1) JPA (Japan Patients Association) Contributions

Confirming safety of local patient groups and support determination:

  • Initial contact difficult due to communication network collapse
  • Days later we became aware that some directors survived in emergency shelters
  • DSeveral more days later, patient groups restored activities and continued to prioritize confirmation of members’ safety
  • DContact with NANBYOREN offices was unavailable due to the disaster causing extreme consternation as to the safety of the directors.
  • DFortunately, after a couple of more days, we began to hear from the directors and their harrowing survival stories.
  • DConsequently, it took some time before the groups could undertake their usual activities.