Long-term Psycho-social Impact of Natural Disasters on Survivors in Japan


Over the past few decades, the frequency and severity of natural disasters have exacerbated. A resulting document from the 3rd UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2025 (SFDRR) , highlights the fundamental role of health in disaster risk management (DRM) and emphasizes the need of scientific evidence in this research area.

WHO Kobe Centre (WKC), in cooperation with the National Center for Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP) and Hyogo Institute for Traumatic Stress, has brought together 21 Japanese experts to work on a comprehensive review of DRM in Japan with a focus on psycho-social interventions.

World Diabetes Day, 14 November

World Health Day 2016 poster

World Diabetes Day, celebrated annually on 14 November, is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign and draws attention to issues of diabetes in order to keep diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future. This theme emphasizes the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk of or living with diabetes to essential medicines and technologies. It highlights special concern on pregnant women who require adequate access to screening, care and education to achieve positive health outcomes for both the mother and child. The theme also encourages women and girls to lead healthy lifestyles to improve the health and wellbeing of future generations.

Consultation on community-based social innovations for healthy ageing (CBSI)

From 17 to 18 October 2017, 18 experts and researchers were convened to participate in a consultation on community-based social innovations (CBSIs) for healthy ageing.

The research on CBSIs had as its starting point the key question of how older people can become a resource for themselves and their peers. This research also explored links these people had with local health and care systems.

WKC’s research project on CBSIs started in 2014. The consultation this past October is a key milestone in the second phase of the research, which was implemented by RAND Europe with the support of local partners in several countries.

WKC Forum – “Think about Health For All with the WHO Kobe Centre”

In commemoration of the establishment of “Health Innovation City Kobe,” on September 23, WHO Kobe Centre held a joint WKC Forum with Kobe City entitled, “Think about Health For All with the WHO Kobe Center.” This forum was held in the Kobe Port Pia Hotel, and drew the attendance of approximately 150 members of the general public.

Dr Sarah Louise Barber, Director of WHO Kobe Centre gave a presentation entitled, “WKC’s New Research – UHC, Innovations, and Aging.” Followed by Dr Ryoma Kayano, Technical Officer at WHO Kobe Centre, he gave a presentation on the topic of the “Kobe Dementia Study.”

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