As of April 28, 2021, Japan's COVID-19 death toll surpassed 10,000 and the total number of confirmed cases topped 577,000. Surges in confirmed cases strain the local medical systems and facilities everywhere require additional support. Additionally, the pandemic has caused other issues including increase in domestic violence, mental health problems, and more. Therefore, Civic Force and our partners are strengthening our response activities in Japan to counteract the effects of the virus.
Declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is rapidly spreading worldwide, especially in Japan. People need essential supplies such as masks and gloves to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. Medical facilities are also facing shortages of basic protective supplies. Additionally, people recovering in disaster-affected communities are more vulnerable to being affected by the pandemic.
"ARROWS" (Airborne Rescue & Relief Operations With Search), a joint emergency response team formed by Civic Force and partners, is looking to provide those in need, particularly medical facilities, with the protective gear that they urgently require. Civic Force is also partnering with local organizations that support disaster-affected communities with issues including mental health, domestic abuse, and child-friendly environments. Through "NPO Partner Projects," we will assist people in need.
This project will provide for the immediate needs of the hospitals that are lacking in essential medical supplies. It will also support the local organizations that know and understand the complex needs existing in disaster-affected communities. The long-term impact is the containment of the virus so that less people will be infected and expediting the recovery of disaster-affected communities.