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  • AMDA Emergency Relief #10 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

    Publication date:2018-10-02
    On 29 September 2018, AMDA completed its relief activities in the town of Atsumacho in Hokkaido which was devastated by the quake-triggered landslide at the beginning of the month. AMDA’s relief

    • AMDA Emergency Report #9 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

      Publication date:2018-09-19
      On 16 September 2018, one AMDA coordinator joined the ground team in the town of Atsumacho which was devastated by the quake. After paying a visit to local counterparts (the Hokkaido Prefectural Government, the regional disaster headquarters, the group of Atsumacho health workers and the local medical institutions), the coordinator arrived in Atsuma Central Elementary School (the relief hub) to gather information. On the following day, the AMDA team worked with a relief team from Japanese Red Cross Society to assess the evacuees’ health conditions and the current circumstances in several

      • AMDA Emergency Report #8 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

        Publication date:2018-09-18
        (16th September report)

        AMDA has now dispatched three medical personnel to Atsumacho in Hokkaido. From 13th September, one AMDA nurse began providing health advice to the evacuees at Atsuma Central Elementary School. Working both day and night shifts, the nurse saw roughly ten people on the 15th. The main problems seen among the evacuees have been high blood pressure, fever, and minor wounds from when the earthquake hit. Those with common cold symptoms also seem to be on the rise.

        • AMDA Emergency Report #7 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

          Publication date:2018-09-18
          (14th September report)

          After six days of activities in Hokkaido following the earthquake that struck on 6th September, one of the two AMDA coordinators departed Hokkaido and safely returned to AMDA Headquarters in Okayama. However, the remaining coordinator was joined by the two nurses who were dispatched on 12th and 14th September.

          • AMDA Emergency Report #6 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

            Publication date:2018-09-18
            (12th September report)

            The two AMDA coordinators began a field survey of medical needs in the affected areas on 11th September. After visiting the Abiracho Town Hall, they participated in a meeting with an administrative group of various medical institutions that is active in Abiracho, Atsumacho and Mukawacho. Additionally, it was decided that two more nurses are to be dispatched – one on 12th and the other on 14th September.

            • AMDA Emergency Report #5 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

              Publication date:2018-09-18
              (11th September report)

              On the evening of 9th September, the two AMDA coordinators and AMDA Support Farmers Group* provided curry for the roughly 50 evacuees at Atsumacho Sports Center (an evacuation site in Atsumacho) and about 120 people living in the surrounding area.

              • AMDA Emergency Report #4 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

                Publication date:2018-09-14
                (9th September report)

                The AMDA Support Farmers Group* arrived by car to Sapporo City in the early hours of the morning of the 9th September after driving for more than a day. At the same time, the two AMDA coordinators entered Atsuma Town to prepare for the day’s meal provision. The two groups joined at around noon and, after consulting with a representative from the town hall, decided that they will provide meals for those evacuating at Atsuma Sports Center. Afterwards, they set up their area and began cooking 200 portions of curry.

                • AMDA Emergency Report #3 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

                  Publication date:2018-09-14
                  (8th September 2018 report)

                  The two coordinators dispatched from AMDA Headquarters arrived at Asahikawa Airport at 3pm on 7 September, then travelled to Sapporo by car.

                  The next morning, the team was joined by a doctor who worked with AMDA during the Kumamoto earthquake disaster (April 2016) and joined a meeting at the Disaster Management Headquarters at the Hokkaido prefectural government. Afterwards, they went to Tomakomai City to collect medical information, and then conducted a needs assessment in Atsuma Town, which was reported to have been damaged the most is this disaster.

                  • Emergency Relief for Flood Victims in Kerala State, India AMDA Activity Report #7

                    Publication date:2018-09-11
                    AMDA has formed a multi-national medical team which conducted relief activities in response to the recent flood in India. AMDA has also received cooperation from AMDA India and local cooperative bodies such as the Chengannur Rotary Club and Sewa Bharati. After completing their activities in Karnataka State on 5 September, the AMDA team returned to Kerala State to continue providing medical relief there.

                    • Emergency Relief for Flood Victims in Kerala State, India AMDA Activity Report #6

                      Publication date:2018-09-10
                      In response to the floods in India, AMDA put together a multi-national medical team to provide emergency medical relief to those affected in Kerala State. Further, from 3rd September, the AMDA team divided into two groups, one of which conducted emergency medical relief in neighbouring Karnataka State.

                      • AMDA Emergency Report #2 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

                        Publication date:2018-09-07
                        In response to the earthquake that occurred in the early hours of the morning on 6 September in the central-east area of Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido, AMDA dispatched two coordinators to Hokkaido on 7 September. The coordinators will visit the evacuation sites and investigate the needs there.

