Areas with concerns for further spread of coronavirus infection including Japan
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response
Last updated: May 22, 2020 18:21
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.
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.
18th May 2020 16:10
- Awareness-raising activities in Bangladesh ©PWJ
- Awareness-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.
15th May 2020 22:00
- Masks being in use at a facility (*Banner: “Thank You”) ©PWJ
- Masks being received at a facility ©PWJ
- Masks and hypochlorous acid tablets provided to facilities ©PWJ
- Relief 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
8th May 2020 15:00
- Press conference ©ARROWS
- Providing care for the cruise ship in Nagasaki ©ARROWS
- Providing care for the cruise ship in Nagasaki ©ARROWS
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.
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).
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.
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.
24th April 2020 4:00
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
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
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.
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
20th March 2020 18:55
- Receiving 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
27th February 2020 15:34
- Transporting relief items ©PWJ
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.)
●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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Term||Program term began on 7 February 2020 (emergency initial assessment, etc.); Projects began in April 2020 (4-month duration as Initial Response Period)|
|Budget||50 million yen (funding from private sector)
90 million yen (government subsidies: limited to assistance for China)
|Locations||Areas with concerns for further spread of coronavirus infection including Japan|
|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)|
*This program overview has been updated to reflect the continuously changing conditions and needs (8 April 2020).
[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)
[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)
[Updated] Areas with concerns for further spread of coronavirus infection including Japan
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.
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 Target 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.
- Contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and decrease morbidity and mortality.
- Decrease the deterioration of human assets and rights, social cohesion and livelihood.
- 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.
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.
- Name of bank
- ゆうちょ銀行（Japan Post Bank）
- Code and account number
- Name of account holder
（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）
- 本店（Head Office）
- Type of account
- Account number
- Name of account holder
（Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform）
- Account name
- TOKUHI JAPAN PLATFORM
（Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform）
- Bank name
- MUFG Bank, Ltd
- Head Office
- Bank Address
- 2-7-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8388, Japan
- Swift code
- Account No.
*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.