The U.S. military plans to send about 50 nurses, doctors, and other personnel to the South Pacific this month to provide medical assistance to Vanuatu, Kiribati and Nauru.
In Kiribati, 28 physicians, nurses and dentists and others will help local health care workers treat children in remote areas.
U.S. Army engineers will also help the local government renovate three medical clinics.
Similar aid trips will follow in Nauru, where a 12-person team will help local officials treat diabetes and kidney disease and help screen for learning disabilities.
And in Vanuatu, the U.S. will help train local police, fire, and customs personnel on basic life support and medical aid.