                        • AMDA Emergency Report #1 Hokkaido Earthquake Emergency Relief

                          Publication date:2018-09-06
                          At 3:08am on 6 September, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the central-east area of Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido. The epicentre was in the Iburi region, roughly 50km south of Sapporo, the regional capital. As of a report from the Hokkaido government office at 11:30am, two people are confirmed to have died and over 100 people injured. Also, according to local information, 2,950,000 buildings are without power.

                          • AMDA Emergency Response #30 West Japan Torrential Rain

                            Publication date:2018-09-06
                            AMDA began its relief activities on 7 July in Soja City, and on 11 July in Mabicho (Kurashiki City) in response to the West Japan Torrential Rain disaster. AMDA carried out a wide variety of support activities, from medical relief, health consultation and acupuncture for evacuees, to heatstroke-prevention for the local people and volunteers who were working hard to clean up the area and the people’s houses. Although AMDA’s emergency relief period ended on 15 August, it continued the dispatch of a nurse to Sono Community Center in Mabicho. However, as of 1 September, that has also ended.

                            • AMDA Thanksgiving Festival 2018 - All are welcome!

                              Publication date:2018-09-05
                              With our heartfelt appreciation to all who have supported and cooperated with us over the years, AMDA will be holding ’AMDA Thanksgiving Festival 2018’ in the most beautiful village in Japan, Shinjo Village in Okayama Prefecture.
                              Activities will include harvesting organic rice grown on Notoro Farm, which is a part of the ‘AMDA Food Program’; eating food that is prepared in times of disasters (‘takidashi’); and entertainment such as dances and other performances - all while surrounded by beautiful nature.

                              • AMDA Emergency Response #29 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                Publication date:2018-08-29
                                More than one month has passed since AMDA began the dispatch of a nurse to Mabi Community Center Sono Branch (Sono Community Center) on 21 July. This facility is being used as a temporary home for those affected, including some senior citizens who were using a small-scale multipurpose home in Mabicho that was damaged by the recent floods. That small-scale multipurpose home was a modular building where the occupants could receive individual care enriched by their own personality and lifestyle rhythm. At Sono Community Center, however, they continue their group evacuation lifestyle.

                                • AMDA Emergency Response #28 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                  Publication date:2018-08-16
                                  AMDA began its emergency response activities on 7th July in Soja City and on 11th July in Mabicho, Kurashiki City following the West Japan Torrential Rain disaster to provide emergency support to those affected. With the exception of its activities at Sono Community Center, which will continue until the end of the month, AMDA’s Emergency Response phase officially concluded on 15th August. The total number of dispatched personnel throughout this Emergency Response phase totalled 248 people, including those from all over Japan, and even from Mongolia. This figure also includes university student volunteers and medical personnel who helped provide medical and health support, acupuncture services, etc. at the evacuation centers and first-aid sites.

                                  • AMDA Emergency Response #27 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                    Publication date:2018-08-09
                                    The 8th of August was slightly cooler compared to the scorching weather which the whole country had been experiencing for the past few weeks. However, this could not be underestimated as the climate i

                                    • AMDA Emergency Response #26 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                      Publication date:2018-08-08
                                      More than one month has passed since the disaster began, and AMDA is now in the second month of its  relief activities. After one month of conducting these activities, AMDA staff have seen some positive changes among the evacuees. For example, some have been able to find somewhere to live, either in new houses or with their families, and they now feel more at ease about the future. However, there are those who are still uncertain about the future, which is exacerbating stress levels.

                                      • AMDA Emergency Response #25 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                        Publication date:2018-08-03
                                        While the temperatures have been topping 35 degrees C every day in Okayama, AMDA is working hard to provide relief for the victims of the torrential rain disaster in Soja City and Mabicho in Okayama.

                                        • AMDA Emergency Response #24 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                          Publication date:2018-08-03
                                          As of 31 July 2018, AMDA has been persistently working in three locations, namely, Sunwork Soja (Soja City), Mabi Community House Sono Branch (Mabicho) and Okada Elementary School (Mabicho).Activity r

                                          • AMDA Emergency Response #23 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                            Publication date:2018-08-01
                                            On 29 July 2018, fortunately the typhoon passed Soja City and Mabicho without causing any damage despite the secondary disaster was initially feared. Each evacuation shelter was well maintained d

                                            • AMDA Emergency Response #22 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                              Publication date:2018-08-01
                                              Due to the arrival of Typhoon Jongdari on 29 July, the evacuation order was issued in the morning in Mabicho and Soja City which were both heavily affected by the torrential rain that struck west

                                              • AMDA Emergency Response #21 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                Publication date:2018-07-29
                                                Typhoon Jongdari is expected to strike Japan from the dawn of 29th July, with strong winds, landslides, floods and overflowing rivers feared to cause damage once again.

