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Developing an individualized approach to people and communities

In Japan, disaster prevention policies are developed and implemented according to the following principles:
1. Self-help - people should take care of their own affairs;
2. Public help - the government should protect people’s lives and property; and,
3. Mutual help - workplace or community members should mutually help each other.

As a part of their self-help efforts, many households may have already bought emergency kits or made suitable arrangements to ensure their family members’ safety in times of disaster.
As for public help, you can easily imagine the services provided by persons such as fire fighters and police officers on duty in disaster stricken areas.

What, then, is the principle of mutual help?

In fact, the core idea of the mutual help principle saved many people’s lives during the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Responding to the resulting tsunami, people urged their next-door neighbors to rapidly evacuate to higher ground for safety.  Within one week after both the earthquake and the tsunami, members of special disaster prevention units, which were organised by local community volunteer groups, operated as many as 2,182 emergency shelters.

The 2014 White Paper on Disaster Management in Japan released by the Cabinet Office asserted the limitation of the public help principle, stating:
“The disaster of the Great East Japan Earthquake revealed that the government’s capacity was limited in reaching out to each victim and also that the public’s help was insufficient. In order to reduce the resulting damage from similar massive disasters, such as the earthquake anticipated to occur directly beneath the Tokyo Metropolitan Area or Nankai Trough that lies widely under the coast of Tokai areas, it is essential to increase manpower which in turn encourages self-help and mutual-help by local communities.”

In our communities, there is a wide range of differing groups of people each with their unique circumstances, from the young or elderly, sexual minorities, and foreign nationals to name a few.

Regarding diversity, if a compassionate approach to disaster response is a key to success then each victim of a disaster should be treated, and receive support, equally to help rebuild their lives.

Although Tohoku regions are nationally known to have strong community ties, they still face a number of difficulties when working together such as running emergency shelters during evacuations.

The following are three typical issues regularly faced by people. The first issue is one of noise. Many families with young children, worried that their children may disturb others in the emergency shelters, often choose to return to and live in their partly collapsed houses. The second issue is the shortage of multipurpose toilets in emergency shelters.  There is commonly a shortage of toilets for wheelchair users and people with other disabilities. The third issue is of privacy. Many women in particular find it difficult to retain a sense of their privacy in even the most routine actions such as changing clothes or sleeping at night with other evacuees (including males).
Taking into account those experiences, local governments throughout the region have recently undertaken a new approach to these issues. The governments have reviewed their emergency plans and shelter operation manuals, and female leaders have undertaken to find out solutions for the issues raised above.

In the disaster stricken areas of Tohoku, many people have dedicated themselves to developing stronger hometowns to prevent and manage natural disasters. The aim is for every resident to ensure their own safety and the residents willingly participate to support their community.

JEN’s project in Tohoku regions is now focusing on “partnership-based projects”, in which JEN provides funding and technical support for both local NPO’s and organizations that are involved in supporting activities for marginalized people in disaster affected areas. One of our current partners is the Training Center for Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction (GDRR). GDRR is now arranging to conduct a workshop at one of the disaster affected areas in Tohoku along with a local organization, where GDRR’s instructors will focus on how to include diversity into disaster prevention.

People in disaster stricken areas carry out “build back better” (cited at the U.N. (2015) World Conference on Disaster Reduction) steps.

【The coastal area of Rikuzentakada, Iwate Prefecture, is used as a temporary disposal site for waste soil and road traffic is rerouted until March 3, 2019.】

【The miracle survivor pine tree in Rikuzentakada】

【The old building that used be a roadside station, Takatamatsubara, with a blue line showing the evidence of the 14.5 metre tsunami.】


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June 30, 2016 in Tohoku earthquake |

JEN’s Staff first visit to South Waziristan Agency, FATA

Kar Tangai is one of the most populous village in Tehsil Sarwakai ,  South Waziristan Agency, FATA.


Its total population is approximately 2800 individuals. These people have returned to their homes couple of month back. Despite immediate response from government in terms of cash transfer these populations are living in extreme hot weather. They have inadequate access to shelter, food, health, education, livelihoods and protection etc. The populations are living in very miserable conditions amid season of Ramadan.


However they people of the area are very brave in front of the circumstances and they are more then committed to withstand all these hardships and make sure that their return is sustainably dignified. Some local NGOs are working on health and protection projects however the gaps are paramount.

