School of Medicine, Department of Nursing Associate Professor Futoshi Ohyama was dispatched to cyclone-stricken Mozambique from April 5-18 as part of the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Emergency Medical Team.
Mozambique, in the southern part of Africa, suffered from heavy rain and widespread flooding during a March 15 cyclone. According to the government of Mozambique, about 600 people have died and approximately 520,000 others have been affected (as of April 3).
The JDR team which Ohyama joined was dispatched by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), upon request by the Mozambique government. The 24 doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who participated in these efforts were split into two teams. Ohyama's team continued the medical work of the first team, which landed in Mozambique at the end of March.