Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 29, Issue 10, pp 1047–1051

Care of children in a natural disaster: lessons learned from the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami

Authors

    • Department of Pediatric Surgery, Nara HospitalKinki University School of Medicine
    • Chief of Committee of Survey for Pediatric Emergencies of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons, Department of Pediatric SurgeryKinki University School of Medicine
  • Shigeru Ueno
    • Immediate Past-Executive Director of Committee of Survey for Pediatric Emergencies of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons, Department of Pediatric SurgeryTokai University School of Medicine
  • Tadashi Iwanaka
    • Immediate Past-President of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons, Department of Pediatric SurgeryUniversity of Tokyo Hospital
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00383-013-3405-6

Cite this article as:
Yonekura, T., Ueno, S. & Iwanaka, T. Pediatr Surg Int (2013) 29: 1047. doi:10.1007/s00383-013-3405-6

Abstract

The Great East Japan earthquake was one of the most devastating natural disasters ever to hit Japan. We present features of the disaster and the radioactive accident in Fukushima. About 19,000 are dead or remain missing mainly due to the tsunami, but children accounted for only 6.5 % of the deaths. The Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons set up the Committee of Aid for Disaster, and collaborated with the Japanese Society of Emergency Pediatrics to share information and provide pediatric medical care in the disaster area. Based on the lessons learned from the experiences, the role of pediatric surgeons and physicians in natural disasters is discussed.

Keywords

EarthquakeTsunamiNuclear accidentNatural disasterChildren

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