To help reduce enormous suffering and loss of life, we need to establish a flying doctor service to reach the critically ill and suffering people of the Line Islands in Kiribati.
There is an operating airport on Christmas Island, a small hospital, three doctors and several qualified government nurses. On nearby Fanning (Tabuaeran) with 3,500 islanders, there is NO doctor, just three nurses.
Fanning is only 183 miles northwest of Christmas, but it might as well be a million miles away when there is a medical emergency requiring a doctor or evacuation to the hospital. There is a little overgrown airstrip on Fanning that can be cleared.
Likewise, on Washington,(80 miles further northwest) where there are 1,500 people, there is NO doctor and one nurse … and a little overgrown airstrip that can be cleared.