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October 20, 2015

Launch of the Japan Disaster Relief Infectious Disease Response Team

On Oct. 20, the Japan International Cooperation Agency began taking applications for membership in the Japan Disaster Relief Infectious Disease Response Team. This team was established in October to help minimize large-scale outbreaks of infectious diseases overseas.

In the past, the following teams were dispatched in response to disasters overseas: Rescue Teams that conduct search and rescue operations; Medical Teams specializing in disaster medical care; Expert Teams that give an advice on disaster emergency response and recovery; and Japan Self Defense Forces Units.

Based on the response to the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the Japan Disaster Relief Infectious Disease Response Team has been established to carry out more effective assistance when global outbreaks of infectious diseases occur.

To make possible support in a wide range of areas relating to infection control measures, JICA will seek and resister experts with specialized knowledge and experience in the following five fields: epidemiology, clinical examination, medical examination and infection control, public health response and logistics.


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