Land of this village is very fertile. Kar Tangai was famous for apricot and apple fruit production in the past. Maize is the major cereal crop in summer season. The main source of livelihood is horticulture. It was famous for vegetables production before conflict, but unfortunately all the irrigation sources like tube wells and irrigation channels from a perennial stream are completely destroyed during conflict.


The irrigated lands are completely barren due to conflict. The average land is 10 acres per individual. According to the farmers this land is very rich for kitchen gardening and seasonal crops. JENs Implementing Partner had meetings with the community elders regarding project activities and identified around 100 families from this village. JEN will provide them with maize seeds, vegetable seed for kitchen gardening, and agriculture tool kits. JEN will also assist the target beneficiaries with land reclamation and rehabilitation.



Total caseload of the project is 1850 families. The target beneficiaries are very hopeful for positive impact of this agriculture support project on their livelihoods and food security.

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June 30, 2016 in Pakistan |

JEN’s Hygiene Education Program

Most of the children in the community were always getting sick, they always affected from diarrhea, cold and many other diseases. The reason is community use of open defecation, not washing hand with soap regularly, open water sources often contaminated by animals or by students and villagers themselves and a lack of understanding about basic hygiene practices and health.

The importance of hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many diseases. When the kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose or mouth and once they are infected, it's time the whole family comes down with the same illnesses.
JEN has provided three days Hygiene training for teachers through teachers to their students and families to increase the knowledge of students and communities regarding the importance of hygiene in life like hygiene of water, Personal hygiene, Environmental hygiene and Food hygiene.

[A view of the teachers during JEN Hygiene Education]

[Teachers while practically washing hands with soap during Hygiene Education]

In these three days training teachers learned enough about hygiene education. One of the teachers expressed his happiness and said that the program was very interesting and useful. I appreciate JEN for organizing such training. He said that we did not take care of our personal hygiene before; we took it easy although it was so important.

A female teacher added that we learned about hygienic and unhygienic food. The unhygienic food can put our life at risk. Food hygiene is essential to ensure that the food our family eats is safe because we cannot see germs. Correct food storage and preparation is necessary to keep food safe and to help our family against germs. So we need to make sure our kitchen and the foods are safe and everything is protected from germs. It is important to wash our hands thoroughly with soap and water before cooking foods.

She said that besides practicing these messages in our daily lives our commitment with JEN is to transfer these HE messages to our students, inspire them to practice these messages and in the end emphasize them to transfer these messages to their families and community which is the main purpose of JEN’s Hygiene Education training to teachers.

[A view of female teacher while interviewing]

During student’s hygiene education PRE-KAP survey a teacher said observing of personal hygiene play positive role in our student life, if our students take care of personal hygiene, wash hand with soap properly, know the time of teeth brushing, so it could rescue them from the diseases.

It is mentionable that JEN’s Hygiene Education training for teachers covered 748 teachers of 30 schools in Charikar who are going to teach the Hygiene Education messages to their students during next 6 months.
During this 6 month teaching process JEN will have a 3 time monthly monitoring of students Hygiene Education activities. A student’s POST-KAP survey and Door to Door survey of students household will be conducted in the end of the Hygiene Education program to show Hygiene Education program impact on students, on their families and community.

[A student during PRE-KAP survey with JEN Field staff]

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June 30, 2016 in Afghanistan |


Restoration of schools in the surrounding area of Baghdad

JEN has been conducting assistance activities in Iraq since 2003.

After the collapse of the Hussein administration, education environment is constantly worsening. In light of this situation, JEN is  restoring school buildings and sanitary facilities in order to support children, who are often socially vulnerable.

The pictures show the completion of restoration efforts at an elementary school in Baghdad. JEN restored water sanitation facilities that were destroyed due to mal-maintenance and conflicts. This school plans to conduct sanitary education targeting students and teachers in the future.




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June 23, 2016 in Iraq |

Effective support for people in Mashiki city

When you drive a car from Kumamoto city to Mashiki city, the road side view in Mashiki shows serious damages of the earthquake. The city was one of the most severely hit disaster areas.
The population of the city is approximately 30,000, of which one in ten people, approx. 3.000, still stay at emergency shelters.


