Voice of the People Involved in the Health Interview Survey
and Health Assistance for Namie Evacuees
To utilize the experience gained from the health interview survey and assistance activities, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) and the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing (College of Nursing) conducted some interviews with those who were involved in the project.
People Who Took Part in the Project Launch
Being an entirely new attempt, the project underwent various deliberations before it was commenced. The interviews feature the stories recounted by the people involved in the project launch when they were struggling to find ways to ensure the well-being of the Namie evacuees suffering the lengthy displacement.
Mr. Tamotsu Baba, Mayor of Namie Town
The Mayor Baba recounted the circumstances that brought him into the partnership with the JRCS to collaborate in the healthcare administration of the Namie evacuees living in Iwaki City, due to the perennial displacement caused by the nuclear accident even a governor had never expected. He also evaluated the long-term activities of the JRCS, and shared his thoughts on the future of Namie, where some residents have recently begun to return to their homes. The interview took place at the Namie municipal government office, which restored its administrative function in April 2017.
Recounting by Mr. Tamotsu Baba, Mayor of Namie Town [PDF]
Individuals Concerned at the JRCS and the College of Nursing
The backdrop to the project and the importance of mid/long-term nursing care in case of disaster, was spelled out by the personnel who led the inception of the project at the JRCS, i.e.; Dr. Sanae Takada, President of the College of Nursing, Prof. Minako Morita and Lecturer/Assistant Professor Mie Naiki of the College of Nursing, and Ms. Kikuko Urata, then Director General of the Nursing Department of the JRCS.
Recounting by the individuals concerned at the JRCS and the College of Nursing [PDF]
People Involved in the Project and Those Who Were Provided with Support
The project involved a variety of relevant organizations and their staff. Those who worked to provide support and those who were provided with the support (or participated in the support programs) recounted their stories.
Staff at the Health Insurance Section of the Namie Municipal Government
With the former Namie residents displaced, scattered in and outside Fukushima Prefecture, providing health service support to the Namie evacuees living in Iwaki City was a challenge. The staff at the Health Insurance Section of the Namie municipal government, who worked for the project on the part of the municipality, gave an account of the experience.
Recounting by the staff at the Health Insurance Section of the Namie Municipal Government [PDF]
Staff at the Relevant Organizations
The Follow-up Health Interview Activities were carried out forming an alliance with the personnel who were stationed regularly at the Iwaki branches of the Namie municipal government, the Soso Public Health and Welfare Office, and the Fukushima Center for Disaster Mental Health. The individuals who were involved in the project at these organizations commented on the activities.
Recounting by the staff at the relevant organizations [PDF]
Staff at the JRCS Public Health Room for Namie
The JRCS set up a local office (subsequently renovated as the JRCS Public Health Room for Namie) in Iwaki City for it to function as the hub of the project activities. With the staff members stationed there on a regular basis, the facility was where the Follow-up Health Interview Activities and the Salon activities were undertaken. The staff at the Public Health Room recounted their activities.
Recounting the Follow-up Health Interview Activities [PDF]
Recounting the Salon Activities [PDF]
Mothers who Participated in the Moms’ Salon Program
Intended for mothers who have preschoolers or toddlers, the “Moms’ Salon” is one of the project’s programs, organized at the JRCS Public Health Room for Namie. The mothers shared their thought on the Moms’ Salon activities.
Recounting by mothers participated in Moms’ Salon [PDF]