A group of physicians at the Harvard-affiliated hospitals are organizing a specialized volunteer group of medical professionals to assist in the relief effort, and are also looking for other volunteers to aid in communications and other operational issues that do not require medical knowledge. Below is their message.
Our mission is to effectively mobilize members of the Boston-area medical and public health community in response to the Great Tohoku Earthquake that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Our activities focus on mid- to long-term disaster relief and reconstruction assistance:
- Organizing and sending volunteer groups of specialized medical professionals to the afflicted areas, in collaboration with the All Japan Hospital Association and other Japan-based partners.
- Dispatching physicians on an individual basis to hospitals and treatment centers at afflicted areas facing shortages of medical specialists (e.g. psychiatrists, pediatricians, obstetricians and gynecologists).
- Sending medical and other relief supplies to the affected areas through non-governmental organizations endorsed by the Japanese government.
- Other disaster relief and reconstruction assistance activities.
A brief report of our mission to Soma City can be seen here (PDF).
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Dr. Toko Hashimoto, or contact us through our website.