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Teams of Project HOPE medical volunteers began working in Japan in early May of 2011 to provide care to individuals and families in communities requiring medical assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country’s northeastern coast in March of 2011.

Since the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami, 45 HOPE volunteers have worked in Japan to assist thousands of patients requiring treatment for chronic and acute medical illnesses, including a large number of displaced elderly people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

After completing assessments of over 12 cities and towns affected by the disaster, Project HOPE adopted the town of Yamada-machi in the central east coast of Iwate prefecture, one of the most heavily damaged prefectures and towns. Beginning in March 2012, HOPE began supplying Yamada-machi with two Registered Nurses and one Physical Therapist on an ongoing basis to support an urgent request from the town’s mayor and health director to help staff the town’s destroyed hospital and public and private clinics.

HOPE is also implementing a Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami hospital reconstruction project in the town of Yamada-machi in partnership with local partner Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) and a generous donation of the Medtronic Foundation.

 

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