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Missions Are Being Planned for 2024
The many of the Micronesian Islands are beginning to open up after the COVID-19 closure. Interested in volunteering? Find out more about the opportunities.Read More
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, hypertension, obesity, and cancer are common in Micronesia, and resources to address these issues have been extremely limited.
Our Wellness Center programs give islanders the resources they need to manage their disease. We provide home health visits to monitor insulin and other diabetic markers and we assist them in getting to their doctor's appointments. Our teams of trained community health workers and zone nurses help the hospital to provide the best possible care.
Creating a Culture of Wellness
A lack of health education and poor access to healthy food options have resulted in a populace that has not been able to advocate for their health, exercise effectively, or eat well.
The Canvasback Wellness Center in partnership with local agencies was established on the atoll of Majuro and targets pre-diabetes and diabetes alike in their communities. With our CDC certified lifestyle coaches, we aim to prevent and reverse the effects of diabetes through lifestyle change. True health comes by educating the people that nutritious food and exercise will totally alter one's life--for the better. Because of the Wellness Center, island nations are realizing that diabetes is reversible. They too are now seeking the help of Canvasback. Read more.
In the Marshall Islands over 62% of the adults are overweight or obese. The 2019 International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 9th Edition Atlas states over 30.5% of the adults age 20-79 have diabetes. Diabetes is the third leading cause of death!
The IDF 9th Edition Atlas also showed that the Marshall Islands had the highest prevalence of diabetes worldwide. Diabetes is a killer in the islands of Micronesia. Canvasback is working to reduce those deadly numbers!
HOW WE MEASURE IMPACT
Served By Super Teams
Seven super teams provided medical specialty services to the people of Micronesia in 2019. Mission trips typically run for two weeks.
Canvasback provides many critical services while on island. Consultations, surgeries, clinic procedures, physical therapy, eyeglasses, laser treatments, audiology testing, hearing aids, dental procedures and prosthetics, pap smears and pathology readings. While in the field, Super Teams also focus on providing continuing education for local health care providers.
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Served by Programs
Teaching multiple intervention programs per year, our Wellness Center, located in the Marshall Islands, provides resources and information to prevent and reverse the effects of diabetes. In the Marshall Islands the average rate of diabetes is 25% among adults. These life-changing programs also help to reverse heart disease and lower the potential for stroke.
The Wellness Center on the island of Majuro is reaching over 1,000 children in 8 public schools with our custom designed education programs that focuses on exercise, nutrition and diabetes education. Every year, we seek to improve curriculum for the children in the island schools. These programs also help to improve the overall health of the students' families.
The Canvasback Wellness Center operates the only free gymnasium on island. We offer a wide range of classes and sponsor island walking clubs.
The Wellness Center is part of an unprecedented collaborative effort to upgrade the agricultural system on Majuro and Jaluit Atolls. With partners in all local agriculture sections and help from the European Union and Pacific Community, Canvasback is on track to provide over 150 home gardens and teach over 500 people how to grow their own produce and live a healthy lifestyle.