                                                On 28th July, AMDA continued its medical and health support activities for the evacuees at Okada Elementary School, Sunwork Soja, and at Mabi Community Center Sono Branch. AMDA also continued to dispatch personnel to the Mobile Clinic at Mabi Memorial Hospital and prepared its transition from the Mobile Clinic to a prefabricated temporary clinic.

                                                • AMDA Emergency Response #20 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                  Publication date:2018-07-28
                                                  July 27th, 2018 Three weeks have passed since the disaster. AMDA continues to provide medical and health-related support for the victims of this calamity at Okada Elementary School, Sunwork Soja,

                                                  • AMDA Emergency Response #19 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                    Publication date:2018-07-27
                                                    As of 26 July 2018, while the acupuncture treatment has been up and running in Okada Elementary School (Mabicho), AMDA newly launched the same service in Sunwork Soja (Soja City) as well. It was initi

                                                    • AMDA Emergency Response #18 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                      Publication date:2018-07-27
                                                      As of 25 July 2018, AMDA’s relief teams have been working in three locations in Okayama, namely, Sunwork Soja (Soja City), Okada Elementary School (Mabicho) and Mabi Community House Sono Branch

                                                      • AMDA Emergency Response #17 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                        Publication date:2018-07-25
                                                        As of 24 July 2018, AMDA has been providing medical and health-related assistance in three locations, namely, Sunwork Soja (Soja City), Okada Elementary School (Mabicho), and Mabi Community House Sone

                                                        • AMDA Emergency Response #16 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                          Publication date:2018-07-25
                                                          The sweltering weather with the temperature rising above 35 degrees C has been troubling evacuees and relief workers in Soja City and Mabicho, the two hardest-hit locations in Okayama Prefecture. 

                                                          • AMDA Emergency Response #15 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                            Publication date:2018-07-23
                                                            Since the disaster started, many volunteers from all over the country have been coming to Soja City and Mabi Town to provide their assistance in this difficult time.

                                                            On 21st July, AMDA continued to provide medical and health support at two evacuation shelters, and dispatched medical personnel to Mabi Memorial Hospital.

                                                            • AMDA Emergency Response #14 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                              Publication date:2018-07-23
                                                              On July 21st, AMDA continued to provide support to the evacuees in Soja City and Mabi Town through the unbearable heat. 
                                                              In addition, AMDA dispatched a lawyer to Okada Elementary School who provided legal advice, and doctors, nurses and coordinators to the newly-reopened Mabi Memorial Hospital, which was forced to close due to the flooding.
                                                              AMDA also received personnel support from Kuroshio Town, Kochi Prefecture, a registered member municipality of AMDA’s Platform for the Great Nankai Trough Disaster in Japan, and a support group known as Okayama Co-op.

                                                              • Mobile clinic operation launched, West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                Publication date:2018-07-22
                                                                After an initial test run in the afternoon of the 18th, Mabi Memorial Hospital today began its operation of a mobile clinic vehicle.Kibi Medical Association and Mabi Memorial Hospital agreed to work t

                                                                • AMDA Emergency Response #13 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                  Publication date:2018-07-22
                                                                  July 20th, 2018Two weeks have past since the torrential rain disaster in the Western Japan.  AMDA continues to provide medical and health support at the evacuation centers for the victims in both

                                                                  • AMDA Emergency Response #12 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                    Publication date:2018-07-20
                                                                    Amidst the excessive heat where the average temperatures have been over 35 degrees C every day, AMDA is carrying on with its relief activities in Soja City and Mabicho in Okayama that were seriously a

                                                                    • AMDA Emergency Response #11 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                      Publication date:2018-07-20
                                                                      On 17 July 2018, AMDA’s four relief teams conducted the following activities in Soja City and Mabicho in Okayama Prefecture that were severely affected by the torrential downpours that struck we

                                                                      • AMDA Emergency Response #10 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                        Publication date:2018-07-18
                                                                        AMDA’s relief work in Soja City and Mabicho has been continued with five of its emergency relief teams up and running in four locations (as of 16 July 2018). Thanks to AMDA’s partner medic

