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From Tokyo to London

We had the absolute pleasure of supporting some amazing nurses from Tokyo in continuing their education surrounding Mesothelioma and asbestos related diseases.

Sarah Nagamatsu, Associate Professor, St Luke’s International University is currently working with Bell Land Hospital in Osaka, Japan. Sarah's main role is global health which involves educating student nurses from developing countries.

However, Sarah is invested in the research field, particularly in mesothelioma and asbestos, she is the only nursing researcher who is major in mesothelioma in Japan.

Sarah educates nurses and carries out research to improve the care of patients and family along with educational tools for nurses and information guidebooks for patients.

Sarah came to London with 4 nurses after being awarded financial support by The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grants-in Aid for Scientific Research (JSPS KAKENHI).

Sarah was accompanied by Yoko Maehara, Head of Nursing, Fumiko Noguchi, Nursing Administrative, Nana Ishikawa, Head of Palliative Care and Shoko Minami, Leader, Plumoral Ward from Bell Land Hospital, Japan.

Our Support Manager, Jodie Bull assisted Sarah with the co-ordination of the visit to enhance the education of the nurses whilst in London. The nurses met our support worker, Louise Chaffe alongside Mesothelioma UK Nurse Sam Jayasekara and Cancer

Co- ordinator, Sue Robinson at Broomfield Hospital, Essex. The nurses were able to learn about how a nurse supports asbestos victims and how they

collaborate with other specialists.

Sarah and the nurses also met with our support manager Jodie Bull and Head of Asbestos Litigation, Paul Webber from JMW. Jodie explained the benefits sufferers can apply for, how the charity supports mesothelioma and asbestos disease victims and the campaigns run by the Asbestos Victim Support Group Forum.

Paul completed a presentation on the background of asbestos and talked about the very first case that was recorded. Paul also talked about the government lump sum scheme and how legal cases can be bought against an employer.

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