Although the collapsed buildings cannot be used any longer, many of the earthquake victims hope to collect their belongings from the buildings such as cars, agricultural equipment and so on. Some oraganisations with construction expertise, operate heavy machinery to assist victims with recovering their belongings.”


The recovery work has been insufficient in every corner of Masaki city due to the severe damages. As a result, some victims assist in the recovery process by co-operating with the oraganisations.
In order to support the victims; JEN provides safety shoes, as it protects people from injuries by heavy equipment.

JEN has also started to rent vehicles, as we encourage removing debris.


JEN carries on effectively support the people in Mashiki city.

June 23, 2016 in Kumamoto |

How to cope with the dry season in Sri Lanka


Do you know what this photo is about?

This pot, made by cement, is a rainwater-harvesting tank that is used in Sri Lanka. We don’t see such pots in Japan, but it is used to save rainwater during the dry season. The size varies from 5,000 liters to 30,000 liters. The shape of the pots also varies, from pots like the pumpkin-shape pot in the photo, to pots that are either half or fully buried in the ground.

Saved water in the rainwater-harvesting tank is used every day for drinking and washing and can also be used for agriculture.

In Sri Lanka, people used to save rainwater in an artificial reservoir maintained from long ago. However, people have recently begun using tanks like this at their homes. Now, tens of thousands of tanks are used mainly in agricultural areas.

The tank saves rainwater through a downpipe from a roof. It provides water for families even when they face water shortages during the dry season. It may be low technology, but we can describe it as a revolution.

Sri Lanka may be famous for being a country with a lot of rain, however, the annual precipitation in the northern area of the country is only 1,200 mm, which is less than the annual precipitation recorded in Tokyo. Therefore, water storage and water-saving measures are a matter of life and death for people living in this region.

You may be concerned about drinking rainwater, but the air in rural areas is clean. Hence, the rainwater is not contaminated with pollution and causes no problem for use in everyday life. Depending on the family, some people do choose to chlorinate the collected rainwater.

The rainwater-harvesting tank has many advantages including, for example, providing accessibility to safe water during the dry season and assisting with preventing flooding during the rainy season. However, it also has certain disadvantages, such as the expensive construction fee, making it difficult to obtain the tank for low-income households in rural areas. The government provides subsidies to assist in solving such issues, but they still need to promote it.

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June 23, 2016 in Sri Lanka |


Spreading the hygiene education and Disaster Risk Reduction messages to the community through School Management Committee

JEN is committed to bring positive changes in the hygiene habits, attitude and behavior of the people in its targeted area. For this purpose JEN mainly focuses on students but beside that JEN also aims to spread the messages to the masses and change the attitude and behavior of local people. This year’s JEN included Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) along with hygiene education (HE) program to aware the students and local community about the methods and techniques survive through the disasters.

For more and widespread impact, JEN plan to train the School Management Committee (SMC) members on hygiene education and DRR. After getting trained these SMC members will not only implement the knowledge to their daily lives but they will also spread the messages to their respective families and communities.. SMC is the best tool for spreading the messages in the entire communities in an easy, efficient and effective way.

As mentioned above JEN planned to train SMC members on hygiene education as well as Disaster Risk Reduction. For this purpose JEN organized training on hygiene education for SMCs. The training will be conducted to SMCs of 30 schools in district Charikar. Hygiene education training was started on May 17th 2016. The trainings will be completed on June 14th 2016.

Apart from that JEN organized Disaster Risk Reduction training for SMCs of 20 schools in district Charikar. The training sessions were started on May 16th 2016 and completed on June 9th 2016. SMCs will be responsible for reinforcement of DRR education at school and community levels. JEN staff will follow up the role and progress of SMCs. A follow up training for SMCs will also be conducted. At the end of the project JEN will give plan of action to the SMCs to continue their role after JEN evacuation. In addition JEN will link SMCs with Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) for future trainings and follow up by the government department. This mechanism will ensure sustainable integration of the DRR education into schools and community. 

Keeping in mind the experiences of previous years, JEN is sure that these SMC members will not only adopt this knowledge into their daily lives but they will definitely pass it to their families and community.