                                                                        • AMDA Emergency Response #9 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                          Publication date:2018-07-18
                                                                          As of 16 July 2018, AMDA has been carrying out emergency relief activities in Soja City and Mabicho that were heavily affected by the torrential downpours that struck west Japan on 6 July. At the

                                                                          • AMDA Emergency Response #8 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                            Publication date:2018-07-16
                                                                            As of 14 July 2018, AMDA has carried out the following activities in Soja City and Mabicho that were heavily affected by the torrential downpours that struck west Japan last week.On the 13th and 14th,

                                                                            • AMDA Emergency Response #7 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                              Publication date:2018-07-16
                                                                              It has been just over one week since the torrential rain disaster started in west Japan. AMDA has been providing emergency medical relief at evacuation centers in Soja City and Mabicho, both in Okayam

                                                                              • AMDA Emergency Response #6 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                                Publication date:2018-07-13
                                                                                On 11th July 2018, AMDA supported the taxi service for the disabled people which has been run by Soja City. From Sunwork Soja (evacuation shelter) to nearby medical facilities, the service allows the

                                                                                • AMDA Emergency Response #5 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                                  Publication date:2018-07-13
                                                                                  On 10th July, two AMDA nurses provided a mobile medical consultation service at Sunwork Soja, an evacuation center in the hard-hit Soja city where 76 people have been seeking shelter. The team has bee

                                                                                  • AMDA Emergency Response #4 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                                    Publication date:2018-07-11
                                                                                    On 9th July, it was decided that the evacuees in Soja City (including some who came from Mabi City –  one  of the worst-hit areas in the region) should be transferred to evacuation centers with air conditioning. As there was no air conditioning at the Kibi Arena, where the AMDA medical team had previously been working, the Japanese summer heat was worsening evacuation conditions. Subsequently, the roughly 1000 evacuees at the Kibi Arena in Soja City were transferred across eight different evacuation sites in the area.

                                                                                    • AMDA Emergency Response #3 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                                      Publication date:2018-07-10
                                                                                      In the morning of 8th July, the AMDA Team, in cooperation with  affiliated medical institutions  and pharmacists, set up a first-aid station in the Kibi Arena, in Soja City (Okayama Prefecture), which is being used as an evacuation center. On 8th July, the medical team consisted of four doctors, six nurses, one physiotherapist, fourteen pharmacists, nine coordinators and five student volunteers (these figures include one nurse and three coordinators from AMDA Headquarters).

                                                                                      • AMDA Emergency Response #2 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                                        Publication date:2018-07-09
                                                                                        A medical response team was sent to Soja City in Okayama Prefecture (not far from AMDA HQ) on 7th July in response to torrential downpours in West Japan. After visiting the Soja City Emergency Response Headquarters to gather information, the team went to the Kibi arena, one of the evacuation centers in Soja City.

                                                                                        • AMDA Emergency Response #1 West Japan Torrential Rain

                                                                                          Publication date:2018-07-07
                                                                                          In response to the torrential down pours in western and central Japan since 6 July, AMDA has dispatched a relief team to Soja City in Okayama, not far from AMDA Headquarters. The heavy rain has affected wide areas of the country’s west and central regions where floods and landslides have been occurring. In some places, residents are still waiting to be rescued in stranded homes.

                                                                                          • AMDA Emergency Response - Osaka Earthquake

                                                                                            Publication date:2018-06-20
                                                                                            AMDA Emergency Response - Osaka Earthquake 
                                                                                             
                                                                                            At 07:58 on June 18th (Mon), a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit northern Osaka in central Japan.  In response to this, AMDA dispatched two coordinators from AMDA Headquarters in Okayama at 13:00. Surrounded by Japanese media, the coordinators said that, as it might be necessary to provide emergency medical relief, and there is a possibility of more damage caused by aftershocks, they will go to Osaka to grasp the scale of the situation. 

                                                                                            The two coordinators arrived in Osaka in the late afternoon and visited the disaster response headquarters in Takatsuki City and Ibaraki City. Both cities were hit hard by the earthquake. The team also visited Makami Community Center and Kawanishi Elementary school in Takatsuki City, which were both being used as evacuation shelters.

