Disappearing everyday materials: The displacement of medical resources following disaster in Fukushima, Japan
Sudeepa Abeysinghe, Claire Leppold, Akihiko Ozaki, Mariko Morita, Masaharu Tsubokura
Social Science and Medicine | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2017
This study draws upon interviews of medical staff working in the city of Minamisoma, Japan, following the 2011 Triple Disaster. It investigates staff responses to the disruption of material resources as a consequence of the disaster and its management. The disruption of spaces, and the loss of oxygen supplies, food, and medications impacted upon staff experience and the ability of institutions to care for patients. This resulted in a restructuring of spaces and materials as workers made efforts to reconfigure and reestablish healthcare functions. This is one of the few qualitative studies which draws upon the experience and perspectives of health workers in understanding material disruption ..View full abstract
Awarded by Wellcome Trust
This research was conducted with the support of a Wellcome Trust small grant 201726/Z/16/Z. The authors would also like to thank Amina Sugimoto for her assistance during the research process, as well as the anonymous reviewers for their helpful feedback.