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 …

Graeme Duke – Doctor Gadget of the South Pacific

Please pray for Graeme and Sue Duke as they complete a week-long stay in Port Vila. 
Graeme’s purpose on this, probably his 9th “Tour of Duty” to this small developing nation, is to locate and install a swag of much needed medical equipment at the Port Vila Central Hospital. 
Equipment salvaged by Graeme, donated by Box Hill Hospital as part of their recent re-fit and transported by Rotary in Geelong earlier this year.
Read about it in the Vanuatu Daily Post
Graeme’s daily blog makes for very interesting reading.  
Just click the link …

MSM Vanuatu Member Update – March 2016 Supplement

Greetings from MSM …

Who would have thought the opening of the Paunangisu village public toilet would make it onto the BBC News website?  Not me that’s for sure.

Read into it what you like, but if we can just secure the Queen’s official endorsement we might change the toilet’s slogan to something like “Royal Flush before Royal Ascent”  … maybe it needs a bit more work …?

Anyway, hope you enjoy the latest 2016 March Vanuatu MSM Member Update (Supplement) edition featuring the official opening of the BEST Public Toilet in The South Pacific

(For some light relief visit …  )

And here are the overseas news links …

BBC News Report

Website article

Radio New Zealand Reports


Audio & Transcript

Website article



Blessings and cheers


Rob Latimer & Mike Clarke

Medical Sailing Ministries

Paunangisu Village Partnership

Vanuatu Dental Care Service

What Aid Where

MSM Vanuatu Member Update – March 2016

Greetings from MSM …

We hope you enjoy the latest March 2016 Medical Sailing Ministries Update newsletter

Blessings and cheers

Rob Latimer & Mike Clarke
Medical Sailing Ministries
Paunangisu Village Partnership
Vanuatu Dental Care Service

What Aid Where

Article in September Crosslight

A new article on the PVP was also published in September Crosslight.


Article in Maroondah Leader on PVP Toilet block

Read the report in the Leader Newspaper, 25 August 2015, P12. on the Toilet block project. The container being sent to Vanuatu was off the coast of Noumea at the time of posting after going via Sydney and Brisbane.


Rob on Eastern FM

Hear Rob interviewed on Eastern FM on Friday 10th April 2015



2015 shaping up to be a big year


2015 01 Cruising Helmsman

See below for all the latest on becoming a part of our Medical and Dental teams for 2015 and read more about what we do here:

Have a read of the December 2014 Member Update and the latest article in  2015 January Cruising Helmsman magazine.


Hunkering in the bunk

Cruising Helmsman June 2013

Read Rob’s latest article in the June edition of Cruising Helmsman magazine.
You can also download the May 2013 edition of the Member Update.

Barry the builder retrains as an obstetrician to serve the people of remote PNG

It took 12 years, but in 2002 at the age of 52 country builder Barry was fully qualified as a doctor and an Australian Registered obstetrics specialist.

Barry’s father spoke little of his time fighting the Japanese in PNG during the second world war, but he did relate the wonderful care and treatment the troops received at the hands of the local Melanesians.  This no doubt sowed the seed that would grow into young Barry’s total immersion into the world of PNG and his plan to now acquire a sea plane so he can deliver an even better medical service to the remote and far flung islands.

I’ve attached a great article from a recent Weekend Australian Magazine.  A real inspiration and an example of where life can lead us when we follow those unexplained messages and callings of the mind and spirit.