                                                                                            • Kyushu Heavy Rain Disaster (Japan) - 2-3

                                                                                              Publication date:2017-07-12
                                                                                               AMDA’s joint relief team with Soja City Government (AMDA’s longtime collaborator) withdrew from Asakura City (Fukuoka) after completing the mission on 09 July 2017.  Asakura was

                                                                                              • Kyushu Heavy Rain Disaster (Japan) - 1

                                                                                                Publication date:2017-07-07
                                                                                                  In response to the heavy rain that struck the Kyushu region in the southwest Japan, on 06 July AMDA dispatched an emergency relief team to Asakura City in Fukuoka Prefecture.The downpours

                                                                                                • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 22

                                                                                                  Publication date:2016-06-10
                                                                                                  While schools have already restarted in Mashiki-machi, Kumamoto, the number of evacuees at Hiroyasu Elementary School has declined to 157 from 800-plus at its peak. Nevertheless, still 136 p

                                                                                                  • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 18

                                                                                                    Publication date:2016-05-13
                                                                                                     While it has been almost one month since the evacuation life has started in Mashiki-machi’s Hiroyasu Elementary School (AMDA’s activity base), some of those who were relocated to the

                                                                                                    • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 16~17 (Summary)

                                                                                                      Publication date:2016-05-11
                                                                                                        On May 9th, the schools resumed classes after 25 days from the day the earthquake struck Kumamoto. 138 evacuees at Hiroyasu Elementary School (AMDA’s activity base) in Mashiki-machi

                                                                                                      • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 14~15 (Summary)

                                                                                                        Publication date:2016-05-06
                                                                                                        Due to the decline in emergency medical needs at AMDA’s activity base (Hiroyasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-machi, AMDA’s medical assistance is entering the secondary stage where acupunc

                                                                                                        • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 13

                                                                                                          Publication date:2016-05-01
                                                                                                          AMDA team has been working at both Hiroyasu Elementary School in Mashiki-machi (the initial activity hub) as well as the temporary healthcare room set up on April 27th at Mashiki-machi Athletic Comple

                                                                                                          • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 12

                                                                                                            Publication date:2016-04-29
                                                                                                            As of April 27th, there are two doctors and five nurses working at AMDA’s activity base, a local elementary school (Hiroyasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-machi, Kumamoto, the hardest-hit disast

                                                                                                            • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 11

                                                                                                              Publication date:2016-04-27
                                                                                                              Some of the local shops, clinics and pharmacies around AMDA’s activity base (Hiroyasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-machi have resumed business as usual. On April 25th, the total number of patie

                                                                                                              • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 8~10 (Summary)

                                                                                                                Publication date:2016-04-26
                                                                                                                11 days have passed since AMDA started providing medical assistance at a local elementary school (Hiroyasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-machi, Kumamoto, the hardest-hit disaster site.  On A

                                                                                                                • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 7

                                                                                                                  Publication date:2016-04-22
                                                                                                                  AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 7  Since April 20th, AMDA has been fully in charge of running a mobile medical clinic at a local elementary school (Hiroyasu Elementary School)

                                                                                                                  • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 6

                                                                                                                    Publication date:2016-04-20
                                                                                                                    AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 6  On April 19th, the first team of AMDA's medical personnel (one doctor, two nurses and one coordinator) completed its mission in Mashiki-machi.

                                                                                                                    • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 5

                                                                                                                      Publication date:2016-04-19
                                                                                                                      The second medical team who left Okayama on April 17th arrived in Mashiki-machi via Fukuoka. The road to the disaster-stricken area from the nearest expressway interchange was packed with cars. It too

                                                                                                                      • AMDA Emergency Relief for Kumamoto Earthquake 2

                                                                                                                        Publication date:2016-04-19
                                                                                                                        City of Soja and AMDA Joint Emergency Relief Mission for the Victims of Kumamoto EarthquakeResponding to the Kumamoto Earthquake, City of Soja and AMDA joint emergency relief team left Okayama on Apri

                                                                                                                        • Delivery of Farm-Produce Harvested from AMDA Food Program

                                                                                                                          Publication date:2015-12-28
                                                                                                                          Since 2012, AMDA staff have been making courtesy visits to the diplomatic offices in Japan to hand over agricultural produces (organic rice and rice cake-‘mochi’) harvested from AMDA Notoro farm and Shinjo village. This year, AMDA sent the organic produces to about 13 Embassies and Consulates in Tokyo and Osaka and reported the progress on AMDA Food Program in Shinjo village during courtesy visits to some of the Embassies.

