Thanks to Shriners

PIMA’s Productive Year…

Surgeries: In reviewing our records, PIMA volunteer surgeons performed 66 major operations in 2014 with 3 one-week general surgery teams on Christmas Island in Kiribati (Kiritimati) and 4 two-week general surgery teams… for a total of 11 weeks of general surgery. Hats off to all our volunteer surgeons and anesthesiologists.

Pre Cancer Treatment: In addition, our Women’s Health Team taught local nurses how to identify and kill (by freezing) pre cancer cervical cells in island women, and donated all the equipment and supplies necessary to carry on … with dozens successfully treated.

Eye Care: Our optometrists examined more than 300 islanders needing help, dispensed more than 250 eyeglasses and identified nearly 100 needing eye surgery… which they will have when our ophthalmology team returns to Christmas Island later this year.

Shriners: In a groundbreaking agreement, Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu has entered into a collaborative agreement with PIMA and Kiribati Ministry of Health in which Shriners is ‘adopting’ children from Kiribati needing orthopedic surgery. Shriners provides all medical care free of cost. PIMA is sponsoring the patients and paying the cost of housing and meals while patients and their caretakers are in Honolulu. The Ministry of Health will pay airfare. Eleven patients are on the surgery list now, with Shriners team members coming each year to Christmas Island to see previous patients and assess the needs of new ones.

Heart Surgery: Three young adults were sent to the U.S. for life saving open-heart surgery in 2014. Overall, PIMA has been responsible for bringing more than 20 children and adults to the U.S. for open-heart surgery over the last five years.

Hospital Improvements: With your donations, we were able to help upgrade the small Ronton Hospital maternity ward on Christmas Island and paint the interior of the hospital, following a complete upgrade by PIMA of their operating room environment and equipment. Much more is being planned for 2015. Please help us make it happen by contributing to Pacific Islands Medical Aid, Inc. where 100 per cent of your donation goes directly to help those in most need.