leased and installed a mobile trailer office at a hospital in Osaka on March 5. The trailer was used asa waiting, consultation, and triage room depending on the changing needs of the hospital.

April Activities

-- Leased and installed an air tent at a hospital in Osaka on April 7. The tent was used as an overflow area for patients waiting to see a doctor.

-- Distributed 54,800 protective masks to 274 welfare facilities in Tokyo from April 8-10.

-- Leased and installed trailer offices at two hospitals in Kyushu on April 23.

-- Dispatched a medical team to the Italian cruise ship, Costa Atlantica, docked in Nagasaki on April 28. There were 148 confirmed cases on the ship and our medical team was dispatched at the request of Nagasaki Prefecture's Disaster Management Assistance Team (DMAT). The ARROWS medical team helped provide medical consultations and assisted with patient transfer operations.

May Activities

-- Launched a new fundraising project to support recovering communities that were previously affected by other disasters. Through the NPO Partner Project, Civic Force will support local organizations that provide much-needed aid to their communities such as providing safe spaces for children and education assistance.

-- Civic Force's Executive Director, Kaori Neki, joined six other NPOs across Japan in submitting a letter to a member of the House of Representatives, petitioning to expand the eligibility of the COVID-19 subsidy program to NPOs. NPOs across Japan have been leading efforts in the national emergency response to COVID-19 and need more support.

 

Please continue to support Civic Force's activities by spreading this report on social media and donating. Thank you for your generous support!

Cruise ship in Nagasaki
Cruise ship in Nagasaki
Trailer office with chairs and air purifier
Trailer office with chairs and air purifier
Feb 27, 2020

Over 500,000 Masks Delivered to China

Shipment of supplies preparing for delivery
Shipment of supplies preparing for delivery

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread and has infected over 82,000 globally and killed at least 2,800, the vast majority in China. Alarmingly more and more medical facilities are depleting their stocks of protective supplies. In response to this need, Civic Force arranged transportation of 504,000 masks to the International Health Welfare Institute (IHWI), a local partner in Shanghai, China. The masks were delivered to IHWI on February 20 and will be delivered to Chinese medical facilities in desperate need of supplies. The masks, including 252,000 children's masks, were a part of a stockpile stored in a warehouse in Fukuroi, Japan. Civic Force has opened our stockpile and received requests from many medical facilities in Japan to provide protective supplies.

As the number of infections outside China continue to rise, Civic Force needs your continued support to meet the needs of medical facilities. Your support contributes to turning the tide against this outbreak.

Supplies in the warehouse
Supplies in the warehouse
Medical facility thanking our delivery
Medical facility thanking our delivery
Protective masks are needed
Protective masks are needed
Jan 24, 2020

"Working Toward Farming in Spring" - Letter from the Mayor of Obuse-machi

Letter from mayor
Letter from mayor

As part of emergency assistance activities for Typhoon No.19 (Hagibis), Civic Force has been leasing five pressure washers free of charge to the disaster volunteer center at the Obuse-machi Social Welfare Council in Nagano since October 19, 2019. Obuse-machi is known for their famous chestnuts and many tourists visit the town this time of year to enjoy this snack. However, the number of tourists have decreased drastically this season due to the disasters. In the midst of this recovery period, Civic Force received a letter from the Mayor of Obuse-machi. A section of the letter is extracted below:

"Typhoon No.19 on October 12-13 that hit Japan brought immense damage to our town. The flooding damage was wide-spread across 130 buildings, the Chikuma River bank, 130 hectares of farmland, and public facilities including a drainage station.

I would like to send my sincere gratitude for the tremendous in-kind support and well-wishes from people in and outside of Obuse-machi including Civic Force. While nine households are still living in temporary housing, families whose homes were flooded are now working toward reconstruction in spring. Thanks to the volunteers, the debris has been mostly removed. Thank you very much.

However, rehabilitation of the damaged farmland has just begun. While many well-wishers have been helping us to remove mud, I would like to ask for your continuing support as we aim to recover by the farming season in spring."

-Mayor of Obuse-machi, Ryozo Ichimura

 
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