the work

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

Canvasback’s work and goal is to set people free from the bonds of debilitating health and to share uplifting life-style changes by treating urgent medical issues, helping manage chronic illnesses, and creating a culture of wellness.

give urgent medical care

We bring immediate disease intervention by way of our specialty medical teams. Our teams provide life-saving surgeries, treatments, and screenings on-island.


Partnering with volunteers and governments.  Canvasback annually coordinates five to eight Specialty Teams—groups consisting of 10-20 doctors, nurses, medical staff, and support people which are sent with the goal of conducting life-changing surgeries and treatments.

Free, affordable service. Every service we offer to the islanders during these trips is free. This means a lot to a person on Majuro, where the average monthly income is under $100. When surgeries cost thousands of dollars, our programs are often the only chance people have of being treated.

Medical Specialties. Canvasback's medical specialty teams are gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, dental, ENT, Dermatology, Urology, & Cardiology.

Diabetes Intervention Program. Trained neighborhood health teams visit homes across the island, as well as the outer island, to identify people with high diabetes numbers. Once they identify people in need, they return on a regular basis to check blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol, as well as to instruct them on better ways to live and take care of themselves.

Wellness Center Gym. Exercise is a major component in diabetes reversal. Each day the gym’s weights, machines, and treadmills are open to the public. Exercise programs and aerobic classes are taught each evening, as well. The best part is that the gym and all classes are completely free.

Cancer Patient Exercise and Cooking Program. This program offers a way for breast cancer survivors to become healthy and active again. At the Wellness Center gym they work with our physiotherapist, who teaches them effective exercise regimens, and in the demonstration kitchen they learn how to cook healthy food.

manage chronic illnesses

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.


create a culture of wellness

A major focus of the Canvasback Wellness Center, which we established on the Atoll of Majuro, targets life style change through eating and exercise. True health comes by educating the pople 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.


Home Garden Program. Fresh produce is hard to come by in the Marshall Islands. Gardens are difficult to grow on the atolls, which contain little soil, and purchasing vegetables is prohibitively expensive for many families. But Canvasback has created a way the islanders can grow their own gardens, starting with a bag of compost and followed by gardening classes. To date, over three hundred home gardens have been established in Majuro and the number is growing.

Outer Island Garden Program. Each Friday, the Wellness Center offers gardening classes to people visiting from outer islands. Participants are even given a bag of compost to start their own home garden.

Fighting Climate Change. The Wellness Center on Majuro has embarked on a four-year program to focus on climate change issues and health issues in the RMI. The Wellness Center, with multiple partnerships, is doing sustainable agriculture work as well as increase health resiliency of the population in several outer islands.

“As a type 2 diabetes patient for the past 30 years, I would certainly want to be included with my fellow citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in expressing our appreciation and profound support of the Diabetes Wellness project.”

Our lifestyles have been changed and our health has been improved. We can proudly exclaim that we have defeated diabetes, through this program and the dedication of Canvasback Missions and their expert team.” Lawrence  E.

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