Lecture at the 35th Academic Conference of Japan Academy of Nursing Science
The Japan Academy of Nursing Science organizes an annual conference each year. In 2015, the 35th Academic Conference was held in Hiroshima on December 5 and 6. As part of the program, there was a relay of lectures entitled “Health effects from nuclear disasters and emergency response”. Masahito Yamazawa, Director General of Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), gave one of the lectures entitled “Efforts for Nuclear Disaster Preparedness as a relief organization”.
Mr. Yamazawa explained in his lecture as follows:
He referred to the following specific efforts that the JRCS has made:
He also mentioned the “Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery” (Guidelines) which were developed in parallel with these efforts. (The Guidelines were issued in March 2015.) With the assumption of a wide range of activities by JRCS staff and volunteers, the Guidelines describe activities that should be taken in preparedness, response and recovery phases based on the experience of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. In relief activities during a disaster, it is essential to ensure the safety of responders. Therefore, safety standards are clearly stated in the Guidelines.
In conclusion, Mr. Yamazawa said: (1) JRCS psychosocial care is still provided in Fukushima mainly by JRCS nurses; (2) the JRCS will go forward with collaboration with related organizations in Japan and abroad; (3) the JRCS will work on several challenges which it still needs to consider.
* International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies