Last week, an ophthalmology assessment team from Guam SDA Clinic served on the island state of Chuuk. Headed by Dr. Robert Wresch and supported by Stephanie Wiley, Stephanie Barcinas, and local staff, this team screened patients suffering from such things as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and pterygia. This team's mission was to assess the eye health concerns of the island community in preparation for the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center ophthalmology surgery team th
The International Diabetes Federation has ranked the Federated States of Micronesia as the country with the highest rates of Type II Diabetes in the world — a staggering 37.2% of the population. Because of this epidemic, the FSM President has declared a state of emergency for the nation, regarding this a non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemic. MAHI International is dedicated to help the FSM tackle this problem by finding ways to educate and train local healthcare personnel a
MAHI International volunteer Chapman Cochran of Oceanside, California is serving in Pohnpei during the 2014-2015 school year. Cochran developed a physical education curriculum for grades 1-8 for the Pohnpei State Department of Education. Before this new curriculum, the State had no existing P.E. program. This curriculum was designed specifically for the Pohnpei public schools where there are limited to no resources of sports equipment. Currently, Cochran is conducting a pilot
We are thrilled to have Carla Hegwood of Los Angeles, California join the team at MAHI International on the island of Pohnpei. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and is currently completing a fieldwork assignment for her MPH in Community Health Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Since June, Carla has been volunteering primarily with the World Health Organization (WHO). Her focal point is national strategic planning meetings on r
Health & Wellness Education MAHI International volunteers stay involved in the communities of Pohnpei in addition to teaching English in elementary classrooms. Volunteer Jeff Georges (pictured on the left) coordinates health and wellness education in schools and in 3 at-risk island communities. In addition, Jeff teaches tango weekly to encourage an active lifestyle. Medical Volunteers Serve in Pohnpei Our volunteers continue to be participants with Pohnpei State Health Servi