All Round Helicopter (ARH) is a Japanese non-profit organisation that provides a free life-saving service through helicopter patient transportation for Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture and its neighbouring areas in northern parts of Japan (Tohoku Region). In cooperation with public and private partners along with generous support from local communities, ARH is able to contribute to an increase in survival and rehabilitation rates of patients in the region.
Coastal areas in Tohoku including Kesennuma have long been experiencing a continued trend of depopulation and aging population, as well as a serious shortage of doctors, which is a wide-spread phenomenon in rural areas of the country. In addition, Kesennuma and its neighbouring coastal areas, located far from major inland cities, have a severe geographical disadvantage in transporting patients to advanced medical institutions in emergency cases.
Under these circumstances, the Great East Japan Earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in the country, struck vast areas of Japan on 11th March 2011. Due to subsequent tsunamis, hospitals and clinics in Tohoku coastal areas suffered an unprecedented damage and the majority of them completely lost their capacities of providing medical services. Even now, numbers of hospitals/clinics and medical professionals in the affected areas have not recovered to the already-problematic standards of pre-quake times, which is a significant threat to the long-term recovery of local communities and building a healthy society for future generations.
Having been established in 2012, ARH’s goal is saving more lives through helicopter patient transportation and also challenging the status quo in disaster-affected areas with health disparities in Tohoku. In Kesennuma, for instance, a helicopter makes a 30-minute patient transportation possible to an advanced medical institution in Sendai, while it normally takes over 2 hours by ambulance. In partnership with key hospitals in the region, extremely experienced ARH pilots and mechanics work together with specialist doctors, nurses and paramedics in order to ensure rapid and safe patient transportation.
Being a non-profit organisation, ARH heavily relies on donations from individuals and businesses in order to remain operational and continue to save more lives. Thanks to considerable support from people, ARH can keep flying into the future to achieve its goal.
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