As the impact of COVID-19 pandemic spreads, AAR Japan has started a scoping survey with a view to providing emergency assistance.
In Japan, AAR Japan has received requests for assistance from disability support organizations to address the current shortage of personal hygiene goods. Persons with disabilities often have underlying health conditions, and many of them are finding it difficult to visit stores and buy hygiene products even though these are basic necessities. There are also concerns about the lack of information, with voices calling for more accurate and reliable information.
AAR Japan is working on ways to support the supply of hygiene products as well as information outreach in close cooperation with our partners and network that have been built over the years including the Japan Council on Disability (JD).
Our overseas offices have also seen a rising need for support in tackling the COVID-19 crises. In countries such as Pakistan with its fragile medical system, Turkey where many Syrian refugees have fled to, or Italy with its rapidly increasing number of critically ill infected patients, AAR Japan is carrying out fact-finding inquiries in order to help supply hygiene goods as well as to raise public health awareness through measures such as the provision of hand washing instructions.
AAR Japan has always endeavored to provide field-based support for those who are left behind in disaster or conflict-stricken areas. We will continue these efforts through our actions to tackle the current crisis.
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