Humanitarian Health Action

Japan: one year since triple catastrophe

March 2012 -- One year has passed since Japan suffered a triple catastrophe: an earthquake and a tsunami, followed by a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. As the lead agency for advice and assistance on public health, WHO has monitored the situation closely since the beginning of the emergency.

Related public health risk assessments and recommendations have been issued by WHO, such as in relation to potassium iodide intake, breastfeeding, food, water, travel, transport, trade and mental health. It has also provided technical support to national authorities including through WHO networks (such as REMPAN, INFOSAN). WHO has been actively engaged in partnerships with relevant agencies, and continues to work with collaborating centres, independent experts and UN organizations.