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  • Transporting relief items to hospitals in China ©PWJTransporting relief items to hospitals in China ©PWJ
  • A boy at Daman District colloecting food and coins ©SVAA boy at Daman District colloecting food and coins ©SVA
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Updated 11th June 2020
Updated 8th April 2020

The global spread of the novel coronavirus now warrants a global response, which is a necessary measure in protecting Japan as well. Especially for the parts of the world with ongoing humanitarian crises, there are serious concerns as to the effects of the coronavirus and the further spread of infections. Given these circumstances, we have updated the program overview below to reflect the current needs to control the deterioration of existing humanitarian crises while simultaneously responding to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At JPF, we will continue to determine and implement our assistance promptly based on the conditions and needs in the communities affected by this crisis. Your donation can be designated either "to Japan and all targeted locations internationally" or "only to Japan." If no designation is made, we will use your gift for all targeted locations.

【Webinar: Tomorrow on 29th July】~CSO role and its sustainability in new normal age~

28th July 2020 20:00

The society is rapidly changing with Coronavirus pandemic.
What specific adjustments do CSOs (civil society organizations) need to make in this new normal?
What are the specific challenges for humanitarian works in a COVID-19 era?

Tomorrow, on 29 July, a webinar, “How CSO Adapts Its Humanitarian Work towards the New Normal Age” is going to be held by Human Initiative (HI), Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI), Asian Disaster Reduction and Response(ADRRN) and International Council on Voluntary Agency (ICVA) in collaboration with Asian and the Pacific CSOs and CSO networks.

Along with other NGOs from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, the Pacific region and so on, JPF Co-Chairperson and General Secretary of ADRRN, Takeshi Komino, will be a moderator and Yuko Shibata, JPF Emergency Response General Manager, will join as a speaker.

Please come join us on the webinar from Zoom, Facebook and YouTube ☻

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 3-5PM (Japan time)
Language: English

For details click here:
https://bit.ly/WebinarIntl

【Webinar: Tomorrow on 29th July】~CSO role and its sustainability in new normal age~

2HJ Assisting People in Need in Japan

26th June 2020 23:00

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Second Harvest Japan (2HJ) began a food assistance project for people whose livelihoods were affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As elementary, junior high, and high schools closed down and people refrained from economic activities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many people had their livelihoods affected and are in need of food assistance, including single-parent households and workers without full-time regular employment. Through provision of food, 2HJ will help alleviate the financial burdens and psychological toll from those who have been affected.

2HJ Engaging in Food Assistance in Japan

20th July 2020 6:00

JPF member NGO Second Harvest Japan (2HJ) is implementing its food assistance project for people in need who have been affected by the spread of the new coronavirus. Due to the pandemic, people’s lives are at risk as they have lost their jobs or suffered loss of income. Through provision of food to those in need, 2HJ will continue to help alleviate economic and psychological burdens. At each of 2HJ’s food pantries, they have already provided food assistance to over 1,600 households, and they plan on impacting more families.

CWS Began a New Project in Afghanistan

18th July 2020 22:00

JPF member NGO CWS Japan has begun a new project in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and repatriated refugees affected by the spread of the new coronavirus. Specifically, CWS Japan is providing emergency cash assistance for those in need.

Afghanistan has already been experiencing multiple humanitarian crises due to conflict, poverty, and drought, but the spread of the coronavirus has had great economic impact on the vulnerable populations. Many IDPs and repatriated refugees work as day laborers, and their livelihood has been in peril due to restrictions on movement. They have lost access to their workplaces and consequently have had to grapple with loss of income. We are seeing an increase in the number of children going out to beg for food in the markets after their families have suffered the loss of income. Receiving food donations from strangers passing by on the street places these children at very high risk of infection, which, in turn, furthers the risk of them returning to their own communities and spreading the infection to their families and others community members.

CWS Japan will help prevent the worsening of food insecurity among vulnerable people as they support these people on the path to rebuilding healthy lives and livelihoods.

WVJ Beginning New Project in Refugee Camp for People Who Have Fled Myanmar

17th July 2020 22:53

JPF will begin a new project in Bangladesh at a refugee camp for people who have fled Myanmar. New member NGO World Vision Japan (WVJ) will be implementing a WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) project to prevent the spread of COVID-19 there.

The refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, a district in southeastern Bangladesh, is the world’s largest and most densely populated settlement for refugees. The conditions put the camp at high risk of an infection surge. WVJ will be supporting the prevention efforts there through placing handwashing facilities, distributing soap and feminine hygiene products, and through repairing, maintaining, and managing wells and WASH facilities such as toilets. They will also be conducting awareness raising activities on infection prevention.

