Solomon Islands & Vanuatu

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The Solomon Islands & Vanuatu are island nations are in the southwestern sector of the Sea Mercy target zones. We believe the health care needs of these two island nations is evenly balanced between a very strong need in the Solomon Islands, to a moderate need in Vanuatu. Their location is such that one floating clinic would be able to cover the more neglected "remote islands" needs in a one year time period.

Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands is a sovereign state in Oceania, east of Papua New Guinea, consisting of nearly one thousand islands. It covers a land mass of 28,400 square kilometres. The capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal.

Capital: Honiara
Population: 552,267 (2011) World Bank
Land Area: 28,450 sq km
Archipelago Area: 725,197
Number of islands: 900+ (300+ inhabited)
GDP/capita (A$): 1,100
Currency: Solomon Islands dollar
Official language: English Language

Health Workforce:
Physicians: 1.7/10,000 people
Nurses & Midwives: 20/10,000
Dentistry: 0.8/10,000

The Solomon Islands have one of the highest malaria rates in the world. Key areas of focus would be: Malaria, acute respiratory infections (ARI), STI/HIV, high maternal mortality, yaws TB and leprosy.


Vanuatu, formerly the Anglo-French condominium of the New Hebrides, is an irregular Y-shaped chain of some 80 islands, with a total land area of about 12,200 sq km (4,710 sq mi) and a total coastline of 2,528 km (1,571 mi).

Capital: Port-Vila
Population: 218,000 (2005) United Nations
Land Area: 12,200 sq km
Number of islands: 80+ (70 inhabited)
GDP/capita (A$): 2,900
Currency: The Vatu
Official language: Melanesian & Pidgin English

Health Workforce:
Physicians: 0.35/10,000 people
Nurses & Midwives: 17/10,000
Dentistry: 1.5/10,000

Malaria is the most serious of the country's diseases, which also include leprosy, tuberculosis, filariasis, and venereal diseases. Safe water was available to 87% of Vanuatu's population. There is a strong need for improvement in immunization rates for children under one. He are the current immunixation rates: diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus, 74%; polio, 74%; measles, 53%; and tuberculosis, 86%.

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