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Something to Get Your Teeth Into

It’s been a big week in Paradise, as Richard Tatwin, Barry Stewart, Morinda Kalmar, Bob Natuman, Mike Clarke and Rob Latimer continue the oral health work of Medical Sailing Ministries – in partnership with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health and PCV Health (Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu health program).

Gudfala-Tut-Skul-ProjekOur energy is now focused on finding ways to expand the “Gudfala Tut Skul Projek” (tr: Good Teeth School Project) which we have been successfully operating at Vila Central School over the past 20 weeks.

The Gudfala Tut Skul Projek empowers and resources teachers to conduct supervised brushing of teeth each morning at school, as well as parents and guardians to do the same at night; spreading the message to siblings and adults alike that daily brushing of teeth is for everyone.

The program also involves the manufacture of our own toothpaste in Mint, Tropical and Bubblegum flavours, using a base of coconut oil, to help make the program as sustainable as possible.

And as the poster reminds us all … Brush Well … Eat Well … Drink Well …

Launching of the Vanuatu National Oral Health Survey

Thursday 15 November saw the launching of the Vanuatu National Oral Health Survey and Vanuatu National Oral Health Policy.

The official reports can be downloaded here:

Congratulations to all involved in this massive undertaking.


REMINDER : Just 4 sleeps … This Saturday night, 6 October, Blast From Your Past

Greetings again,
and a very big thank you to everyone who has already responded !!
Just thought I’d send around a final reminder for those who might have intended coming, but overlooked the fact that it’s just 4 sleeps until the big night – Blast From Your Past.
I’ve attached a flyer with all the information, plus the links below:
And here’s the website …
It’s all in a good cause … raising money for the work of Medical Sailing Ministries in Vanuatu;  particular next year as we expand the in-school brushing of teeth program – “Gudfala Tut Skul Projek” – outside the capital Port Vila
Feel free to pass this invitation onto friends and family !    
Call me on 0428 370 579 if you have any questions 
Look forward to keeping in touch.
All the best
Rob Latimer
PS  RSVP-ing  is not essential – just come along – but if you think you’ll be there and you can flick back an email with numbers, that will help with planning and set-up.

“Blast From Your Past” … a unique MSM fundraiser event


Your Invitation + friends, family & neighbours – 6 October 2018
A fun night of music and variety entertainment called “Blast From Your Past” ( is planned for Saturday 6th October, as a fundraiser for the work of MSM in Vanuatu.  
The format for the evening will be similar to the successful 60s and 70s nights held over the past three years, with good ol’ fashioned “Nostalgia“, plus an ensemble of amazingly talented musicians, fueling the fun and frivolity.
There’s also the chance to come dressed in your favorite decade, the Rock’n 50sRebel 60sRelaxed 70s, or the Recent 80s … (…as you’d be aware, nothing of note has happened in the past 30 years, so the evening is featuring solely pre-1990 music, comedy, TV and news)   
Event Promos
A flyer is attached, but I’ve also included a few recent fun video promos for the event below…

And here’s the website …
Feel free to pass it onto friends and family !  Why not come along as a group?!
It’s not essential to RSVP, but if you can it’ll help tremendously with planning.  
If you think you can come just flick an email to, with names and numbers.
Look forward to catching up on the night!
All the best
Rob Latimer
for Medical Sailing Ministries
Ph 0428 370 579

Vanuatu MSM Member Update & PCV Helt Nius – June 2018

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries and PCV Health,

and thank you for your continued interest, encouragement and support.

The latest  June 2018 MSM Member Update newsletter (attached) points to the amazing work being done by the eye and dental team in Vanuatu, who are continuing to re-structure their health service into a commercial, financially sustainable business; while still retaining their focus on delivering care to those in greatest need.

It’s been a busy, productive and exciting few months and we  invite you to read the latest  PCV Helt Nius; to discover more – and be inspired.

(Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu Health News)

Smooth seas, fair breeze and Tank Yu Tumas 

Robert Latimer & Mike Clarke

MSM Coordinators, 


Latest PCVHealth Report available

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries, 
Please take time to read the latest  2018 May PCV Helt Nius on what has been happening heathwise in Vanuatu, current status of the National Oral Health Survey and possible initiatives for the future.

Blessings to you


Robert Latimer & Mike Clarke

MSM Coordinators, 


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Latest Progress Report now available to download

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries, 
Our night with Pastor Tasale was a great success. We had around 50 people along in the end, which wasn’t bad given that we got back from NZ the previous Friday morning and  it was all cobbled together in 6 days.  
Please take time to read our latest  MSM Progress Report on what we have achieved over the past 12 months, current status of MSM and the National Oral Health Survey and what initiatives are in place for the future.

Blessings to you


Robert Latimer & Mike Clarke

MSM Coordinators, 


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Pastor Tasale from Paunangisu to visit NRUC

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries, 

It’s short notice, but for those who will be in Melbourne this coming Friday night, a special evening of Friendship, Fun and Fellowship is being planned to coincide with the visit of Pastor Tasale from the village of Paunangisu, which is about one hour’s drive north of Port Vila and the home of PCV Health Dental Care Worker, Morinda Kalmar (nee Toare) … and coincidentally, the BEST Public Toilet in The South Pacific …

Key details of the evening are as follows:

– Friday 4th May 2018   (7:00pm-9:15pm)

– North Ringwood Uniting Church, 14 Dickson Cres, Ringwood North 

– Visit by Pastor Tasale from Paunangisu Village       

– Videos from the 2017 Supporters Tour & MSM Mission

– Latest news from the National Oral Health Survey, Gudfala Tut Skul program (ie Good Teeth School) and the Supervised School Brushing Trial

– News concerning the Seasonal Worker Program and how to get involved 


– Supper following.

– Dress Tropical & Colourful

– Cost by donation to cover catering & to support PCV Health in their continuing transition to a self-sustaining business model

Please pass the word around … the more the merrier.

And if you are able to RSVP to assist with catering, that would be great (to Rob Latimer  at )  Otherwise, just come along.

Click Invalid download ID. for more details

Blessings to you


Robert Latimer & Mike Clarke

MSM Coordinators, 


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February 2018 Member Update available

The  1 February 2018 MSM Member Update is now available.

In it we look at the the effect removal of AusAid funding from PCVHealth, and moves to make this valuable service  self-sustaining in the longer term with your help.

MSM Brief Report

With the Chimere finally berthed in Westernport it is time to give a brief report on what we have achieved.

In the words of Cam Heath:

Hastings to Hastings
177 Days
5000+ nautical miles
1000+ surveys
Hundreds of dental, optometry and GP services
29 people evacuated
1 yacht salvaged and 2 happy Germans
Hundreds of hours boat work
Thousands of hearts touched including ours

Well done MSM!

Blessings to all


For those wanting a few more details from Rob please click to download the 2017-10-31 MSM Report 2017 in Brief