Establishing a bright, promising future for our children
Chairman , Masayoshi Yanagisawa
Japan is currently in the midst of transforming its system for providing pediatric care. The issues that need to be resolved are too numerous to mention, including primary care, emergency medical care, highly specialized medical care, and neonatal intensive care. Under these circumstances, cooperation from the public as well as from medical personnel is paramount in order to help forge a bright future for children. Since its establishment in 1999, Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan has been building “Ronald McDonald House” accommodations for children suffering from illnesses and their families, implementing activities to aid and develop volunteers in the welfare and medical care fields, and contributing to building a new “volunteer culture”. The “Ronald McDonald House” program first started in the U.S., and currently is an increasingly necessary global program operating in approximately 42 countries worldwide. In Japan, Houses are currently accommodating families of hospitalized patients in Tokyo, Sendai, Osaka, Tochigi, and Sapporo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Kobe, and we are also receiving numerous requests to build other Houses. These activities would not be possible without the support and cooperation of many individuals. We will put every effort into establishing a bright, promising future for as many children as possible. It is my earnest wish that your strong support will help the development of a new medical care culture: “medical care supported by the general public”.