With our last rotation of 2014 ending in October and the final month of the year passing without any major disasters (cyclones, earthquakes, outbreaks), we wanted to put a beautiful year ending bow on the 2nd year of our program and share with our volunteers, partners, sponsors and followers the impact that they had in the South Pacific in 2014 and what is in store for 2015.

The greatest need on the remote islands of the South Pacific is not for an effective and consistent Dental Care delivery program (Sea Mercy has it), it’s finding dental professionals willing to help deliver it. Due to low pay and opportunities, there is a huge talent drain (migration) of dental professionals from the island nations to first world countries. We need your help!

I just returned from a 2 week rotation in the Southern Lau Islands of Fiji on the sailing vessel Dragonfly. I can honestly say it is one of the best experiences of my life. I felt like I was in a National Geographic special. I loved almost everything about the trip, the people, the sailing, the food and all the experiences I encountered. We were a group of 5 volunteers and 2 health ministry staff members.

Register today to reserve your 2015 Rotation! With our Floating Health Care Clinic (FHCC) vessels operating from April through October, we have 15 different rotation dates for our volunteers to chose from across the South Pacific. With medical, dental and ophthalmology care now being offered, there are incredible opportunities for all health care related volunteers to serve on each rotation.

A Tongan father holds his daughter, both nervously watching through a window as the Sea Mercy doctors and staff evaluate and test his "at risk" wife for diabetes. Sixty years ago, diabetes was virtually unheard of in the South Pacific. Today, diabetes is so prevalent in the South Pacific, the news from a doctor is rarely good. Sea Mercy's RIDE program is helping to change that diagnosis.

Our 2014 Floating Health Care Clinic programs for the remote islands will include a much needed Eye Care Program that can be included at every stop. Sea Mercy has partnered with Eyejusters to trial the use of their glasses in our eye care program and we will be training each rotation staff to assist in the evaluation and determination of the specific eye care needs.

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