[JEN field team giving training on Hygiene education to the SMC members at Hofyan Sharif Boys Middle School on 19-May-2016]

[A view of SMC members during DRR training sessions at Omer Farooq  Boys High School on 08 to 09-June-2016]

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June 16, 2016 in Afghanistan |

Gender mainstreaming in Agriculture Project

Gender promotion is a cross-cutting issue in JEN’s agriculture support project for returnees in Bara, Khyber Agency, FATA. In order to have gender sensitive project, JEN tried to mainstream it in all phases of the project cycle management including design, implementation and monitoring. To achieve this, JEN followed gender inclusive criteria for the selection of beneficiaries. Priority was given to most vulnerable communities members like widows, elderly headed household, child headed HHs, disable peoples, and chronically ill persons.

During assessment ten villages were explored and 1,250 beneficiaries’ households were enlisted in the targeted villages by doing door to door assessment jointly with community organization members and other notables of the respective hamlets. Project implemented following main steps to ensure gender mainstreaming.

- Proper orientation of the stakeholders, community and community organizations
- Enlisting of all households was carried out by project areas community
- Project specifically collected information related to women vulnerabilities and included households where women were facing problems
- At houses where no men were head of households project facilitated women households either directly through community organizations or by relatives of the respective households
- Project facilitated 1,250 women in getting trainings, seeds and toolkits in all villages.

All information were collected and segregated at gender level. Women and girls were taken as key vulnerable target groups and most of the households were selected based on the gender vulnerability only. Out of the 1,250 total project caseload; 956 men headed HHs and 294 women headed HHs were selected as project beneficiaries. 162 HHs were selected based on persons with disabilities. 90 HHs were selected based on persons with chronic diseases. Actual gender market of the project was 2a as significant attention was given to gender in this project including women, men, elderly; people with disability, people with chronic illness and children headed HHs.

The two activities through which gender mainstreaming was considered were,
1- Following the vulnerability criteria for selection of beneficiaries and
2- Kitchen gardening activities where 1,250 women beneficiaries were provided with vegetable seeds, tools and trainings.

Out of 10 target villages, project staff was not allowed in only 1 village to access female beneficiaries for kitchen gardening. JEN respected the local culture and norms and did not push community elders to go against their norms. JEN finally trained the female beneficiaries.

[Distribution to Elderly People]

[Distribution to persons with disability]

[Training of female beneficiaries by JEN-SDO staff on kitchen gardening]

[Training of male beneficiaries by agriculture department staff on agriculture technology]..

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June 16, 2016 in Pakistan |


Introduction of Sri Lanka Office Staff (Technical / Logistics Team)

[Kugan (Kilinochchi Field Officer)]


I am Kugan and I live in Kilinochchi. I have six members in my family. My father is a farmer and my mother is a Housewife. I have two brothers and a sister. I got married last year.

I have completed Secondary education and am now in my second year of external degree in Social science at University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka.  I have been working with JEN for 3 years now. JEN supports disaster affected people in Sri Lanka and our current project name is “Assistance in Livelihood and Community Strengthening for Returnees in the North”.  As Field Officer, I spend the time mostly with our Beneficiaries, encouraging them to strengthen their income base through agriculture using our assistance.  My aim is to enhance support to the people with special needs or people with disabilities and see them live with equal rights enjoyed by other people. 

In my free time I engage in social work in my own village. My other field of interests are playing, reading story books and talking with people. About my Achievements, I passed the Degree in social science course and recently obtained the certificate.

[Ashok (Kilinochchi/Mullaitivu Senior Technical Officer)]


I am Ashok Kumar known as Ashok working for JEN for nearly two years in JEN. I entered JEN in the capacity of Technical Officer from October 2014 and was promoted as Senior Technical Officer in March 2015. I spend my time mostly with our beneficiaries and designing wells and constructing agro wells to the selected beneficiaries to uplift the living standard.

I prefer to work for JEN since JEN is giving comprehensive support to the selected beneficiaries in the field of Agriculture. I have over 28 years of experience in UN, INGOs and in national NGOs.

In my past experience, I worked closely with civil society organizations to write proposals and implement projects to enhance community development through business, agriculture, environment protection, good governance, human rights and climate change. I have particular interest in working with vulnerable communities and groups such as IDPs, abused Children, and Single parent families, disable persons, war and post war conditions.

I enjoy bird watching as a hobby and often go to the natural tanks to see the birds in the morning. I put my hammock up and wait to see the beautiful birds with my binoculars.  Once I almost got attacked by an elephant while visiting a site!

