24 May 2013

Volunteers visit remote Pacific Islands on board US naval ship

3:18 pm on 24 May 2013

A global humanitarian organisation is heading to Pacific islands, led by the United States Navy's Pacific fleet.

Travelling on the USS Pearl Harbor, an amphibious dock-landing ship, Project HOPE volunteers will visit Samoa, Tonga, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Solomon Islands.

Volunteers will offer free medical care with a focus on primary care and health screenings.

The volunteers will also train and mentor local health care professionals and contribute to public health programmes.

The volunteers include physicians, nurses, community health workers, a logistics expert, a social worker and a physical therapist.