JDR Vol.9 No.5 pp. 823-827
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2014.p0823


Research Activities and Responding to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): Tohoku-RITM Collaborating Research Center in the Philippines

Mariko Saito*,**, Mayuko Saito*, Tadatsugu Imamura*,
Taro Kamigaki*, Socorro P. Lupisan***, and Hitoshi Oshitani*

*Department of Virology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-1 Seiryo-machi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8575, Japan

**Tohoku-RITM Collaborating Research Center on Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases, 3

rd floor, BMD Building, RITM compound, FCC, Alabang, Muntinlupa 1781, the Philippines

***Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, FCC, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1781, the Philippines

March 7, 2014
July 1, 2014
October 1, 2014
the Philippines, emerging and re-emerging infections, post disaster surveillance, typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
In the six years since the Tohoku-RITM Collaborating Research Center was established, the center has been working on major infectious diseases in the Philippines and conducting molecular and epidemiological studies from a public health perspective. Its target diseases include pneumonia, diarrhea, and rabies, which are a major public health problem in the Philippines. Some studies have also been conducted on emerging and re-emerging infections significantly impacting both on the Philippines and on other countries. In November 2013, typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the Visayas, where one of our research areas is located. The center responded immediately and helped assess and diagnose infectious diseases, based on our experience of Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
Cite this article as:
M. Saito, M. Saito, T. Imamura, T. Kamigaki, S. Lupisan, and H. Oshitani, “Research Activities and Responding to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): Tohoku-RITM Collaborating Research Center in the Philippines,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.9 No.5, pp. 823-827, 2014.
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