[Niroshan (Kilinochchi Technical Officer)]


My name is A. Niroshan and I live in Vavuniya.  I was originally living in Jaffna, but was displaced in 1995 during the war.

I have completed my Secondary education in Technical studies in the field of Civil Engineering (NCT Civil), then completed advance diploma in Civil Engineering in City and Guilds. Formerly, I worked with Road Development Department (RDD) in 2009 and then moved to District Rehabilitation Resettlement Secretariat (DRRS) in Vavuniya. My first experience with NGO started with my work with Room to Read as engineer.

I am currently working with JEN as Technical Officer, working for the war affected resettled population in the north of Sri Lanka.  I have been with JEN for almost 1 year.  As Technical Officer, I spend my time mostly with our beneficiaries in monitoring the construction of agro wells and community buildings like ACS.

I enjoy spending my time in the nature and having pets and aquarium. My special interests are in fancy birds like lovebirds.

[Dilson (Kilinochchi Technical Officer)]

I am Chandrasingha Dilson. I am qualified in the field of Civil Engineering and have been working with JEN since 2013. Initially I started my career in JEN as Logistic Officer and then moved to the Technical officer position since I had experience and qualification in the technical field.  I like my position as technical officer and as it is more related to the field of my study.
I am interested in addressing the issues of global warming and have been involved in organic agriculture, Aqua culture and the coconut estate farming through environmentally friendly approaches. I am also involved in ornament collection and enjoy collecting antique books. In my free time, I also develop my technical studies in the relevant field to update my professional qualification.
I like to work with the communities through JEN’s work. JEN’s approach also very much interests me and am looking forward to continuing to work with JEN through the current project.

[Sutharsan (Mullaitivu Technical Officer)]

I am selvakumar- Sutharsan. I was bon 1981-05-03, and I lived in Visuvamadu, Mullaitivu.  I have finished my highest study of Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering (HNDE (civil)) at ATI Jaffna. I have a 13-year experience in construction field, including serving as a consultant at construction sites. I have a wonderful opportunity to join JEN on 1 October 2015. This is the great opportunity to work with vulnerable people and I definitely give my best in this people.

In my work with JEN, I was responsible for monitoring the well construction in Othiyamalai and Tachchadampan work sites.  Under my supervision, JEN worked with the contractors to complete 10 wells in Othiyamalai and 5 wells in Tachchadampan.  In that process, I helped with the contractor selection too. I was also responsible for completing the ACS building at Othiyamalai. My responsibilities included reporting on major issues and solving each problem in coordination with the Senior Technical Officer and Project officer.

For the current project, I have worked with the team to conduct the baseline survey work, BOQ preparation for the wells and contributed to the well design.

[Freedan (Kilinochchi Logistics Officer)]

Hello everybody my name is Freedan. Am working For JEN as a logistic officer in Kilinochchi. I was born in 1989 in Kilinochchi. Due to the civil war, I went to Colombo and I completed my studies in Colombo.

I started my career with Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland (INGO) as a Register Officer, Supervisor and a Translator. Then I moved to UNOPS, UNICEF, UNDP, Assistant commissioner of local government as data collecting supervisor in Manic Farm IDP Camp in Vavuniya.

In 2009 I came back to Kilinochchi and worked for the HALO Trust organization as a logistic officer for five years until Jan 2015. I also worked for Holcim Larfage Cement Company from Nov 2015 to May 2016 as a sales promotion officer in Kilinochchi.

With all this work experience, I am sure I can support JEN for the projects and I will work hard in order to achieve the organization’s goals. Once again I thank JEN for helping the poor people and helping these people to build their lives better.

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June 9, 2016 in Sri Lanka |

Cattle Markets Survey

One of the components of JEN Mminitory of Forigen Affires (MOFA)funded livestock sector project in Khyber Agency, and FATA is distribution of Achai cows to the vulnerable beneficiaries. Achai cows are   small size which is the natural habitant of Dir, Chitral, Swat, Malakand districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (PK) province. Due to its high production on comparatively low feed consumption, the animals are available throughout in KP province. For this purpose, JEN team visited livestock markets in the surrounding areas of Peshawar and Mardan with a purpose to have an idea of availability and approximate prices in the Market. This analysis in the future will help us in procurement of the animals according to the specifications.

