Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues

by International Medical Crisis Response Alliance
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Tohoku and Kumamoto: Long-Term Medical Issues
Jun 4, 2014

The Sewol Disaster - Help us Limit Some of the Grief and Loss in Korea

Sewol Ferry Sinking with Hundreds Still Aboard
Sewol Ferry Sinking with Hundreds Still Aboard

It has now been an incredible month and a half since the almost incomprehensible tragedy of the Sewol ferry disaster near Jeju Island in South Korea.  Officially 288 people are confirmed dead, the majority being high school students on a field trip and their teachers.  The negligence and disorganization of those responsible for the safety of passengers is particularly disturbing as it compounded the inability of the young to comprehend the deadliness of their situation as they laughed, texted each other and planned facebook posts.

The impact of this disaster is profound, not only for the parents and families of the lost, but for the survivors as well, all of whom will bear these deep emotional scars for decades.  In order to approach one avenue of long-term help, IMCRA has recruited the services of several New-York area and Korea-based psychotherapists specializing in post-disaster therapy to help ease the pain and suffering of the survivors.   To date, Dr. Benedict Sungho Kim, Dr. Simon Shin and several other Korean medical specialists have either completed or are in the process of completing outreach modules on the IMCRA system in both English and Korean.  These resources are targeted at both survivors and families - as well as physicians and psychosocial specialists who may find themselves being consulted.

As IMCRA faculty have pointed out, the impact of this tragedy is much greater than the Sewol because it brings up underlying currents of unresolved disquiet in the Korean psyche associated with memories of war, the North and living under multiple threats.   To date the IMCRA Korean program has been accessed by nearly 2000 users.  We are committed to involving more experts and extending the program to be as useful as possible.  Any support you can provide to this undertaking will help us accomplish this .  The program can be accessed at http://www.imcra.org/Video.aspx?ContentItem.ItemID=412  The new access page for the system is shown below.  Thank you.

Dr. Benedict Sungho Kim
Dr. Benedict Sungho Kim
Drs. Kim and Shin
Drs. Kim and Shin
New IMCRA Access Page
New IMCRA Access Page

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Thomas G. Hedberg
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Thomas G. Hedberg
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