Aneityum Island presents with a high oral health burden for all community members with children often not attending school due to oral pain. Aneityum Island is two plane rides to Port Vila and access to dentistry with plane rides not often afforded by rural Ni-Vanuatu. In 2016, the community were given the opportunity to consider how to learn to attend to their own people’s oral health needs. In 2017, they nominated a man and a women who worked at their local health centre, to learn how to do this and are fast becoming independent. A Global Grant from Rotary International was awarded to run this Project until the end of 2019. This Project will serve as a new model of oral health care for remote islands in the Pacific. Alongside Rotary, this Project is supported by many New Zealand and International companies. Visits from New Zealand Teams take place two or three times a year with constant support and communication with the community via mobile messenger.
June 2018 will see a team travel from New Zealand to support and continue with this unique project as well as support the new projects which this empowered community now have started due to the success of the “Aneityum Project”…. visit also planned for October 2018….