PIMA is planning a unique and comprehensive diabetes training and treatment program on Christmas Island in Kiribati, starting later this year… where more than 30 percent of adults suffer from Type 2 Diabetes ! It is hoped that we may be able to return twice a year to continue this mission.
Our Women’s Health Team is hoping to return to Christmas island in November to continue it’s cryotherapy program to identify and freeze uterine pre-cancer cells in adult women.
We hope to bring our Ophthalmology Team back to the Line Islands in Kiribati early next year to perform cataract and pterygium surgery. More than 50 cataract cases have been identified on Christmas Island this year. And we hope to send an advance team to the outer islands of Teraina and Tabuaeran earlier, under the direction of our volunteer physician Dr. Larry Falk. We have performed more than 200 cataract surgeries on the islands in the last five years, under the leadership of Ophthalmologists Dr. Paul Jorizzo and Dr. Paul Imperia of Medford, Oregon.