*At JPF, we use the term “people fleeing Myanmar” instead of “Rohingya” to be considerate of the ethnic backgrounds and diversity among those who have fled Myanmar.

New Domestic and Overseas Projects Begin

16th July 2020 22:00

Japan has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, and at JPF, a new member NGO is starting a relief project for eldercare facilities in Japan to help them strengthen their infection prevention capacities. Also, another JPF member NGO has begun its emergency cash assistance for internally displaced persons and repatriated refugees in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, who have been affected by the spread of the coronavirus. Our projects support the vulnerable populations within Japan as well as attempt to prevent the conditions in regions of the world with existing humanitarian crisis from deteriorating any further.

AAR Distributing Hygiene Items and Improving Remote Work Environment for Organizations for Persons with Disabilities

14th July 2020 7:00

  • Receiving relief items ©AARReceiving relief items ©AAR
  • Masks are a must while working in welfare facilities ©AARMasks are a must while working in welfare facilities ©AAR
  • Information communication devices are used for communication within the facility ©AARInformation communication devices are used for communication within the facility ©AAR

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR) is implementing its domestic project involving distribution of hygiene items and improvement of remote work environment for organizations for peoples with disabilities.

Welfare facilities provide necessary services for persons with disabilities. As a facility where many users gather together and where the physical contact between facility users and staff cannot be avoided, there are concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). AAR has distributed hygiene items such as masks, disposable gloves, and disinfectants to organizations for persons with disabilities, welfare facilities, and hospitals within Japan.

A staff person at one welfare facility has said, “We are now gradually seeing masks sold in stores, but welfare facilities for persons with disabilities are still struggling to secure sufficient supply. [...] We continue to do our work with a firm resolve that we will not have anyone lack a place to go to and that not a single person’s life should be lost.”

AAR has also been supporting these organizations introduce information communication devices and services to their facilities. For example, among people with hearing impairment, some are spending their days anxiously as they have lost opportunities to communicate face to face due to the restrictions on movement during the past months. AAR has assisted them with equipment so that these people can communicate remotely with sign language. AAR has also provided information communication devices necessary for remote work and online meetings for the staff, so that they can continue to operate the facilities’ services while taking precautions against the spread of infections.

For more details on their project, please visit AAR’s website here: https://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/activity/report/2020/0709_2996.html

Impact of COVID-19 in Afghanistan: SVA’s assistance activity

12th July 2020 7:00

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As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) is engaging in infection prevention awareness and also distributing hygiene items and emergency food in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan, there have been over 30,000 COVID-19 cases so far, with over 4,000 new cases in a single week recently, and this pandemic is not nearing an end for this country. (Number of cases are as of 25 June.) Also, since the regular vaccination schedule has had to be suspended due to the spread of COVID-19, there has been a rise in the number of polio cases in areas of Afghanistan where there were none in recent years. In Nangarhar Province where SVA’s project is taking place, there has also been a rapid increase in people contracting typhoid fever. Difficult days loom ahead for the nation, and SVA will continue its awareness-raising and relief item distribution project, while taking thorough preventative measures against infections.

We Had a JPF Online Information Session!

10th June 2020 23:00

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  • A child reading the prevention awareness pamphlet ©SVAA child reading the prevention awareness pamphlet ©SVA
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  • Challenges to come ©AARChallenges to come ©AAR

On 5th June, JPF held its second online information session. We were grateful to have more than 30 people participate. The JPF secretariat opened the session with the overall explanation of our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response, followed by JPF member NGOs Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) and Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR), which are implementing JPF grant projects, introducing their activities to the participants.

SVA is currently working on infection prevention awareness and also distributing hygiene items and emergency food in the Daman District of Afghanistan. Afghanistan had already been in a humanitarian crisis since before COVID-19 began to spread worldwide. Especially in Daman, where many internally displaced persons and repatriated Afghans live, the risks are high for the spread of infection due to prevention information not reaching the residents whose general literacy is low. While their awareness raising activities are currently ongoing, SVA anticipates how vital it will be to put even more thorough efforts into prevention in the weeks and months to come.

AAR, on the other hand, spoke about their domestic efforts in Japan as they currently distribute relief items to persons with disabilities and support the improvement of remote work environment for organizations for persons with disabilities. AR’s beneficiary facilities for persons with disabilities, who have received disinfectants and masks, have expressed how happy they were to have necessary items now, given how they had been struggling to obtain these items that were no longer on store shelves. AAR noted two challenges that lie ahead. Firstly, infection prevention items are lacking in group homes and other welfare facilities for persons with disabilities where there is higher risk of COVID-19 spreading in clusters. Secondly, patients with kidney disease who cannot avoid getting in close contact with others while on dialysis also do not have access to enough masks; currently, there are about 80,000 people in this category.

