Vanuatu Mission

 Maewo Island. Vanuatan Medical Mission August 2014.

During August , Garry, Robyn, Leticia and our locum dentist,  Natalie formed the Dental team as part of a Volunteer Outreach Medical Mission to the remote island of Maewo, in the far NE of the Vanuatan Archipelago.

 The island is very mountainous with a few villages dotted along its western coastline and with a population of about 2,000 people.

 Having no power or running water our dental skills were challenged and we had to quickly adapt to working outside with very basic equipment. In the two weeks we were there our dentists extracted 367 teeth.

The islanders had had no access to dental treatment for three years and were extremely grateful of our help. Some walked for 5hrs hours over a mountain in bare feet for treatment and after having teeth extracted ,walked the 5hrs home again before dark, tough!

 They are a serene,gentle,happy people who exist on what they can grow, we lived their village life and ate their traditional foods.

On our two rest days we hiked to remote waterfalls and enjoyed spectacular,pristine,tropical scenery. In all it was an unforgettable,life changing experience!

For further information on these Medical Missions go to ; www.msm.org.au.  To view the blog of our trip go to http://pcvmaewoaugust2014.wordpress.com/

They are always looking for medical/dental experienced volunteers for these missions.

 

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