11 Dec 2014 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative

The 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative was held in Tokyo, to reflect on emerging health security events of the last year and to explore collaborative actions to protect the health and safety of our populations, and to strengthen health security globally. Ministers/Secretaries/Commissioner from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, UK, USA, and the European Commission attended. They discussed key priorities for collective preparedness and response to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, pandemic influenza, and other emerging infectious diseases, specifically the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa.

FMU’s Professor Seiji YASUMURA made a presentation on “Challenges in Fukushima after 3 years from the Great East Japan Disaster”. A representative from the USA expressed his high regard for the Fukushima Health Management Survey. Ministers/Secretaries/Commissioners agreed on working collaboratively to inform future planning for radiological and nuclear incidents within the health sector.

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1-5 Dec 2014 FMU-IAEA Consultancy Meeting

Fukushima Medical University (FMU) and IAEA agreed to conduct 3 projects in 2012. The 1st one is NA9/16: Enhancing radiation medicine education by building capacity of health professionals and medical students. The 2nd one is NA9/17: Strengthening research co-operation in radiation disaster medicine including post-traumatic stress disorders. And the 3rd one is NA/21: Development of a specific training package for medical radiation physicists in support of nuclear or radiological emergency situations.

An FMU-IAEA Consultancy Meeting was held 1-5 December to review NA9/16 and NA9/17 project activities implemented in 2013-2014 and to debate over the draft textbooks authored by the Science, Technology and Society (STS) specialists who participated in these programs. FMU & IAEA will add necessary content to them from the viewpoint of a disaster-stricken area, for publication in both English and Japanese, to advance radiation medicine education around the world.