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the information session. We are planning on holding additional online information sessions and look forward to having you participate in the future.

SVA Providing Assistance in Afghanistan

5th June 2020 23:00

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As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) is engaging in infection prevention awareness and also distributing hygiene items and emergency food in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Number of COVID-19 cases has increased in Afghanistan where it is now over 11,000 (as of 27th May). In Daman where SVA is implementing its activities, repatriated Afghans, who were formerly refugees in Iran and Pakistan, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are clustered in close quarters without sufficient hygiene or sanitation.

SVA has been working very closely with the local village leaders and representatives of mosques in selecting 300 needy households that are in the most need of assistance. For these households, they distributed pamphlets containing infection prevention awareness information along with hygiene items and food. The hygiene items distributed at this time included soap, toilet paper, and masks. The food distribution included a month’s supply of flour, cooking oil, and beans for ten persons, which is the average number of family members per household in this area. SVA will continue to distribute relief items to more households in the days to come.

For more details, please visit the SVA website: https://sva.or.jp/wp/?news=38524

PWJ beginning provision of relief items to health care facilities

21st May 2020 23:00

In order to guard the health care workers against risks of infection and to protect the health care system, as a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is providing items needed to prevent infection for health care facilities in Japan that are treating COVID-19 patients.

When testing and treating patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19, there is a heightened risk of transmission through droplets. However, health care facilities are coping with the shortage of medical supplies through reusing single-use items, which has resulted in a higher risk of infection among the medical professionals; this has also taken a psychological toll on these frontline workers. If COVID-19 spreads among health care workers, there will be an even heavier burden on the select medical facilities that can still treat patients with severe symptoms. If that happens, ultimately, it could jeopardize the health care system in Japan as a whole.

This project is intended to serve those frontline medical facilities that are currently accepting and treating COVID-19 patients with moderate to severe symptoms through the provision of medical-grade masks (N95 respirator masks) and so on. Conditions change day by day on the medical frontline, and we will continue to monitor their needs as we deliver our assistance to them.

PWJ Begins Assistance for People Fleeing Myanmar

18th May 2020 16:10

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  • Awareness-raising activities in Bangladesh ©PWJAwareness-raising activities in Bangladesh ©PWJ

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) has begun working in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar District in Bangladesh to improve the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection prevention efforts among the people who have fled Myanmar, the residents in the host communities, and the health care clinic in the refugee camp.

Population density is extremely high both within the refugee camp for people who have fled Myanmar as well as in the host community. Given the fragile medical infrastructure, there are concerns as to the potential severity of damages if infection spreads. However, sufficient knowledge about infection prevention has not reached residents due to low literacy and language barriers, leaving very limited options for preventative measures.

As increase in COVID-19 cases could jeopardize the continued implementation of current humanitarian aid efforts, which could then lead to greater humanitarian crisis, this project aims to reduce the risks of the spread of infection. In cooperation with a local implementation partner, PWJ will be providing awareness-raising activities to make sure the people who have fled Myanmar and the host community residents are able to gain adequate knowledge of the virus and information on infection prevention. Through their efforts, they intend to reduce bias and misinformation and lead the residents towards practicing prevention. Furthermore, they will be distributing soaps along with their awareness campaign to allow for a more effective infection prevention.

In the health care clinic operated by PWJ in the refugee camp, they are required to refer any patients who are highly suspected of COVID-19 to another clinic or hospital where treatment is possible. To prevent the potential spread of the virus from the clinic to the rest of the camp, PWJ will be equipping the clinic with PPEs to ensure infection prevention among the clinic staff.

*Taking into consideration the ethnic background and diversity of people fleeing Myanmar, JPF is using the expression "Myanmar refugees" instead of "Rohingya.

PWJ Providing Masks to Eldercare Facilities in Tokyo

15th May 2020 22:00

  • Masks being in use at a facility (*Banner: “Thank You”) ©PWJMasks being in use at a facility (*Banner: “Thank You”) ©PWJ
  • Masks being received at a facility ©PWJMasks being received at a facility ©PWJ
  • Masks and hypochlorous acid tablets provided to facilities ©PWJMasks and hypochlorous acid tablets provided to facilities ©PWJ
  • Relief items being packed up ©PWJRelief items being packed up ©PWJ

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is providing infection prevention items to eldercare facilities in regions in Japan with increased cases of COVID-19 cases.

