Global responsibility in mass casualty events: The Israeli experience in Japan
Keywords:earthquake, tsunami, mass disaster, humanitarian aid
Objective: To describe humanitarian aid following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Setting: A field hospital deployed in a small Japanese coastal village devastated by a major tsunami.
Patients: Thousands of Japanese refugees with minimal access to medical care.
Results: After well-coordinated diplomatic efforts, our medical delegation was the first foreign team to deploy in Japan. Our facility served as a regional referral center for specialized medical treatment.
Conclusions: Following major disasters, even highly modernized countries will face an urgent surge in the need of medical resources.These situations emphasize the need for global responsibility to provide assistance.
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