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Emergency appeal for earthquake in northern Japan


Oxfam Japan works through local accountable organizations to cover areas that are not well covered by existing supports.

Oxfam Japan wishes to extend its heartfelt prayers and condolences to the victims of the March 11 Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake. We also pray for the swift and safe return of the many people still missing in the disaster area.

In the midst of this unprecedented crisis, medical staff, corporations, the government and the local people affected by the disaster themselves continue to provide aid on a large scale. Particularly in the event of humanitarian crises within developing countries, where the domestic infrastructure is often insufficient to address these emergency needs, Oxfam provides broad support in areas such as fresh water provision and the maintenance of sanitary conditions. In the case of this earthquake, the Japanese Government is gradually ramping-up aid in these areas, so we have instead looked at where we as an NGO might be of most assistance. We have begun to provide support to address difficult areas such as the care of pregnant women, infants, as well as in the support of residents with limited Japanese language skills.

By partnering with local and regional midwife associations, preventive health care associations, and Multilanguage Center FACIL who best understand the immediate needs on the ground, we are most effectively able to identify and provide direct support to those most in need. At this point, this is the manner in which Oxfam is best positioned to help the victims of the Tsunami. Oxfam Japan has received many messages of support as well as financial contributions on behalf of those Japanese in need from Oxfam chapters in Asia, Africa Europe, South and North America and other areas across the globe.

Just as the Japanese people have helped so many people in the developing world get back on their feet in the face of poverty, natural disasters and conflicts, the same spirit of support extends back from across the world to the Japanese people.

During this time of crisis and until full recovery is achieved, we will continue to do our utmost to help.

30th March, 2011
Oxfam Japan

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Our activities

16th March, 2011

Oxfam Japan will be working with partners in Japan on providing support to those on the margins of society who might otherwise have difficulty accessing emergency relief.

1) Assisting mothers and babies

Oxfam Japan will channel funds to the Japan Organization for International Cooperation on Family Planning (JOICFP). Together with the Japanese Midwives’ Association and local doctors, the groups with help breast-feeding mothers by providing them with privacy and their babies with diapers and other products. They are offering counseling to women under high stress.

a) Providing diapers and other products
b) Support formothers and babies at home
c) Counseling to women under high stress

For more details,
Tohoku Earthquake Relief Mission Report (April 2) by Giles Murray(6th April)
Tohoku Earthquake Relief Mission Report (April 1) by Giles Murray(6th April)
Tohoku Earthquake Relief Mission Report (March 30, 31) by Giles Murray(5th April)
Report from Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture (March 31)(5th April)
Deliveries of Support Materials to Pregnant Women and Babies(31st March)
The first shipment from Oxfam has arrived in Iwate(31st March)
Shipment sanitary products & diapers(23rd March)
Support for mothers, babies and women(19th March)

2) Regional information support

Another partner – the multi-language centre FACIL (http://www.tcc117.org/facil) – is helping non-Japanese speaking nationals living in affected areas. FACIL was set up as a response to the Kobe earthquake in 1995. It has set up a hotline for people to get information and is translating and re-publishing information put out by local authorities.

a) Distribution of radios
b) Providing disaster information (on the website and on site)
c) Support for "The multilingual support center for the Tohoku Earthquake out at ocean"

For more details,
Disribution of radios(23rd March)

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