During the holiday week between the end of April and beginning of May, a total of 100,000 masks and disinfectants (hypochlorous acid tablets) were delivered directly to a total of 498 eldercare facilities* in Tokyo. [*Intensive-care homes for the elderly, elder daycare service facilities, low-cost homes for the elderly, nursing homes for the elderly, etc.]

Elderly people are known as more likely to show intensified symptoms of COVID-19 once infected with the coronavirus. However, eldercare facilities cannot close down even temporarily because so many elderly people’s lives depend on the caregiving and nursing care from these facilities. The objective of this project is in providing relief items so that the elderly people living in and using these facilities as well as the staff who work there can take appropriate infection prevention measures.

It had been causing psychological strain on the staff working at these facilities as they could not take sufficient preventative measures due to the nationwide shortage of prevention items, and we received so many messages of appreciation from the beneficiaries of this project. Let us introduce one such message here:

<Message of Appreciation (*Excerpt from the PWJ website)>
“Even under these circumstances, eldercare facilities like ours operate with the shared consciousness among our staff that we are an essential social infrastructure. However, our morale was being depleted as uncertainties increased about our supply of masks and other hygiene items. The gifts we received at this time had encouraged all of us tremendously. We will continue to work hard so that our senior citizens here can maintain and improve their wellness.”
- From an intensive-care home for the elderly

Please read PWJ’s report here: https://peace-winds.org/emergency/17942

Doctors on the Frontline Give a Press Conference About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief Efforts

8th May 2020 15:00

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  • Providing care for the cruise ship in Nagasaki ©ARROWSProviding care for the cruise ship in Nagasaki ©ARROWS
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On 7th May, Dr. Mototaka Inaba, a medical doctor working with Airborne Rescue & Relief Operations With Search (ARROWS), which is an organization operated by JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), held a press conference with other health care providers. This was an opportunity for the voices of the frontline medical professionals to be heard.

Through the work of ARROWS, PWJ has been distributing masks to medium-sized and small medical clinics in Japan, donating an antibody testing device to the University of Tokyo Hospital, and, since late April, dispatching medical relief teams to the cruise ship docked in Nagasaki. As a JPF grant project, PWJ has also been distributing infection prevention items to facilities for the elderly.

In late April, PWJ distributed 114,000 masks through ARROWS to over 500 small medical clinics in Tokyo, where there is a large number of positive cases of COVID-19. According to the survey conducted with clinics during the distribution effort, many voiced concerns about intra-clinic transmission because there were insufficient supplies of medical masks and PPEs necessary when seeing patients who are likely to be or already known to be infected. This was all the more reason why many clinics that have struggled to secure masks and PPEs have shown their appreciation for these distributions by PWJ.

*Distribution of masks and PPEs to small clinics is not a part of the JPF grant project.

REALs Begins Assistance in South Sudan

2nd May 2020 22:30

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Reach Alternatives (REALs) is beginning its assistance activities for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan. REALs’ activities involve distribution of NFIs and awareness raising for coronavirus (COVID-19) infection prevention.

About 2,200 households (or about 11,000 persons) live in South Sudan’s Mangaten Camp for IDPs. There is hardly any international assistance to the people living in this camp, and they lack WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) facilities and items. Awareness of hygiene may also be insufficient, and diseases tend to break out often.

REALs had initially planned to distribute hygiene items to the most vulnerable 100 households within Mangaten Camp. But sanitation in the camp is very poor and IDPs are living in crowded quarters, with the health care system not established. If infection spreads in the camp, it can end up in a highly dangerous condition for the residents.

This is why it was decided that this project will not only target the most vulnerable 100 households but provide all households in the camp with hygiene items such as soap and disinfectants. Additionally, there will be water provision and distribution of leaflets that have useful information on infection prevention. Through these measures, infection prevention will be an all-camp effort.

*NFIs: Non-food items. This includes hygiene items and other daily essential items.
*Starting on 25th March 2020, Japan Center for Conflict Prevention (JCCP) has changed its name to Reach Alternative (REALs).

PWJ Beginning Relief Activity in Japan

24th April 2020 20:00

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) has begun distributing infection prevention supplies to eldercare facilities. As the number of COVID-19 cases is rising in Japan, people are worried that the spike in the number of patients would trigger a health care collapse. Older adults are considered especially at risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19, and there are concerns that a rapid increase in severely ill patients will result in the tightening of the supply-demand balance in health care.

