Among upcoming PIMA-sponsored expeditions planned are;
Noted diabetes specialist Dr. Elizabeth Beale from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, will go to Kiritimati and the isolated island called Tabuaeran, to see and treat diabetes patients where the incidence of Type 2, adult onset diabetes is said to be higher than 30 percent.
Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu will send a medical team to find and examine young orthopedics patients. This will be the team’s third annual visit to Kiritimati in a collaborative program with Pacific Islands Medical Aid and the Kiribati Ministry of Health, where patients from Kiribati are treated at the hospital in Honolulu.
The PIMA-sponsored heart team, headed by Baylor Heart Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. David Moore, will head to the Kiribati capital of Tarawa and to the southern island of Tabiteuea to find patients with severe heart disease, in anticipation of life-saving surgery at Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas.
PIMA medical director Dr. Lydia Lam is organizing a trip to Christmas Island to take an ear, nose and throat specialist, along with an anesthesiologist and ultrasound teacher with newly acquired ultrasound machines, purchased with the help of your donations.
Returning physician Dr. Theresa Woehrle is planning to take her Women’s Health Team back to Kiritimati to examine and treat island women for early signs of cervical cancer.