Mental health and psychosocial support Many people who had been forced from their homes by the earthquake and radiation crisis felt that there were no places they could go to alleviate feelings of anxiety and loneliness. International Medical Corps is supporting partners Japan Volunteer Centre, Shapla Neer and The People to run community spaces throughout Fukushima Prefecture where evacuees can meet other evacuees; receive psychological support and take part in recreational workshops and activities.
International Medical Corps is also prioritising support for Fukushima’s evacuee-children. We worked with The Association for Aid and Relief to install playground equipment for the Gangoya Temporary Housing Complex which is home to 264 families. Through our partner IVY, International Medical Corps is also supporting the first day care centre for children of evacuee families from Fukushima. The majority of IVY staff are themselves evacuee-mothers.