Hope for Health Vanuatu

Hope for Health Vanuatu is about bringing affordable sustainable health innovations to Vanuatu.
We seek to bring people, technology and resources together to achieve synergies and efficiencies in health related projects.

Our Health project interests are broad and encompass all aspects that may affect Nivanuatu health and well being including education, financial health , mental health.

Our belief is Vanuatu has a great resource in its expat community , it’s nivan community, it’s partner organisations and the greater Australian, New Zealand and Pacific community. By linking, liaising, combining, communicating and seeking synergies, that together, we can achieve so much more for Vanuatu than if we act individually.

We are interested in linking with all other organisations that do work in Vanuatu so we avoid duplication of effort and help each other to achieve our mutual goals, avoiding waste and lost opportunities to achieve better outcomes. Please contact us if you plan a project in Vanuatu so we can endeavour to assist each other.

We remain linked into the Ministry of a Health and Hospital executive , doctors and nurses priorities and listen to their health needs and seek to find achievable practical solutions for their expressed concerns.

Website

http://www.HopeforHealthVanuatu.com


Region of activity

Vanuatu


Field of activity

We have a wide range of medical and related activities in Vanuatu and interested in anything that promotes Ni Vanuatu health.

 


Country of origin

Australia


Affiliations

Ministry of Health , Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation,  Frazer Family Foundation, Qiagen,  University of Qld, ANZ bank Port Vila.


Brief History

Hope for Heath Vanuatu was started in 2011 in response to local needs to support Ni Vanuatu womens health and other projects relating to wellbeing and advancement of Ni Vanuatu.

We fundraised, via the duck races, to buy the Colposcopes and Lettz machines used to detect and treat cervical pre-cancer changes to prevent cervical cancer developing. The ANZ bank being our major sponsor.

It is a sister charity to ACCF (Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation). These two independent organisations work closely together and fundraise together, to achieve our mutual goals. ACCF fundraises mainly in Australia and Hope for Health Vanuatu, in Vanuatu. We continue to seek best outcomes for Ni Vanuatu health and wellbeing using latest sustainable health innovations.

Prof Ian Frazer, inventor of the HPV vaccine, is a major supporter of the cervical cancer reduction program in Vanuatu and continues to support and assist through HFHV and ACCF and Ministry of Health.


Current Plans

Feasibility studies:

We are also currently involved in assessing the feasibility of introduction of breast cancer diagnostic services to Vanuatu

Introduction of new services:

Currently assisting MOH to assess the possibility of a sustainable histopathology service for Vanuatu

Fundraising:

Duck Races: In 2009 and 2011 we ran the duck races to raise funds for cervical cancer prevention. This was sponsored by ANZ bank Port Vila. The funds raised purchased the colposcopy and Lettz machines for Santo and Vila hospitals. These machines detect and treat precancerous changes in the cervix and are currently in use.

Save a life Vouchers: We continue to fundraise via the “Save a life in Vanuatu” vouchers. $10 for one ($100 for book of 10) Please contact us if you would like to purchase or donate or sell on our behalf though your workplace, school or charity. (email mmcadam64@gmail.com) Online Auction: In next 12 months we will be having an online auction to raise funds. Please advise if you have anything to donate eg holiday place(anywhere worldwide), restaurant meals (Oz or Vanuatu), tourist activity, an experience, a lovely item, jewellery, etc ( email: mmcadam64@gmail.com) Major Donor White Knight Program: In order to fund all women health needs long term, we are also starting the

WHITE KNIGHT program. We are looking for major benefactors that will assist us to fund in perpetuity the womens health programs in Vanuatu. A million dollars, will ensure the women will have screening and vaccination services for all future generations and funds are protected by trust to ensure they always remain available to them, specifically for cervical cancer reduction. Another similar fund will be needed if breast cancer screening services go ahead Purple Knights- donate $1000 annually Blue Knight- $500 donation annually Pink knights- donate $100 annually to support these women in their health needs. The White Knight Program will keep participants closely informed of all progress, include invites to fundraisers, personal dinners with Prof Ian Frazer, escorted visits in Vanuatu to see the good their donations do.

Bequest Program : Make your life count. Saving a whole nation of women from cervical and or breast cancer is a magnificent achievement and wonderful legacy for any life well spent. A major donation would have a trust named after the major donor and be professionally administered and audited. Your contribution would be remembered with a plaque in your honour and an annual remembrance advert to remind Vanuatu of your life saving contribution to Ni Vanuatu health. Please contact us if you would like to be part of this White Knight or Bequest Program for Vanuatu women.(emailmmcadam64@gmail.com)

Training

Looking at securing training for local nivan ultrasonographer to learn breast screening and localisation for breast lump biopsy Introduction of New Technology We are also trialling a mobile colposcope based on mobile phone technology. This allows doctors greater access to use this in their consultation rooms to view and diagnose and biopsy abnormal cervixes. This will enable detection of early pre cancer changes and prompt treatment to prevent cancer developing in the years to come.

Telemedicine

We are setting up access to a Telemedicine service for NiVanuatu doctors. This is well on its way and expected to start in July. This will enable a second opinion and specialist access currently not available. The service will be available for expats as well at reasonable cost. See www.docto.com.au

Rheumatic Heart Disease reduction

We are in preliminary stages of planning a schools based Rheumatic heart disease. This is achievable and sustainable with Vanuatus current resources and will prevent many fatal cases of heart disease in children.

Practical Solutions

Investigation of afterhours womens transport to safely transport women home at night Are there volunteers in the community that would agree to fill this role a night a week? Please contact us.

Linking with other Charities:

We also assist our sister charity , the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation in its work in Vanuatu in cervical cancer prevention, working alongside Ministry of Health. This new technology for cervical screening is “Care HPV” , a test developed specifically for low resource countries that identifies those women carrying the cancer causing HPV virus and offering them treatment to prevent cervical cancer long term. It is a simple test that is easy to perform and the machine needs no running water or electricity as it can run on batteries. Also we are assisting Ministry of Health with the implementation of the schools based HPV vaccination program to help protect the next generations of young women from cervical cancer.

Tourism

We are assisting ACCF to set up the Voluntouring Program. This program seeks to link Australian and Nz schools, families, workplaces and individuals with specific projects that give back to the Nivan community while at the same time allow time to enjoy the exciting adventure of a Vanuatu holiday. We have linked with Red Earth , a travel company that already does this for indigenous communities in Australia. Contact us if you are interested in this for your school , family or workplace. (email mmcadam64@gmail.com)

Adopt a Village or School Program This seeks to link the wider Tourist/expat community to specific needs within the Nivan community and create links of long term support for them. Do you know a school or community in Vanuatu that has some specific needs? Let us know. (email mmcadam64@gmail.com

Linking In

If you have a health project and want to link with us, or obtain assistance to link into ministry of health or another local NGO, please make contact. (email mmcadam64@gmail.com) Yacht Based Health Program Linking We are keen to link all the sea based medical programs with Ministry of Health to provide a coordinated annual visit plan. If we do this, we will achieve better health outcomes for Vanuatu as continuity of care is important in improved medical outcomes and an ad hoc approach does not achieve this as well. If you do a sea based medical program please let us know so we can all link in together to a coordinated plan with Ministry of Health.

IT Integration

Developing a software program to link hospital and health centres for cervical screening results


Resource Requirements

Seeking to link with Yachts based programs to get the HPV vaccine out and cervical screening out to  areas only accessible by yachts


Contact Details

Margaret McAdam

+ 61 419622326

mmcadam64@gmail.com


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