This project by PWJ involves provision of masks and other supplies, which are necessary to prevent the spread of infections, for eldercare facilities located in regions in Japan experiencing a rapid spread of the virus. We will support staff working at these facilities, who have been working with a strong sense of duty and mission despite anxieties about infection, so that they can take proper infection prevention measures for themselves and those for whom they care.

SVA Beginning Relief Activity in Afghanistan

24th April 2020 19:11

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) will begin its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The response involves infection prevention awareness work as well as hygiene supplies and emergency food distribution. Afghanistan had already been facing a humanitarian crisis due to the prolonged conflict in the country and repeated natural disasters. It is also considered a part of the world at risk for enormous damages from the spread of this virus, because the health care system is not well established and many of its citizens are malnourished.

With the spread of COVID-19, Nangarhar Province has been in a state of lockdown since mid-March. This project will be implemented in the Daman District of Nangarhar Province, in an area where there is a concentration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and return migrants from Pakistan. Many people who live in this area make their living as day laborers, and the restriction of movement has caused many of them to struggle to obtain food. There are also many who are illiterate and cannot access information on prevention. SVA will be working on raising awareness of coronavirus infection prevention, distribute hygiene supplies, and offer emergency food that is necessary for the people to get by.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response: JPF Chosen as a Brandear Charity Program Beneficiary

24th April 2020 4:00

  • JPF Chosen as a Brandear Charity Program Beneficiary

Defactostandard, Ltd., is a company that runs Brandear, a service that facilitates a home pick-up of used brand name items that people want to sell. At this time, the company has generously selected JPF’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response’s domestic activities as one of the beneficiaries of the Brandear Charity Program. We are very grateful to be chosen!

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, people are refraining from going outdoors, and this has persisted for a fairly long period of time now. With “desires to connect people’s good will to relief work as much as possible,” Defactostandard is responding with this charity initiative. The charity program uses a part of the proceeds for used items towards donations for environmental protection and global children’s causes. The program embodies the company’s wishes to establish a cyclical sustainable society through facilitating reuse of items, while simultaneously circulating people’s compassion and kindness that connects them to each other.

With more time spent at home now, why don’t you declutter your rooms and also give support to those who need it?

<Overview of the Brandear Charity Program>
Program Term: Tuesday 21st April 2020 - End date to be announced
How to participate:
1) Sign up for home pick-up at Brandear (https://brandear.jp/) during the program term
2) When you agree to the buying price, you can also designate that a part of it (from 1 yen to any mount) be donated towards JPF‘s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response’s domestic activities.

Please check out the following links for more information.

Defactostandard’s Press Release: https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000012.000054472.html
News on Defactostandard’s website: https://www.defactostandard.co.jp/news/corporate/200422.html

Yahoo! Japan Charity Fund: Please Support the JPF Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response

20th April 2020 21:00

As the virus sees no borders, there is need to support efforts that prevent infections of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world, including in vulnerable conflict zones and refugee camps. We appreciate your warm support of JPF’s relief activities.

Yahoo! Japan Charity Fund: https://donation.yahoo.co.jp/detail/987027/

For those who have already donated, we thank you once again for your gifts. Your donations will be put to use for the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency response efforts by JPF and our member NGOs.

Please Support the JPF Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response: The Rakuten Clutch Special Charity Fund

14th April 2020 20:08

In light of the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), JPF is providing prompt delivery of assistance based on local conditions and needs in areas with concerns for further spread of infections, including Japan. At this time, we are pleased to announce that JPF was chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the Rakuten Clutch Special Charity Fund’s “COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund.” We thank you for your warm support and extend our sincere gratitude to those who have already given to this cause.

Rakuten Clutch Special Charity Fund: https://bit.ly/2W9AMm1

AAR Beginning Relief Activity

13th April 2020 12:22

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR) has begun its project for persons with disabilities, namely to distribute items needed and to help establish a remote work environment for organizations for persons with disabilities.

The coronavirus is spreading around the world. In Japan, with the increase in the number of cases comes concern for the spread of the virus to persons with disabilities, including individuals with underlying medical conditions at higher risk for severe symptoms as well as welfare-based places of employment where persons with disabilities work. This project is aimed at infection prevention and targets households with persons with disabilities and welfare-based places of employment. Hygiene and medical supplies will be distributed through an organization for persons with disabilities that has branches around Japan.

Novartis Pharma Donates E-Books for Those Staying at Home Due to the Effects of the Coronavirus

13th April 2020 11:20

Novartis Pharma has donated the rights to freely access electronic books online about hypertension for those staying at home due to the effects of the coronavirus. We are grateful for their generosity! In response to the books’ popularity, they have extended the term until 31st May for readers to download the books. Since the end of March when this project began, over 1,000 downloads have been made on these books. We recommend that you take a look, especially if you have not left the home much, lack exercise, and are concerned about your blood pressure. The books can be accessed not only by the beneficiaries of JPF’s and member NGOs’ relief projects but among the wider general public, too, so please do give these books a try! We welcome you sharing this information with others, too!

