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Northern Japan

International Medical Corps Serving the Hardest-Hit Coastal Communities in Northern Japan

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On March 11, a 9.0-earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that buried many northern towns in a wall of water. With the help of Earth Council, International Medical Corps responded, deploying an emergency response team to the affected area, where it is now assisting isolated coastal villages and evacuation centers, where an estimated 245,000 people are now taking shelter after losing everything to the tsunami.

“We saw first-hand how extensive the material and human damage of the tsunami and earthquake was,” said team member Dr. Mutsuo Ikuhara. “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.”  

Mental health is needed widely for both adults and children. With extensive experience in post-disaster mental health response, International Medical Corps is working with Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) to enhance their ability to provide mental health services and provide trainings in mental health support. To support children’s mental wellbeing, International Medical Corps is also working to establish play areas in evacuation centers. The team is also delivering supplies to evacuation centers and local humanitarian organizations, including packaged baby foods and medications, such as nasal sprays, antihistamines, and eye drops, all as part of a larger effort to make sure survivors, evacuation centers, local humanitarian organizations, and government agencies have the support that they need to recover from what is the worst natural disaster in Japanese history.

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Mental health