June 13, 2011
Japan 2011 © Yozo Kawabe/MSF
Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has begun to support the construction of two temporary clinics in the northeast of Japan, where the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami completely destroyed existing primary healthcare facilities.
MSF has been in the northeast area since the March 11 disaster. While the government’s recovery efforts continue, it will be several years before permanent medical facilities are rebuilt. The temporary clinics are expected to be used for three to five years, or until permanent facilities are ready.
Japan 2011 © Giulio Di Sturco/VII mentor
In Minami Sanriku, Miyagi prefecture, MSF will assist with the design, construction, and equipment of a primary-level clinic that will serve the local population of 23,000. In the town of Taro in Iwate prefecture, north of Minami Sanriku, MSF will assist in the refurbishment and equipping of a similar clinic located in a hotel.
Staff psychologists continue to engage in a range of outreach activities in the tsunami-affected region, including distributing leaflets and providing information via a community radio station set up by evacuees.
MSF has worked in Japan since 2004.
Tohoku activities and donations
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