International Collaborative Activities
RERF actively participates in international collaborations. This
makes the experience and knowledge gained through our studies on
A-bomb survivors widely available for the benefit of the world.
Such activity includes cooperation with international organizations
such as the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of
Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), the World Health Organization (WHO),
and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has
issued recommendations on radiation exposure dose limits based on
RERF study results, and the recommendations have been promulgated
throughout the world. RERF has thus contributed to the establishment
of global radiation protection standards.
Accordingly, several projects were initiated as a consequence of the accident
at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986. One was
the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE),
organized on the basis of collaboration among Hiroshima Prefecture and City,
local medical associations, universities, hospitals, and research institutes.
The Nagasaki Association of Hibakushas' Medical Care (NASHIM),
operated by Nagasaki City and Prefecture, local medical associations,
and other related organizations, was another such project.
The purpose of these projects is to train physicians and researchers
from countries where people have been exposed to radiation.
RERF annually accepts more than 100 short-term trainees and several
long-term trainees through these projects.
In 1996, the A-bomb Dome was designated a world heritage site. This
designation was very important to the city where the A-bomb was
dropped. At the same time, we must remain mindful of those people
all over the world who have been exposed to radiation and consider
Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be the places where they can acquire the
best knowledge about radiation exposure. RERF's mission, to contribute
to the welfare and medical care of A-bomb survivors, also includes
contribution to medical treatment and health studies for people
throughout the world exposed to radiation. We hope that our knowledge
and experience can make this research institution worthy of the
recognition Hiroshima and Nagasaki claim around the world. To this
end, RERF considers close collaboration and cooperation with the
local communities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be of utmost importance.