                                                                                                                          During the visit to the Embassy of Indonesia in December 2015, the head of agriculture, Mr. Dadeng Gunawan explained the domestic situation in Indonesia:

                                                                                                                          • A Brand New Start for Minamisanriku Hospital in Tohoku

                                                                                                                            Publication date:2015-12-24
                                                                                                                            The Great East Japan Earthquake followed by a massive Tsunami killed about 16,000 people and caused massive damage to the Minamisanriku hospital in Miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region. More than 4 years have passed since the great earthquake, and now Minamisanriku hospital made a new start as ‘Minamisanriku Hospital and Comprehensive Care Center’ on 14th December, 2015

                                                                                                                            After the initial emergency relief activities were over, as part of reconstruction phase, AMDA continued to support temporal Minamisanriku Clinic and Shizukawa Hospital

                                                                                                                            • Implementation of the Simulation for Possible Earthquake

                                                                                                                              Publication date:2015-11-18
                                                                                                                              In collaboration with prefectural and local governments and other organizations, AMDA has been preparing emergency relief activity for the possible Nankai Trough Earthquake expected to hit areas on the Pacific coast in the very near future including well-known cities such as Tokyo and Osaka where many relief teams will more likely be gathered in case of the earthquake. However, AMDA's focus is more on Shikoku region where not many relief teams know about and have access to.

                                                                                                                              On 9th November, as part of our preparedness for Nankai Trough Earthquake,

                                                                                                                              • Emergency Relief Activity for East-Japan Flood 3

                                                                                                                                Publication date:2015-09-15
                                                                                                                                The Soja-AMDA joint team departed from Soja-city in Okayama prefecture on 12th of September 2015 and arrived on the same day at Nikko-city in Tochigi prefecture for East-Japan flood emergency relief. After a 2-days relief activities in Nikko-city, on the evening of 13th, the team moved to neighboring city of Kanuma and purchased necessary goods such as a sandbags, shovels, Deck brushes and head torches in preparation for the next day activity.

                                                                                                                                Muko-river flowing into Kanuma city overflowed and many

                                                                                                                                • Emergency Relief Activity for Eastern Japan Flood 2

                                                                                                                                  Publication date:2015-09-14
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  Though the continuous rain had eased by September 12th, some areas are still submerged under water. According to local newspapers, the death toll has reached to 7 in East Japan and 15 are still missing in Joso City.

                                                                                                                                  On 12th morning, AMDA/Soja joint emergency relief team departed from Soja City, Okayama prefecture and arrived in Nikko City in Tochigi Prefecture in the afternoon. An AMDA Volunteer nurse from Saitama also joined the team in Utsunomiya and travel together to Nikko with the team. 

                                                                                                                                  • Emergency Relief Activity for Eastern Japan Flood 1

                                                                                                                                    Publication date:2015-09-11


                                                                                                                                    Since the beginning of September continuous rain caused by Tropical Storm Etau led the nearby rivers to reach their maximum capacity. This is in turn caused the river banks to burst and dykes to break resulting in massive floods and landslides in many residential areas of East Japan (Northern Kanto and Tohoku regions). Especially, Joso City of Ibaragi Prefecture along KINU river has been badly damaged. Also, areas along with upper stream of the river in Tochigi Prefecture has also been affected.


                                                                                                                                    • The 10th Recovery Gourmet Grand-Prix in Tohoku, Japan

                                                                                                                                      Publication date:2015-07-29
                                                                                                                                      As few years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, less supports are coming from outside. Thus affected local market owners stood up and have been working together on reconstruction process and disseminated information about local situation from the affected areas in Tohoku to the world. This was the history behind the birth of “Recovery Gourmet Grand Prix”, known as “F-1”. Through this event, local shopping markets in the affected areas cooperate and support each other by sharing their ideas and information. Now, they are on the way to reconstruction process not as individual local

                                                                                                                                      • Delivery of rice harvested from AMDA Food Program

                                                                                                                                        Publication date:2015-01-09
                                                                                                                                          In December 2014, AMDA staff together with representatives of Shinjo Village Council made a courtesy visit to the diplomatic offices in Japan to hand over rice harvested from AMDA Food Program

                                                                                                                                        • 30th Anniversary Ceremony of AMDA

                                                                                                                                          Publication date:2014-12-17
                                                                                                                                          AMDA celebrated its 30th anniversary in November 2014 with more than 450 distinguished guests and supporters from 26 countries around the world.   The ceremony was organized by 6 local dignitarie

                                                                                                                                          • Emergency Relief Mission for Landslides in Hiroshima, Japan

                                                                                                                                            Publication date:2014-09-01
                                                                                                                                            On the 20th of August 2014 Hiroshima City in western Japan was struck by a massive landslides following heavy rain. According to the local government, death toll rises to 72 with two still missing. Mo

                                                                                                                                            • Joint Mission with Soja City for the Victims of Heavy Rain in Yamaguchi and Shimane, Japan

                                                                                                                                              Publication date:2013-08-05
                                                                                                                                              Japan has been experiencing heavy rainfall at a very unusual time this year. Usually, on mainland Japan, the rainy season starts around late May and ends in early July, but this year, the rain has bee

