Response and Recovery to Japan Tsunami

Project Response and Recovery to Japan Tsunami
Project Partners • Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) • Disaster emergency medical relief department in Miyagi Prefecture • Local elementary/junior high schools and universities, Local Education Office under Prefecture and City governments, Kyoto University

• Immediate Relief Assistance – March 2011 • Provision of Medical Equipment to Hospitals in Minami-sanriku in Miyagi Prefecture – May 2011 • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Recovery Lessons and its Implications to Education Systems: August 2011 – July 2013 • Construction of the second building of the Health Support Centre: March – December 2012

Locations Otsuchi and Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture, Minami-sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Kesennuma in Iwate Prefecture, Natori and Kamaichi in Miyagi Prefecture, Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture

• MERCY Malaysia received 3 official certificates/ appreciation letters from the Governor of the Miyagi Prefecture, Mayor of Minami-sanriku and Director of the Disaster Emergency Medical Department for its timely, efficient and effective assistance

On 11 March 2011, Japan was struck by a 9.0 magnitude
earthquake. The earthquake generated a tsunami,
with waves reaching as high as 40 meters, devastating
coastal communities in 15 prefectures along 700km.
Three prefectures were affected with the most damage,
namely Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.
MERCY Malaysia deployed a three-member assessment
team to Japan on 13 March 2011 to get more information
on the disaster, establish networks and contact, plan for
intervention and immediately respond to the current

MERCY Malaysia efforts
After assessing the situation, MERCY Malaysia in
collaboration with Association of Medical Doctors of
Asia (AMDA) provided immediate assistance in March
for quake-hit nursing home with medical supplies,
serving the evacuation shelters in the Iwate and Miyagi
Prefecture through mobile medical services and other
forms of assistance. Furthermore, in cooperation with
AMDA, MERCY Malaysia was able to carry out the
construction of the Health Support Centre. The Centre,
which has two functions namely, acupuncture clinic and
community salon, will contribute towards the community’s
rebuilding and recovery process through various social
opportunities in a better and healthier atmosphere. The
first building was officially opened on 18 December 2011
in Otsuchi, the Iwate Prefecture and the construction of
the second building will be initiated in March 2012 with
the contribution of MERCY Malaysia.
MERCY Malaysia,through the Disaster Emergency Medical
Relief Department in the Miyagi Prefecture, managed
to provide hospitals and temporary health centres in
Minami-sanriku in the Miyagi Prefecture with medical
equipment including furniture (bed, table, rehabilitation
equipment etc.). The support contributed to the earliest
reopening of the hospital and temporary health centre.
MERCY Malaysia also managed to identify areas of
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects in collaboration
with local elementary/junior high schools and universities
and the Local Education Office under Prefecture and
City governments, Kyoto University. Through the
implementation, regular consultation and hearing have
been carried out with local authorities, academicians
as well as local NGOs. Proper documentation of the
discussion results will be kept and subsequently policy
inputs will be developed to ascertain DRR measures for
schools and roles of schools in communities.