After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a combination of extremely hot weather and piles of debris and mud provided the ideal breeding ground for rats, flies and mosquitoes. Where pest populations are allowed to explode, these potentially disease-spreading animals can form a serious health threat.
Partner organization Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO) had already implemented disinfection projects in eight municipalities, successfully preventing major pest outbreaks, before turning to this project. The JTI Foundation supported NICCO's efforts to assist local governments in 10 municipalities in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, preventing critical pest outbreaks.
Under this program, a team of pest control specialists was able to educate local governments in pest control techniques and assist affected communities. The team's aim was to control the potentially critical outbreak of infectious diseases through mitigating pest prevalence and combating food poisoning.
This resulted in improved hygiene standards for the population as a whole with around 500,000 people in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures benefitted from this project.