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About Boston- Japan Medical Relief Initiative
The Boston-Japan Medical Relief Initiative (BJMRI) was formed immediately following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 in order to coordinate Boston-area physicians, hospitals, medical research centers, and other concerned parties to help address the ensuing medical crisis in Japan. BJMRI is a member of the Harvard for Japan Alliance under Medical Support.
Our mission is to effectively mobilize the medical and public health communities of the Boston area in response to the Great Tohoku Earthquake that devastated coastal regions in Tohoku, Japan on March 11, 2011. Our activities focus on mid- to long-term disaster relief and reconstruction assistance, include the following:
Objectives and Activities
A. Dispatch of native Japanese physicians to affected areas
Our primary aim is to coordinate the temporary dispatch of physicians to hospitals and other treatment centers in the affected areas effectively. Based on their needs with our physicians' expertise and availability, we coordinate the physicians and arrange the schedule.
B. Development of volunteer organization: Boston-Japan Medical Relief Initiative
Over the long term, we will maintain our commitment to bringing together health care professionals throughout the Boston area. Through the meetings, the reports from the dispatched physician and BJMRI’s website, we intend to serve as a liaison between the Boston-area medical community and hospitals in the affected areas.
C. Shipment of medical supplies and other relief goods
We transport medical and other relief goods at the request of the affected areas in Japan
Toko Hashimoto, MD, PhD
Yusuke Tsugawa, MD
Tanaka Yoshihiro, MD, PhD
Susumu Watada, MD
Research Fellow, Department of Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Fumiaki Imamura, PhD
Ogata Accounting Office
Boston Higashi School
Legal Relations Officer
Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Social Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Former Vice President, Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research
Former Professor of Medicine, Harvard-BIDMC
BJMRI phase 1 project (dispatching health care professionals to afflicted area) was supported byJapan Disaster Relief Fund Boston. BJMRI phase 2 project (medical anthropology project) is supported by
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
BJMRI is generously supported by:
- Japan Disaster Relief Fund Boston
- Mr. Daisuke and Mrs.Tomoyo Matsuzaka (The Boston Red Sox)
We also gratefully acknowledge following organizations and individuals for their support:
- Boston International Travel
- Envirome Inc.
- ants Inc.
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Japan Universal Disaster Relief Headquarters
- Ms. Mari Okazaki
- Eastern Mountain Sports