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Sea Mercy Bringing Free health care and disaster relief services to the 1,000's of neglected and forgotten remote islands across the South Pacific via a fleet of Floating Health Care Clinics.

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  • Serving the Remote Islands, South Pacific, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu
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OVERVIEW

Description

In the USA, we are blessed with the medical infrastructure and staff that is available to the majority of our population, but in the South Pacific, there are no roads, power lines, or phone systems to connect the smaller, less populated, islands to the same health care services offered on the more populated, primary islands. Sadly, these remote islands are left without even the most basic of health care services, creating an incredible disparity between the remote islands and primary islands in terms of overall health, infant mortality and immunization rates, and longevity.

There are also no disaster response platforms available to deliver international aid to these remote islanders. With earthquakes and tsunamis in the South Pacific becoming a yearly event, the need for disaster response is even more urgent than before. Providing these necessary health care and disaster relief services to South Pacific remote islands is the very reason that Sea Mercy was created.

Sea Mercy is a US based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a simple vision and mission to "stand in the gap" with a service delivery vessel, trained health volunteers, support equipment, and critical care services until our island nation partners develop their "outer island" health care infrastructure. Operating from a growing fleet of large sailing catamarans, Sea Mercy provides and staffs free Floating Health Care Clinics (FHCC) for our island nation partner's remote islands. Each health care specific team (4-8 volunteers) joins us for a two-week rotation where we visit only the outer remote islands that do not have access to medical care, dental care and eye care services.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

Program Details

Our Service Delivery Platforms (SDP) vessels (large sailing catamarans) are currently providing free health care services to our island nation partners' remote islands (listed below) that they cannot reach (no service delivery vessel). There are so many needs and opportunities on these remote islands (agricultural, education, income generation, climate change, etc.) that our vessels could be addressing with the right partners. We believe that by combining services and sharing our SDP vessels, we could have a much larger impact on the remote islanders than just health care.

There are eleven island nation communities that Sea Mercy is targeting with their program, two currently being served and one additional targeted for 2015, each in desperate need of health care assistance for their large number of remote islands. They are:

+ The Kingdom of Tonga (1 primary island, 176 remote islands)*
+ The Republic of Fiji (2 primary islands, 332 remote islands)**
+ Solomon Islands (5 primary islands, 900+ remote islands)
+ Federated States of Micronesia (4 primary islands, 607 remote islands)
+ Palau (3 primary islands, 250 remote islands)
+ Vanuatu (2 primary islands, 81 remote islands)***
+ The Marshall Islands (1 primary island, 34 remote islands)
+ Kiribati (1 primary island, 32 remote islands)
+ The Cook Islands (2 primary islands, 13 remote islands)
+ The Mariana Islands (1 primary islands, 14 remote islands)
+ Tuvalu (1 primary island, 8 remote islands)

* serving Tonga since 2013
** serving Fiji since 2014
*** targeted for 2015

Available Volunteer Assignments/Rotation Schedule

In 2015 we have 15 incredible rotation opportunities available for our Sea Mercy volunteers. Our rotations will consist of the following combination of international and island nation partner health care service volunteers:

1. Medical Care Services (doctors, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists)
2. Dental Care Services (dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, technicians)
3. Ophthalmology Care Services (ophthalmologists, vision assistants)

2015 Schedule - April through October

Each rotation will have a minimum of 4 volunteers operating (some up to 8), of which three must be health care related (i.e. doctor, nurse, dentist, and health ministry staff member). This allows our volunteers to bring a spouse/family member* to join them on their rotation as a support crew. For those looking to reduce costs, you can Build Your Own Team of 5 or more members.

Below are the 2015 rotation dates:

1 | Rotation 1 (April 6-17th)
2 | Rotation 2 (April 19-May 1st)
3 | Rotation 3 (May 4-15th)
4 | Rotation 4 (May 18-29th)
5 | Rotation 5 (June 1-12th)
6 | Rotation 6 (June 15-26th)
7 | Rotation 7 (June 29-July 10th)
8 | Rotation 8 (July 13-24th)
9 | Rotation 9 (July 27-August 7th)
10 | Rotation 10 (August 10-21st)
11 | Rotation 11 (August 24-September 4th)
12 | Rotation 12 (September 7-18th)
13 | Rotation 13 (September 21-October 2nd)
14 | Rotation 14 (October 5-16th)
15 | Rotation 15 (October 19-30th)
16 | Emergency Relief Needs (as needed from November 1st-March 30th)

We would like to invite other organizations who might be interested in joining us in our efforts to help the remote islanders in all facets of life and health that they face.

For more Information

www.seamercy.org/node/94

SUPPORTING VENTURES IN THESE SECTORS

  • Agriculture
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Communications / Media / ICT
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Education
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Fair Trade, Organic Products
  • Health
  • Natural Resources / Conservation
  • Women, Girls

supporting ventures in these regions

  • Oceania

TYPES OF COMPANIES ACCEPTED

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid
  • Other

accepting applications or entries

ACCEPTED:

December 01, 2014 - February 28, 2015

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