  • How to access the books: Visit the e-book service website BookLive! and sign up for free: https://booklive.jp/feature/index/id/novartis
  • Downloadable from 20th March 2020 to 31st May 2020
  • Books: “10-Second Exercises to Lower Your Blood Pressure (Publisher: Ei-Publishing) and “Healthy Recipes for Adults: Menus for Those with High Blood Pressure” (Publisher: Orange Page)

For more details, please visit the following page at the JPF website: https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2020/03/181200.html

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response: Go Japan! Return Gifts of Masks from China

20th March 2020 18:55

  • Receiving  shipping of masks at Saga Airport ©PWJReceiving shipping of masks at Saga Airport ©PWJ

On 24 March, 48,000 masks donated by the people of the city of Tianjin and Chinese residents in Japan arrived in the storage space for Airborne Rescue & Relief Operations With Search (ARROWS) in Saga City, Saga Prefecture, with the following heartfelt message: “Let us overcome this together for our friendship between Japan and China.” As an emergency initial assessment, JPF had provided 504,000 masks for China in January and February through ARROWS, an organization operated by Peace Winds Japan (PWJ). (The actual delivery was made through a local partner organization with whom a cooperative relationship had been established prior.)

ARROWS is preparing to distribute these donated masks to medical facilities and other institutions in Japan facing high risks of infection and aggravation of symptoms.

(*PWJ’s mask distribution within Japan is not supported by grants from JPF.)

Please visit here for more information: https://peace-winds.org/emergency/17577

PWJ Delivering Relief Items

27th February 2020 15:34

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As part of JPF’s emergency initial assessment for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response program, a team from Airborne Rescue & Relief Operations With Search (ARROWS; formerly called Peace Winds Rescue), an organization operated by Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), delivered a total of 136 boxes or about 1,200 kilograms of relief items (as of 5 February) to Shanghai. Relief items included PPEs, medical face masks, rubber boots, gloves, bandages, and other items that can be used to prevent infection. They also included blood collection kits, hemostatic dressing, sterile pipettes, and other medical supplies that can be used not only for treating patients and testing their blood but also for professional medical staff working on testing and potentially development of vaccines.

Additionally, to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus domestically, ARROWS provided 160,000 masks that they had been storing to medical facilities in Japan. They have purchased rubber boots, gloves, more masks, and other medical supplies in preparation for the future.

(*PWJ’s mask distribution within Japan is not supported by JPF grants.)

For more information on this project, please visit the following pages:
https://peace-winds.org/emergency/17278
https://peace-winds.org/news/17392

10 June 2020 Update

The number of people testing positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has now surpassed 7 million worldwide*1. The pandemic has placed an enormous burden on each country's healthcare system, while concerns are raised for further spread in areas of the world already experiencing humanitarian crisis. The original United Nations COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP), which was published on 25 March 2020, stated that 2 billion US dollars was necessary to respond to this unprecedented global crisis; the figure has been increased to 6.7 billion US dollars in the revised version published on 7 May*2.
While COVID-19 is currently spreading in South America, there are concerns for further rapid spread in Africa and in other parts of the world already experiencing ongoing humanitarian crisis, and the amount needed to respond to the pandemic may increase again. COVID-19 has already greatly affected ongoing humanitarian efforts in parts of the world in humanitarian crisis prior to the pandemic, and in order to minimize the effect on existing humanitarian efforts and to prevent further infections, we have revised our program priorities, increased the budget, extended the program term, and expanded our target locations for this program.

*1:World Health Organization, Coronavirus disease(COVID-19)Situation Report 142, 10 June 2020
*2:OCHA, Updated COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, 7 may 2020

8 April 2020 Update
  • The novel coronavirus has now spread to over 200 countries and territories, with over 1.28 million people testing positive for COVID-19 worldwide, with over 70,000 deaths among them*. The pandemic has placed an enormous burden on each country's healthcare system, while concerns are raised for the effects of the virus and its further spread in areas of the world that were already experiencing humanitarian crisis.

