Appreciation for "Emergency Support Following the Spread of COVID-19" and Report on the Situation to Date
July 9, 2020
Since mid-May, Keio University has had in place a page for donations toward "Emergency support following the spread of COVID-19." We have received the generous support and cooperation of many people, including Keio alumni, in this endeavor to support students with difficulties continuing their studies for financial reasons and to support healthcare through the enhancement of the medical infrastructure to combat COVID-19.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for their good wishes with donations in excess of 260 million yen already received (as of June 26). Detailed information including reports on donation milestones will be updated on an ongoing basis at the below page.
While we have effectively put donations to use to offer financial support to students or for the procurement of medical equipment and materials at healthcare sites, with no end in sight to COVID-19, further support for schooling and healthcare is needed.
We will continue to collect donations while reporting on the initiatives for student services and healthcare at Keio University to date (as of June 30).
[Support for students (report on status to date)]
Keio University has instituted a variety of support measures in response to the spread of COVID-19 to ensure that students have peace of mind in, and can give their undivided attention to, their studies. This has included holding undergraduate faculty and graduate school classes online, while maintaining standards of education, research, and healthcare.
For Keio students who have experienced deteriorations in their financial circumstances due to sudden changes in household finances or loss of income from part-time jobs, we have actively deployed a total of around 24 billion yen of scholarships and financial aid exclusively prepared by Keio, with the decision also made to offer further financial support with the increase of the scholarship framework by 500 million yen. Spring Semester recruitment was conducted for the Keio University Degree Completion Scholarship (no repayment required), with aid of 400,000 yen each already having been provided to approximately 1,800 students. We will continue to support Keio University students with financial difficulties in the Fall Semester.
In addition, 15,000 yen was provided to around 1,800 Keio students who were experiencing difficulties in creating the requisite communications environment at the commencement of online classes.
Furthermore, we are continuing to offer various support tailored to the individual needs of Keio students in addition to financial support, by implementing psychological care through telephone and online consultation by counsellors from the Student Counseling Room, and support for Keio students with disabilities by establishing an Information Accessibility for the Disabled Support Desk.
[Healthcare Initiatives (report on status to date)]
At the Shinanomachi Campus, staff on the ground at the School of Medicine and Keio University Hospital have maintained a determined, night and day battle with COVID-19.
While infections occurred on wards at Keio University Hospital that originated with inpatients from other hospitals in March, appropriate measures were taken and these were contained. Measures being taken to prevent infections include pre-inpatient PCR examinations and zoning within the hospital, which have helped establish a system for healthcare centered around the "COVID-19 Life-Saving Team" consisting of multiple clinical departments. In the initial period of infections, inpatient hospitalizations and outpatient care were temporarily restricted, but have now restarted as normal with precautions in place to prevent infections.
Additionally, a variety of basic and clinical research projects have been initiated at the School of Medicine and Keio University Hospital, for which many research outcomes are anticipated. These projects are collectively referred to as the "Keio Donner Projects" (Donner was the nickname of Shibasaburo Kitasato, the first Dean of the School of Medicine and Director General of the Hospital), and include the "Coronavirus Task Force," an emergency project to identify genetic factors relating to the aggravation of COVID-19.