Report from the Front Lines: TMAT Minamisanriku Response

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These are photos from Ms. Wakako Ecklund, a neonatal nurse practitioner who worked with the Tokushukai Disaster Medical Assistance Team (TMAT) in Minamisanriku, Miyagi-ken. Her explanations accompany the photos. The images give a glimpse of rescue efforts by TMAT and the staff of Shizugawa Hospital, a local medical facility that was deeply affected by the tsunami. In the album, you will see TMAT members, including Ms. Ecklund (midwest USA), Ms. Kimura (Kanagawa), Dr. Inagaki (New York), and Dr. Kamal Ramani (New York, JMSA board member).

Left: Ms. Eckland and a group of TMAT physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and counselors.

Please click "Read more" for more pictures from Minamisanriku.

 

Before the Snow: Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief 5K Run/Walk

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JMSA is supporting The Before the Snow: Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief 5K Run/Walk for Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief which will take place on 10/30/11.  The run is a fundraising event for Japan Earthquake Disaster victims supported by the Japan Society, U.S.-Japan Business Council, American Counsil of Life Insurer along with Japan-US leading companies. 

The Before the Snow is a partner of the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund, and all donations will go to 9 NGOs supporting Tohoku victims. 

The run will take place on Sunday, October 30 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, which features breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as easy access by ferry, PATH train, and Light Rail.

Please visit their website for more information: http://beforethesnow.com/

JMSA recognized by First Lady of Japan

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JMSA was recognized for their efforts for fundraising and sending medical care to the Tohoku region after the earthquake struck in March 2011. Several of our Board of Directors: Dr. Honma, Dr. Yanagisawa and Dr. Ramani met with the First Lady of Japan, Mrs. Noda, during her most recent visit to Columbia University in New York City. Click here to watch FujiTV's televised report on the First Lady's visit!

 

Health Seminar vol. 23 Medical Volunteer Experience in East Japan Earthquake Relief

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Drs. Yanagisawa, Ramani, and Inagaki spoke about their experiences in Tohoku area at the Japan Society on June 14.  It was interesting to compare their impressions and personal experiences from their different standpoints as endocrinologist, family practitioner, and pediatrician, even though they visited the same sites.  Also Dr. Yanagisawa was instrumental in searching out the recipient for our Japan Relief Fund distribution.

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JMSA Japan Relief Fund: UPDATE

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Dear JMSA members and friends, 

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The JMSA would like to express our gratitude for your generous donations to the JMSA Japan Relief Fund.  Thanks to your kind support, we have raised $170,000 to benefit rebuilding efforts in northern Japan.  JMSA is sending 100% of donations to Kokoro no Care (“care for the feelings”), a community mental health treatment program led by Professor Niwa of the Department of Neuropsychiatry at Fukushima Medical University (FMU).  The goal of Kokoro no Care is to create multidisciplinary satellite mental health care units to serve towns where existing clinics have been closed due to the disaster.  We are very impressed with this program and believe that it will make a meaningful, long-term impact in areas affected by the earthquake.  

Report from the front lines: TMAT Kesennuma Response

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Here are some photos from Ms. Jeri Sumitani, a PA who was in Kesennuma City with the Tokushukai Disaster Medical Assistance Team (TMAT). Her explanations accompany the photos. These images reveal the destruction from the earthquake and tsunami, the medical relief efforts, and the resilience of the people there. In the album, you will also see Ms. Kaoru Yamanouchi, an NP from Alabama, and Ms. Nahoko Harada, the NP (and PhD student) from Boston.

Left: TMAT day 1

Please click "Read more" for more pictures from Kesennuma.