    ※World Health Organization, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic, 8 April 2020

  • The appeal made in the United Nations COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) (25 March 2020) states that 2.01 billion US dollars is necessary to respond to this unprecedented global crisis. This amount may increase as assessments and analyses are still under way in regions currently experiencing ongoing humanitarian crises. COVID-19 has already greatly affected ongoing humanitarian response efforts, and funds for these ongoing efforts must be secured to prevent further deterioration of the crises. As conditions continuously change, the response must also flexibly shift to meet these changing needs.
  • At JPF, we have updated the Program Overview to reflect the continuously changing conditions and needs, both within Japan and internationally.
13 February 2020(Press Release

On 7 February, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to launch an emergency response for those affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout China and in other countries where infections have spread. We are now calling for donations and appreciate your generous support.

Overview:

  • People have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in almost all regions of China, with the concentration of infections in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province; there have been a total of 44,653 cases and 1,113 people have died*1. In Wuhan, the entire city has been on virtual lockdown since 23 January, and the virus has since spread to other parts of Asia and to countries in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. In Japan, the total number of cases is at 174, including those who are on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess that entered the port of Yokohama on 3 February, and there are concerns that this number will rise*2.
  • At JPF, our member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) began emergency initial assessments on 26 January. PWJ staff were dispatched to Shanghai where they conducted assessment on the conditions and needs for assistance. Simultaneously, in cooperation with a local partner organization, PWJ delivered items to local hospitals for infection prevention - e.g. PPEs, medical face masks, and gloves - as well as blood collection kits, sterile pipettes, and other medical supplies that can be used to treat patients and to test their blood. Additionally, while they did not go to China, two medical doctors served as experts when PWJ planned this assessment and also analyzed the assessment results.
  • Given the assessment results that infection prevention masks, PPEs, and other medical supplies are in extreme short supply, JPF decided to provide more relief items to China through the local partner organization. Updates will be posted regularly on the JPF website and on JPF's Facebook page.

*1:National Health Campaign of the People's Republic of China (Update, 12 February 2020)
*2:Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan (Press release, 12 February 2020)

Program Overview

*Program overview will be revised as needed to reflect the continuously changing conditions and needs.

Term Program term began on: 7 February 2020 (emergency initial assessment, etc.)
Initial Response Period: 10 April 2020 to 9 August 2020
Emergency Response Period: 10 August 2020 to 31 March 2021
Budget 200 million yen (funding from private sector)
120 million yen (government subsidies)
Locations Areas with concerns for further spread of coronavirus infection including Japan
*JPF's international response will be in 18 locations where there are existing JPF grant projects.
Organizations (Expected) Peace Winds Japan (PWJ); Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR); Médecins du Monde Japan (MdM); PARC Interpeoples' Cooperation (PARCIC); Reach Alternatives (REALs); Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA); Second Harvest Japan (2HJ)
*Program budget has been updated (13 June 2020).
[Original] 70 million yen (funding from private sector), 120 million yen (government subsidies)
[Updated] 200 million yen (funding from private sector), 120 million yen (government subsidies)
*Term and program budget have been updated (10 June 2020).
Term: [Updated] After the Initial Response Period ended, the term was extended for about 8 months as the Emergency Response Period. "10 August 2020 to 31 March 2021 (Emergency Response Period)"
Budget: [Original] 70 million yen (funding from private sector), 90 million yen (government subsidies: limited to assistance for China)
[Updated] 70 million yen (funding from private sector), 120 million yen (government subsidies)
*Program budget has been updated (13 May 2020).
[Original] 50 million yen (funding from private sector), 90 million yen (government subsidies: limited to assistance for China)
[Updated] 70 million yen (funding from private sector), 90 million yen (government subsidies: limited to assistance for China)
*This program overview has been updated to reflect the continuously changing conditions and needs (8 April 2020).
Term:
[Original] Program term begins 7 February 2020 - (3 months, initial mobilization)
[Updated] Program term began on 7 February 2020 (emergency initial assessment, etc.); Projects began in April 2020 (4-month duration as Initial Response Period)
Budget:
[Original] 10 million yen (funding from private sector), 90 million yen (government subsidies)
[Updated] 50 million yen (funding from private sector), 90 million yen (government subsidies: limited to assistance for China)
Locations:
[Original] China
[Updated] Areas with concerns for further spread of coronavirus infection including Japan

If you have already donated or are considering donating, we appreciate your understanding for these changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us below:
JPF External Relations Division (phone: 03-6261-4036 communication@japanplatform.org)

List of corporate and organizational donors who have contributed to this response can be found here.
We are deeply grateful for the corporate, organizational, and individual donors who have contributed to this response. JPF will responsibly, appropriately, and effectively use your gifts of money and services for those in need.