                                                                                                                                              • Best Local Dish to Help Revitalize Quake-hit Region (Japan)

                                                                                                                                                Publication date:2013-04-20
                                                                                                                                                Eleven temporary shopping villages from areas in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures that were badly affected by the tsunami of March 11, 2011, will each field a team this Sunday in Ofunato City to compete f

                                                                                                                                                • The 27th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association for International Health Held on November 3rd and 4th

                                                                                                                                                  Publication date:2012-11-08
                                                                                                                                                  The 27th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association for International Health was held at Okayama University on November 3rd and 4th. Dr. Suganami, the president of AMDA international, participated in thi

                                                                                                                                                  • AMDA's Three-Year Program of Supporting Tohoku's Recovery The Latest from Tohoku Disaster Region

                                                                                                                                                    Publication date:2012-04-03
                                                                                                                                                    It was at 2:46 pm on March 11, 2011, when the Tohoku region in Japan was struck by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggering a triple disaster of historic proportions. The next day AMDA' s emergency m

                                                                                                                                                    • Disaster Rehabilitation through Sports-AMDA Sports Project for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                      Publication date:2011-08-22
                                                                                                                                                      AMDA carried out the Sports Exchange for the rehabilitation of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami from Aug 2nd to Aug 6th 2011 in Okayama Prefecture. 46 junior high school soccer players aged from 12 to 15,

                                                                                                                                                      • Activity Summary: AMDA Emergency Relief for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                        Publication date:2011-05-06
                                                                                                                                                        Overview:Mar. 11: In response to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast of Japan, AMDA decided to dispatch its first emergency relief team.Mar. 12: AMDA team left for severe

                                                                                                                                                        • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #20: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                          Publication date:2011-04-24
                                                                                                                                                          AMDA team completed the transfer of work to local entities in both Iwate and Miyagi and ended all of its direct medical assistance on Apr. 20th. While most of AMDA personnel have withdrawn from the wo

                                                                                                                                                          • Photographs from AMDA teams: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                            Publication date:2011-04-21
                                                                                                                                                            Iwate Prefecture (the town of Ohtsuchicho):Handing out nutritional supplements at the evacuation centers.Miyagi Pref.(the town of Minamisanriku-cho): *The team in Miyagi will be active until Apr.

                                                                                                                                                            • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #18: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                              Publication date:2011-04-14
                                                                                                                                                              After one month has passed since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit north-east Japan, people in the afflicted regions participated in a silent prayer on Apr. 11th. Even now, innumerable

                                                                                                                                                              • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #17: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                                Publication date:2011-04-11
                                                                                                                                                                On Apr. 10th a number of volunteers gathered at a local temple in Okayama (home to AMDA) to sort out the stationery to be sent to the disaster victims in Ohstuchicho and Kamaishi City in Iwate Pref.

                                                                                                                                                                • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #16: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                                  Publication date:2011-04-08
                                                                                                                                                                  Iwate Prefecture (the town of Ohtsuchicho):AMDA has been continuing medical treatments at the evacuation centers and mobile clinic services in the vicinity. The common ailments include chronic diseas

                                                                                                                                                                  • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #15: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                                    Publication date:2011-04-06
                                                                                                                                                                    'AMDA to Support Local Doctors by Donating Temporary-Clinic Units'AMDA President, Dr. Shigeru Suganami held a press conference at AMDA Headquarters in Okayama, Japan on 5th April, announcing that AMDA

                                                                                                                                                                    • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #14: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                                      Publication date:2011-04-05
                                                                                                                                                                      In line with the ongoing medical relief, AMDA has started to shift its relief activities to rehabilitative assistance after three weeks have passed since the earthquake struck.AMDA President, Dr. Shig

                                                                                                                                                                      • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #13: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                                        Publication date:2011-04-02
                                                                                                                                                                        After three weeks have passed since the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami, the climate has become relatively mild from the time when the disaster struck Tohoku and Kanto regions. However, whilst t

                                                                                                                                                                        • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #12: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                                          Publication date:2011-04-01
                                                                                                                                                                          AMDA's medical teams, one in Iwate and one in Miyagi prefecture, are making untiring efforts towards caring for the victims and evacuees. On average, about ten to twenty staff work in each team at a

                                                                                                                                                                          • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #11: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

                                                                                                                                                                            Publication date:2011-03-29
                                                                                                                                                                            In response to an increasing number of requests coming in from foreign organizations in joining AMDA's relief work, AMDA has started to collaborate with the overseas relief teams. Iwate Prefecture (Ka

