|In March and April, AAR Japan distributed emergency goods such as clothing and kitchen utensils on Efate Island. Ryo KAKUTANI from AAR Japan is pictured on the right. (April 2nd, 2015)|
Medical staff goes around villages with no clinicsWhen I first arrived at Vanuatu in the aftermath of the Cyclone, there were still many houses with their roofs or walls blown away. When I visited the islands again two months later, the residents had almost completely repaired their houses on their own, and the vegetable fields had also been revived. However, I could see that they still had a lot of difficulty accessing medical care and hygiene.
|In Vanuatu, most of the houses are made of wood or straw. Damaged houses had been mostly reconstructed by the villagers themselves.(Pongovioyo, Epi Island, Vanuatu, May 19th, 2015)|
|Port Vila (marked in red), the capital of Vanuatu, and Epi Island (marked in yellow)|
|AAR Japan invited villagers to a lecture on HIV, where they could choose to take a HIV test for free. Ryo KAKUTANI from AAR Japan is pictured on the right. (Pongovioyo, Epi Island, Vanuatu, May 18th, 2015)|
|A VFHA nurse examines a child suffering from a stomach ache. The mother told KAKUTANI, “We usually cannot go to a hospital. I am very relieved that a nurse came to visit our village.” (Marvasi, Epi Island, Vanuatu, May 20th, 2015)|
Towards safe childbirth
|The family of Marta and Joel shortly after giving birth to a baby. Both Marta (second from the right) and her new baby girl appeared to be healthy. Pictured on the right is Ryo KAKUTANI from AAR Japan. (Pongoviyo, Epi Island, Vanuatu, May 19th, 2015)|