Program Objectives

International Objectives: For ongoing JPF programs that support vulnerable people, our objective is to prevent existing humanitarian crises from deteriorating as we prevent the spread of COVID-19 that may result in discontinuation of ongoing assistance efforts. We will also promote the implementation of projects that match the strategic priorities articulated in the Global Humanitarian Response Plan:GHRP.

Objectives for Japan: As the nation continues to be on high alert, our objective is to alleviate the burdens placed on people in need of special care to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Program Policies (Updated: 10 June 2020)

Program Target Priorities

Given the magnitude of impact that COVID-19 has had and the limited resources we have to respond to the crisis, we will be responding flexibly and promptly according to the priorities outlined below in order to implement the program more effectively.
Each member NGO must: 1) Create its organizational response plan to prevent infections (for its staff as well as any partner organizations), 2) Implement its projects only if the conditions are met for appropriate implementation, 3) Carefully consider the state of COVID-19 infections and health care system in the areas in which the projects are implemented, and 4) Thoroughly guard against local community spread of infections as a result of outside organizations entering the community.

●International Priorities

  1. As a general rule, conditions must be met for appropriate implementation of assistance projects in the local communities. This is regardless of whether or not there is an ongoing JPF grant project in the given community.
  2. We will prioritize projects, including infection prevention and awareness campaigns, that take place in camps and settlements for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) where people are living in close quarters. We will also prioritize projects that support vulnerable populations (i.e. the elderly, persons with disabilities, children, and women).
  3. We will carefully consider and analyze the state of COVID-19 infection and response in each country or region, and include projects in education, protection, and livelihood recovery in cases where they are considered necessary.

Among the 63 countries and regions identified in the revised version of the Global Humanitarian Response Plan(GHRP) as most vulnerable in crisis, JPF's response will be in the following locations where there are existing JPF grant projects: South Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh (Cox's Bazar), Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine (Gaza), Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Mozambique, Peru, and the Philippines.

●Priorities for Japan
Focus will be on assistance for the most vulnerable populations, and we will prioritize projects that support the elderly, persons with disabilities, and children.

Program Policies (8 April 2020)

COVID-19 has greatly affected ongoing response efforts for vulnerable regions and people that had existing humanitarian crises. With limited resources against the vast impact of COVID-19, we will make flexible and prompt decisions based on the following program policies, aim for more effective project implementation, and strive to provide relief for the COVID-19 crisis as we also prevent it from impacting existing humanitarian crises.

Program Target Priorities

International Priorities:
1) Target Locations★1: South Sudan; Syria; Afghanistan; Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
2) Projects for sites (including refugee camps) where vulnerable populations are clustered in residence
3) Projects that match the three strategic priorities in the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP)★2
4) Projects whose implementation can be ensured and are highly effective as a COVID-19 response

★1: Based on the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP), these four locations were selected among the countries most vulnerable in this crisis, referencing the correlation between Epidemic Risk Index and Food Security Index. We will first limit to these four locations to provide assistance for the most vulnerable regions and people, but we will reassess our target locations if the budget is to be increased in the future.

★2:

  1. Contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and decrease morbidity and mortality.
  2. Decrease the deterioration of human assets and rights, social cohesion and livelihood.
  3. Protect, assist and advocate for refugees, IDPs, migrants and host communities particularly vulnerable to the pandemic.

Priorities for Japan: Regardless of ongoing projects, assistance for people in need of special assistance and/or care in this crisis will be prioritized.

Show program policies (8 April 2020).

Donations for the JPF Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response are accepted through:

*Your donation can be designated either "to Japan and all targeted locations internationally" or "only to Japan." If no designation is made, we will use your gift for all targeted locations.

Domestic Remittance

Name of bank
ゆうちょ銀行(Japan Post Bank)
Code and account number
00120-8-140888
Name of account holder
特定非営利活動法人ジャパン・プラットフォーム
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)

*When making a donation through Japan Post, please write either "to Japan and all targeted locations internationally" or "only to Japan" in the memo column.

Name of bank
三菱UFJ銀行(MUFG Bank, Ltd)
Branch
本店(Head Office)
Type of account
普通(Saving)
Account number
0212719
Name of account holder
特定非営利活動法人ジャパン・プラットフォーム
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)

International Remittance

Account name
TOKUHI JAPAN PLATFORM
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)
Bank name
MUFG Bank, Ltd
Branch
Head Office
Bank Address
2-7-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8388, Japan
Swift code
BOTKJPJT
Account
Saving
Account No.
0212719

*Donations made to this account will be designated to Japan and all targeted locations internationally. If you wish your donation to be designated only to Japan, please send us a request for receipt and write "only to Japan" in the memo column below "Other" in the "Donation to" section.