Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 created one of the largest public health crises in Japanese history. Thousands of people were left homeless and in critical need of food, clothing, clean water, and medical care. In addition, many faced the threat of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, which is estimated to be the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
At the one-year anniversary of this disaster, NBR spoke with Sumie Ishii, Managing Director of the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), about the short- and long-term health impacts of the earthquake and tsunami, particularly on women and mothers, and the current state of relief efforts in Japan today.
Read the full interview.