                                                                                                                                                                            • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #10: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                              Publication date:2011-03-27
                                                                                                                                                                              Iwate Prefecture (Kamaishi City and the town of Ohtsuchicho):1) OhtsuchichoThe medical infrastructure in the town of Ohtsuchicho was totally devastated due to the torrential tsunami. The clinics and

                                                                                                                                                                              • AMDA Receives Donation from Kurashiki Pilipino Circle (KPC)

                                                                                                                                                                                Publication date:2011-03-26
                                                                                                                                                                                On Mar. 24th, the executive members of Kurashiki Pilipino Circle (KPC) visited AMDA to make a donation for AMDA's relief work toward the Japan Earthquake.KPC is a group of Filippino people residin

                                                                                                                                                                                • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #9: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                  Publication date:2011-03-25
                                                                                                                                                                                  While aftershocks still continue in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures, current cold weather (snowing in some areas) poses an extra burden on those who are withstanding the aftermath. However, a good news

                                                                                                                                                                                  • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #8: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                    Publication date:2011-03-24
                                                                                                                                                                                    AMDA teams are ongoingly engaged in medical services both in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures. This report is on the activities in Kamaishi City and the town of Ohtsuchicho in Iwate Pref. as of Mar. 22nd.

                                                                                                                                                                                    • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #7: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                      Publication date:2011-03-23
                                                                                                                                                                                      After ten days have passed since AMDA teams entered the disaster sites, the local conditions are gradually showing recovery in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures. Telephone lines (mobile) and power supply

                                                                                                                                                                                      • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #6: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                        Publication date:2011-03-22
                                                                                                                                                                                        Still rattled by the frequent aftershocks, AMDA teams have been working in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures. Now that more than 10 days have passed since the occurrence of the earthquake, obvious fatigue

                                                                                                                                                                                        • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #5: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                          Publication date:2011-03-18
                                                                                                                                                                                          1) AMDA team in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture:AMDA team has been delivering mobile clinic services and relief goods to the nursing homes and schools (evacuation shelters) in Aoba and Miyagino Wards.

                                                                                                                                                                                          • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #4: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                            Publication date:2011-03-17
                                                                                                                                                                                            AMDA team in Kamaishi City and the Town of Ohzuchicho, Iwate Prefecture:On Mar. 15th four members of AMDA team working in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture moved to the adjacent Iwate Prefecture to work

                                                                                                                                                                                            • AMDA Calling For Donation-Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                              Publication date:2011-03-16
                                                                                                                                                                                              AMDA Headquarters Calling For Donation-Japan EarthquakeDear AMDA supporters,Thank you very much for your concern and assistance regarding our emergency relief for Japan Earthquake. Our teams in the af

                                                                                                                                                                                              • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #3: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                                Publication date:2011-03-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                Mar. 13th:Since Mar. 13th, AMDA teams have worked in the local nursing home in Aoba Ward, Sendai City. According to AMDA personnel, lifelines including electricity, water and phone lines have been cu

                                                                                                                                                                                                • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #2: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Publication date:2011-03-13
                                                                                                                                                                                                  On Saturday Mar. 12th, after obtaining relief items such as batteries, water and food supplies in Niigata (AMDA's hub located 250km southwest of Sendai) AMDA's first relief team comprising two doctors

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • AMDA Emergency Bulletin #1: Japan Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Publication date:2011-03-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                    In response to the catastrophic earthquake that hit northern Japan (mag. 8.8) on Friday, Mar. 11th, AMDA dispatched its emergency relief team from its headquarters in Okayama, western Japan. The exte

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGENCY RELIEF ACTIVITIES IN SAARC COUNTRIES, 13TH-14TH FEBRUARY 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Publication date:2009-03-14
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jointly organized by:  1. Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA International)2. Okayama University, Okayama, Japan3. Manipal University, Manipal, IndiaOn 12th February 2009, officials fro

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ER Initiatives for Vulnerable Groups - Niigata Earthquake in Japan

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Publication date:2004-10-28
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The earthquake that hit Niigata-Chuetsu area in east Japan revealed the serious needs for assistance toward vulnerable groups, especially the elders. As AMDA runs elderly nursing home in headquartered

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Emergency Relief for Kobe-Hanshin Great Earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Publication date:1995-01-31
                                                                                                                                                                                                          AMDA dispatched a medical relief team on the next day of the earthquake. Having local Osada Municipal Office as its relief hub, AMDA had set a temporal clinic and conducted mobile clinic services.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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