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Japan – how can we help?

March 16th, 2011 by

The situation in Japan continues to worsen with millions displaced and thousands missing. This morning the Guardian reports “The country faces an increasingly desperate humanitarian crisis caused by the direct effects of Friday’s huge earthquake a resultant tsunami, one made worse by freezing weather. The official death toll has now hit 3,676, with 7,845 people registered as unaccounted for. Survivors, many of them homeless, are struggling with a wave of cold weather forecast to last well into this week, with night time temperatures dipping to -5C in some places.”

How can we help? At the moment the Disasters Emergency Committee is not planning to launch an appeal. Instead they suggest people consider donating to the following groups:

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  • Bettyhegan

    Rotary International are putting together Shelter boxes to send They are a very organised and trust worthy Association

  • Acockerton

    Given the plans of the current government to build more nuclear reactors to provide electric power I think 38 degrees should be mounting positive objections to the proposals and requiring government to consult with the voters. Nuclear power does not provide environmentally safe fuel.
    A cockerton

  • Lillian Baker48

    I agree with Acockerton about nuclear power. If such nuclear reactors are built here to provide electric power and given out to private tender I shudder to think of the consequences. Private owners do not think about safety only profit and with such a volatile fuel source safety has to be of paramount importance and short cuts cannot be tolerated. The government should consult all voters on their views and instead of thinking of saving government coffers they should be thinking of saving the thousands, or even millions of lives that could be lost by such cost cutting measures.

  • Robin_waterhouse

    The best response 38 Degrees can make to the disaster in Japan is to mount a campaign to knock on the head any idea of a new phase of nuclear power plants in the UK.

  • Roy Brash

    How many of the people signing the NHS patition been in hospital recently

    Big changes are needed.

  • Mccarthycarole

    What do the Rotary International need – money? or goods?

  • Jesset32

    Fully agree with Betty Hegan. ShelterBox are already on the ground and boxes are there ready to be deployed

  • Nickynl

    Money, each Shelterbox costs £600. A Shelterbox contains a tent, sleepingbags, kitchen utensils, plates, cups, a cooker and water carriers with purification tablets for ten people. Have a look at Shelterbox website. This is one of the best charities as all the money is passed to the Rotary clubs.

  • Mari

    I’m starting a campaign from my heart – i’m sending heart shaped simple messages by post to all members of the select committees for energy and the environment and foreign policy as well as Prime Minister and William Hague. i simply ask them to let their hearts guide them. others could do similar, let’s make love not war. whoever opens the envelope will engage with this somehow and i’m hoping a ripple will build into a wave of awareness that we have to change our ways of thinking. think from the heart rather than the fearful head. i will also support any other campaign i hear of from 38 degrees.

  • Ednabooth

    Before any further nuclear-power stations are established the scientists should concentrate on how to keep this source of power safe, including methods of disposing of the waste and keeping defunct stations safe – eg Chernobyl’s concrete screen is deteriorating, and leaking, and they are wanting billions for a steel-box! How many defunct atomic piles have been encased in concrete and buried at sea? And probably now leaking!

    Unless science can solve the problems of control and disposal the end of the world is nigh!

  • Genevieve Vickery

    It’s a good question. I watched as my father-in-law was basically starved to death over a course of three weeks because of failing on all sides – bad communication between doctors & nurses, lack of following their own hygiene rules (which by the way they made us follow stringently) which meant dad caugh the hospital bug, lack of compassion & leaving him with no dignity at all – If his dementia had been understood properly on a ward with no obvious training to deal with such cases, then perhaps (and we as a family all thoroughly agree) he woul still be alive today – and if he would have still been here, then my mother-in-law would have been too. You see the strain of dad being in hospital for 6 weeks & then dying was too much for her heart, although she also suffered dementia she knew what was going on & just didn’t want to be around anymore and we lost her less than two months later.
    Now ask me to sign up to keep the NHS the way it is & I would reply – NEVER!!!!

  • Liz

    Please add to the list http://www.shelterbox.org – they had got the first Shelterboxes to Japan in 5 days, while the rest of us were still trying to take in what was happening!

  • Paola

    Some chnages are needed like bringing matrons back onto wards and dismissing the middle managers who make decisions based on models and abstractions rather than visitng the wards and speaking to staff. Sound familiar local authorities etc etc ????

  • London resident

    with the nuclear threat, shelterboxes could be very dangerous places to live in. I have offered to a Japanese girl from Sendai for her parents to come over here and stay in my flat for a couple of months (then we re-assess), while I can stay with a series of friends – so in fact a whole group of us helps. Of course that is only an option for people with money for the plane ticket, but even they can get radiation sickness.

  • Willbarclay

    I went to A&E in the early hours of the morning last January, with pain in the abdomen, but after 7 hours of tests, I was discharged to make my way to Penang, where I again presented myself at a local hospital. I was immediately diagnosed as having an inflamed gallbladder, and within 24 hours it was removed and I am now fully recovered, with enough gallstones to make a rosary! When I asked the UK hospital howcome they had failed to make the obvious diagnosis, they told me that they could not afford to keep skilled staff on duty 24/7.

  • Liz Huelin

    I think if the situation deteriorates to the point of people in Japan requiring evacuation I would like to offer my house and plane tickets to a Japanese family. Can 38 degrees step with this idea passed on to your viewers so that people can be prepared well in advance? Liz

  • traceandbass

    Changes might be needed within the NHS but privatisation doesn’t necessarily mean that flawed processes will go away or be effortlessly improved with a private model (just look at the U.S. ).

  • Jon W

    Red cross or shelterbox will ensure all your money you give goes to help the Japanese people.

    Please give all you can afford – Thank you

  • Mandy Creel

    A recent “Investor’s Business Daily” article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.

    Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
    U.S. 65%
    England 46%
    Canada 42%

    Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
    U.S. 93%
    England 15%
    Canada 43%

    Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
    U.S. 90%
    England 15%
    Canada 43%

    Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:
    U.S. 77%
    England 40%
    Canada 43%

    Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
    U.S. 71
    England 14
    Canada 18

    Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in “excellent health”:
    U.S. 12%
    England 2%
    Canada 6%

    I always suspect UN statistics but if these are correct then we’ve got a problem.
    The NHS is the world’s fourth largest employer after organisations such as the Chinese Army and Indian Railways and yet this is the best they can do.
    Another statistic worth noting is that apparently more than 40,000 people die annually as a result of clinical negligence/accidents. RADICAL CHANGE IS URGENTLY NEEDED. Think about it.

  • Sinfieldbs

    Its not funds that are needed but physical help at the moment

  • Jenny

    Anyone wishing to help animals caught up in the disaster in Japan, can do so through the International Fund For Animal Welfare. – IFAW. They are ready to move into Japan to support animal rescue and care. Please add this to your list of ways to help. Thanks. Jenny