JEN team visited the livestock market of Sarband Peshawar, about 30 km from the city. Sarband livestock market is quite huge and a large number of people bring their livestock from the district of Peshawar and surrounding nearby districts like Charsadda, Swabi, Kohat etc. On Friday we  visited Rashakai animal market that held in Rashakai area of Mardan district. On Monday last week we visited the animal market of Rustam in District Mardan.


In all the three districts the number of livestock was very high consisted of different breeds of species like Cattle, Buffalo, Sheep and Goats etc. The number of Achai cows at all the three said that market was not sufficient and we found very few Achai cows that were according to the specifications of JEN. However, we visited individual farmers of Achai cows in district Mardan on the same day. In the individual visits, however we found that a large number of people keep this Achai cows in some parts of the districts. We negotiated with them about the age, size, milk production and price.  They had a large number of Achai cows of different specifications and JEN can contact them when need arises.


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June 9, 2016 in Pakistan |

World Health Day

Iraq celebrated World Health Day, an event held in the country every year.

JEN was invited to this year’s event and distributed posters and brochures with pictures of JEN’s contribution to Iraq society as well as hygiene materials provided to schools.


Mr.Afmad, the representative of sports activities, made the opening remark. There were a lot of questions about JEN’s activity during the Q&A session.


The Ministry of Education in Baghdad performed a drama and read a poem to raise awareness of maintaining a hygienic environment, staying healthy and protecting the environment.


JEN received acknowledgement and praise from participants and a letter of appreciation from Ministry of Education.

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June 9, 2016 in Iraq |


Interview with Qadam Bai regarding Heating material distribution

Name: Qadam Bai
Age: 47
Village: Khumbak

Last year during spring the flood came and collapsed my house completely which located in that valley. Then I construct the new house here in main village and shifted to the new house but unfortunately the previous earthquake struck it very hard and destroys 2 rooms of my house.

Both of these disasters were tragedy for me but the difference is that last year no one help me but this year you (JEN) and other NGOs assist me for FI, NFI and heating materials.

I am so thankful to JEN in this regards that help me and other villager for heating materials to have a safe and warm winter and would like to suggest JEN for providing shelter construction and Disaster Risk Reduction training.

[Qadam Bai house which hardly struck by earthquake]

[Qadam Bai with his children while using JEN’s heating materials]

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June 2, 2016 in Afghanistan |

JEN Begins Assisting Fukushima’s Mothers and Babies

Currently, JEN is working on partnership-based projects, in which we provide funding and technical support to its partners, who are local NPOs or organizations involving in support activities for marginalized people in disaster-affected areas.

In June 2016, JEN chose Fukushima Midwife Association as a partner and began supporting its “Midwife-driven Comprehensive Expectant and Nursing Mothers Support Project.” Midwives are experts in helping expectant mothers, nursing mothers, as well as their babies, both physically and mentally. Only those who passed the national exam can work as midwives unless they already have nursing qualifications.

According to “the Survey on Expectant Mothers and Nursing Mothers” conducted by Fukushima Prefecture in 2014, 12 percent of those mothers in Fukushima suffered from postpartum depression, which was 3 percent higher than the national average. Frequent phone calls and consultation requests for help from the Midwife Association indicate that many mothers are concerned about their mental or health conditions or are isolated from the society causing absence of child-raising assistance.

After the earthquake, many families with small children left Fukushima to escape from the daunting living conditions. Since those who chose to stay also feel unconfident about raising their children, Fukushima Prefecture implemented a policy which grants mothers and babies short stays at maternity centers. Besides being commissioned to perform this plan, the Fukushima Midwife Association is also conducting its own project of:

- holding a prenatal class;
- providing a place for nursing mothers to communicate with each other;
- providing a dietary education about proper infant diets.

Five years have passed since the earthquake, yet this kind of mother and baby health project is still rare to see across the country, which deserves recognition and acceptance among other local governments in Fukushima Prefecture. Therefore, we will be helping the Association regarding funding, presenting this program to local governments, and preparing necessary documents for policy promotion targeting other local governments, until December 2018.

【The inspection of internal radiation dose is being conducted.】


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June 2, 2016 in Tohoku earthquake |