AMDA Otsuchi Health Support Center

Project AMDA Otsuchi Health Support Center

• To contribute towards the community’s rebuilding and recovery process for the aging population by providing social development opportunities • To promote health among the people in Otsuchi-cho both physically and psychologically

Project Partners Association of Medical Doctors of Asia, AMDA

• Exercise classes (walking, stretching, slow motion training, muscle training, Yoga, etc.) • Crafts, baking and cooking classes • Gardening and music therapy sessions • Social gatherings (Japanese Tea Ceremonies, BBQ Parties, Music Performances, Fun Markets)

Locations Otsuchi-cho, Japan
Period March to December 2012

Capacity building for 1,519 beneficiaries in the form of psychosocial support


Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the most powerful earthquake to ever hit Japan, the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) conducted various supporting activities, including emergency relief work in Otsuchi-cho, Kamihei-gun Iwate Prefecture of Tohoku region. The earthquake caused over 15,000 deaths and left over 2000 people missing. Following the emergency relief period, AMDA engaged in reconstructive activities for eight cities and towns including Otsuchi-cho from May 2011. The residents in Otsuchi-cho expressed their need for acupuncture and moxibustion therapy (traditional treatment for blood flow), since the beginning of the emergency relief period. As of 18 December 2011, nine months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, AMDA Otsuchi Health Support Centre was inaugurated in Otsuchi–cho of Iwate Prefecture. The centre contains two spaces. The first is used for the acupuncture clinic and the second space is a multi-functional area for all people in the community.


MERCY Malaysia and AMDA collaborated to carry out the construction of the Health Support Centre. The centre has two functions: an acupuncture clinic and community area. The multi-functional community area contributes towards the community’s rebuilding and recovery process through various social opportunities, which are conducted in a healthy atmosphere. It was officially opened on 18 of December 2011, while the second building was opened in March 2012, with the contribution from MERCY Malaysia. Various classes such as Exercise Therapy (stretching, correction of the pelvic tilt, etc), craft (knitting, beading, etc), traditional performing arts, seasonal cooking, Japanese tea ceremonies and others, are offered at the community space. New classes such as horticulture therapy (vegetables and flowers), yoga and boxing are offered at the centre to help increase social development and community resilience.