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Canvasback Missions brings health and wellness to the Pacific Islands through free, otherwise unavailable healthcare, diabetes intervention, and long-term wellness programs.
WE ACHIEVE OUR GOALS BY
Providing Urgent Care
Islands in Micronesia are not always able to staff permanent specialty physicians, which means islanders often suffer treatable illnesses much longer than they should.
Canvasback provides relief from pain and suffering via our specialized medical and dental Super Teams. Teams provide life-saving surgeries, treatments, and screenings on-island.
Managing Chronic Illnesses
Non-communicable diseases like diabetes, diabetes hypertension, obesity, and cancer are common in Micronesia, and have historically gone untreated.
Our Wellness Center programs give islanders the resources they need to manage their illnesses, with home nurse visits to check insulin and other diabetic markers, as well as assistance making and getting to doctor’s appointments.
Creating a Culture of Wellness
A lack of education and wellness infrastructure have resulted in a populace that has not been able to advocate for their health, exercise effectively, or eat well.
A major focus of the Canvasback Wellness Center, which was established on the Atoll of Majuro, targets life-style change through eating and exercise. True health comes by educating the people as to how proper food and exercise will totally alter ones life--for the better. Trained Wellness teams visit neighborhoods monitoring blood glucose levels, heart rate and blood pressure, then provide council to reverse their health issues. Because of the Wellness Center, island nations are realizing that diabetes is reversible. They too are now seeking the help of Canvasback.
HOW WE MEASURE IMPACT
Served by Super Teams
Assemble seven super teams in 2019 to provide medical specialty services to the people of Micronesia. Each mission trip runs for two-weeks. And we're not done adding to the totals.
Canvasback provides many services while on island. Consultations, surgeries, procedures, Audiology testing, hearing aid dispensed.
Teaching multiple intervention programs per year, our Wellness Center provides resources and information to prevent and reverse the effects of diabetes on the island of Majuro and surrounding islands. These life-changing programs also help to arrest heart disease and lower the potential for stroke.
Wellness Center on the island of Majuro is reaching over 1,000 children in 8 public schools with our custom designed education programs focused on exercise, nutrition and diabetes education. Adding new grade level curriculum to our educational programs each year. Likewise, the Center is committed to improving overall health for them as well as their families.
Wellness Center programs span 3 villages each week and see 80 patients. Average rate of diabetes is 25% among adults.
The Wellness Center is committed to placing an average of 50 gardens in homes each year. Offering gardening classes to ~10 people / week by an agriculture specialist free of charge and open to the public.
In the Marshall Islands over 62% of the adults are overweight or obese. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that over 21% of the adults age 20-79 have diabetes. It is the third leading cause of death!
In 2012 the same IDF compiled a list of the top countries affected by this killer disease. The Federated States of Micronesia rose to the top with this shocking number: 37.2% of the total population. One out of three citizens are likely diabetic.