Establishment of the Japan Dietetic Association - Disaster Assistance Team (JDA-DAT) and its Roles
  • Country – Japan
     
    Based on our experience gained through the dispatch of registered and volunteer dietitians for disaster support and restoration related activities after the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011, the Japan Dietetic Association decided to establish the Japan Dietetic Association - Disaster Assistance Team (hereafter, JDA-DAT).

    The purpose of this organization is to promote and foster registered dietitians equipped with the necessary technical knowledge and techniques required in order to provide swift emergency dietary support for the disaster-stricken region in cooperation with medical, welfare, and government nutrition specialists, etc., when a large-scale natural disaster, such as a major earthquake or typhoon, strikes anywhere in Japan.

    The first session of the JDA-DAT Leadership Promotion Training Program was held in Tokyo on February 18 and 19, 2012. On the recommendation of dietary associations in all of the prefectures across the nation, a total of 106 persons with a history of work duty as a registered dietitian for five years or more and experience in disaster support situations completed the training course and were awarded the JDA-DAT leader certification. In the next 10-year period, we intend to foster 1,000 new JDA-DAT leaders, and promote the inclusion of JDA-DAT staff members in all of the prefectural dietary associations across the nation.