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Message from the President

Hiroshima suffered the tragedy of the atomic bombing for the first time in  human history. The Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE)was established in April 1991, with the aim of contributing to medical care for radiation-exposed people all over the world as well as promoting international cooperation through close partnerships with relevant institutions, making use of the experience and knowledge accumulated through the invaluable sacrifices made here in Hiroshima.

 

Since its establishment, HICARE has implemented a variety of projects, including support for medical care of those exposed to radiation through the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident and Semipalatinsk Nuclear Tests, cooperation in radiation emergency medicine, training of healthcare personnel for the A-bomb survivors in North and South America and South Korea, compiling documents related to the medical care of the A-bomb survivors, and holding symposiums.

 

In Japan, HICARE has been engaged in activities such as dispatching experts in response to the criticality accident in Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture in 1999 and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Especially since the Fukushima accident, with the aim of assisting in reconstruction necessitated by nuclear power plant accidents that occurred in Japan, HICARE's constituent organizations have been developing various support activities, utilizing  its’ international network in order to make use of the experience accumulated in Hiroshima as much as possible.

 

HICARE has been recognized for its activities and received the Public Health Award, the most prestigious award in Japan in the field of public health and hygiene.

 

In addition, in 2012, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of HICARE, we entirely revised “Effects of A-Bomb Radiation on the Human Body,” which is highly acclaimed as a manual on the effects of radiation on the health of A-bomb survivors, incorporating the latest knowledge.

 

Furthermore, in 2014, HICARE was designated as an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Collaborating Centre in the field of “capacity building in radiation effects and human health,” and has been making new international contributions, such as actively engaging in joint research and human resource development projects, using the IAEA's international network.

 

In the 75 years since the atomic bombings, collaborative activities utilizing international cooperation have become essential in the fields of health care, regarding the medical treatment of radiation-exposed people and the health effects of radiation. In this situation, the role of HICARE has become increasingly important.

 

HICARE will continue to gather Hiroshima’s wisdom together to develop human resources and disseminate information in the field of medical care for radiation-exposed people.

 

We hope that this website will be viewed by the general public, as well as medical professionals, researchers, and government officials, both in Japan and overseas, to deepen their understanding of HICARE's activities and to become better informed about the effects of radiation exposure.

 

Augst, 2020

HICARE President  Kenji Kamiya