Greetings and welcome!!
After providing yacht-based, remote-access medical transport in 2009, 2010 and 2013, last year (2014) saw Chimere remain in Melbourne for a year of repair and maintenance.
Medical Sailing Ministries still remained active throughout 2014, however, with 2015 looking even more action-packed.
Key activities in 2014 included the expansion of the Vanuatu Dental Care Service and the running of two multi-disciplinary outreach missions – in July and August, to the islands of Pentecost and Maewo. You might like to check-out the day-to-day mission activities at the following links:
The latest Healthy Tooth – Healthy Life, dental newsletter can be found here …
Throughout 2015, we will continue recruiting dental volunteers to staff the Port Vila clinic, while assisting with the recruitment and running of the four Outreach Missions planned from May-August.
Further details can be found at the following links.
The medical teams comprise both indigenous (Ni-van) healthcare workers and Australian volunteer medical professionals in fields of dentistry, optometry and general medical care. Training of local Healthcare Workers and the building of capacity and resources on the ground in Vanuatu, are key aspects of their work.
Whilst Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM) is largely funded through private donations and the owners of the boat, the groups being assisted (ie the Vanuatu Dental Care Service and the Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Project) function through a partnership of committed organisations, including the Uniting Church of Australia, the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu, Rotary, Dept Foreign Affairs & Trade (the old AusAID) and the Government of Vanuatu.
We sincerely welcome your involvement and invite you to look through the videos, photos, Ship’s Log and other resources on this website to learn more of our work.
You might also like to consider volunteering, or sending this request onto someone you know.
Your comments, questions and donations are always welcome.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Robert Latimer, Barry Crouch and Mike Clarke