Welcome to the latest edition of the MSM Member Update.
As for most people, 2020 has been a year of challenge and disruption ... along with many other things! But we are happy to report that the oral health initiatives we are working on, in partnership with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health, are gathering pace; for the benefit of ALL Ni-Vanuatu.
MSM Annual Report 2020
The Annual Report is packed full of information and has been compiled under the following headings:
SECTION ONE – 2020 AT A GLANCE
Messages from the Coordinators
Highlights from the past year
Messages from our Partners
Where’s the boat?
SECTION TWO – FUTURE PLANS & PROJECTS
Projects currently underway
Plans and dreams the future
SECTION THREE – FINANCIALS
Christmas Greetings & Gift Idea
We thank everyone for their support, prayers and encouragement and take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and joyful Christmas.
And ... if you are looking for a unique gift-idea that just keeps giving, year-after-year, why not consider one, or more, “Gudfala Tut Pikinini Paks” for just $15 each. More information can be found in the latest MSM newsletter, with the Order Form HERE
Merry Christmas and Tank Yu Tumas
Rob Latimer & Mike Clarke
PS As you plan your giving for 2021, you might also consider making a tax deductible donation to MSM Inc. We can assure you that virtually every dollar you give translates into practical assistance on the ground in Vanuatu, focused on building a positive and sustainable, "generational-shift" in oral health habits and outcomes, to combat the increasing burden of tooth decay and gum disease, thereby improving health for life. DONATE HERELeave a Comment»
The Past 12 Months
Medical Sailing Ministries conducted four outreach missions throughout 2017 in conjunction with PCV Health. (www.pcvhealth.org)
Each mission-team comprised between 12 and 15 people, both Ni-Van (local) and overseas volunteers, taking dental, eyecare and medical services to a total of eighteen islands. (Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna, Erromango, Emae,Tongoa, Epi, Lamen, Paama, Ambrym, Santo, Ambae, Pentecost, Maewo, Merelava, Gaua, Vanualava and Ureparapara.)
(Front l-r, Oral Therapist Barkon Japeth & dentist Dr Wellin Jerethy with Bob and Richard behind)
A total of 45 self-funded volunteers participated over the six month period, with some of the clinical stats. included below for those who like their numbers…
- 728 eyecare patients seen, with 413 pairs of spectacles dispensed and 35 referrals made.
- 718 dental patients (extracting 873 teeth, eleven from one woman alone), and
- 966 medical patients treated
National Oral Health Survey
In addition, MSM coordinated a National Oral Health Survey on behalf of the Vanuatu Ministry of Health. It is the first such survey ever to be conducted in Vanuatu and is being done in accordance with strict World Health Organisation (WHO) methodologies. The survey encompasses around 1% of the population (approx. 2,800 people) across 5 different age cohorts, in 90 locations (urban, rural & remote) and on more than 30 of the country’s 63 inhabited islands. It involved a tooth-by-tooth oral examination, plus a detailed interview questionnaire conducted in the local language by mostly local volunteers and health professionals.
Once completed, (later this year) the final report will be published on the WHO oral health database and used as the foundation for the establishment of a National Oral Health Plan, to address the health-catastrophe that is unfolding as a result of the adoption of a largely sugar-based diet; as is the case in most Pacific-island nations.
Again, we thank you for your ongoing interest, encouragement and support.
To the volunteers … you did an amazing job, and without you the program simply would not have got off the ground … or left the wharf … as the case may be.
Whilst there is now uncertainty about the very survival of PCV Health in the wake of their funding “issues”, underneath we feel there is a real opportunity here to put the health program on a firm, sustainable and independent footing for the future. Your donation towards the interim, short-term funding, to keep the team of eight together, would really be welcome, whatever you feel able to give.
Smooth seas, fair breeze and tank yu tumas !
Robert Latimer & Mike Clarke