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March 18, 2015

Medical Team Dispatched to Vanuatu Following Cyclone

On March 17, in response to a request from the Government of Vanuatu, the Japan International Cooperation Agency dispatched an additional eight members of a Japan Disaster Relief Medical Team to the country.

During the night of March 13, Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam passed east of Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, and it has caused extensive damage. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people may have been affected.

On March 16, in response to a request from the Government of Vanuatu, the Government of Japan decided to dispatch a Japan Disaster Relief Medical Team to Vanuatu and started to prepare for the deployment.

The survey team, which departed Japan earlier, arrived in Port Vila on the afternoon of March 17. They have started their activities, including information gathering. The first members consist of six members, one from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, three from JICA, one doctor and one nurse.

Eight additional members — one from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, five medical personnel (two doctors, one nurse and two pharmacists) and two coordinators — were dispatched on March 17 via Sydney, Australia, and will be arriving in Port Vila on the night of March 18. The additional members will join the first team upon arrival, and they will all work as a medical team.

The medical team plans to conduct medical activities in line with the needs of the affected communities, mainly running a mobile clinic.

The duration of their deployment will be approximately two weeks.

Updated information will be published on this website as it becomes available.

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