The Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu provides a range of health services in association with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health.
Health Services provided by the church are open and available to all Vanuatu people, or Ni-Vans, with services coordinated mostly from the head office in Port Vila where a well equipped eye care and dental clinic has been established next to the Paton Memorial Church (PMC).
The Secretary, and day-to-day manager of PCV Health, is Richard Tatwin, with the overall structure of program illustrated below:
PCV Health operates an EyeCare and Dental Clinic in Port Vila, and EyeCare Clinic in Luganville and an EyeCare Clinic in Lenakel.
PCV Health has the following staff to provide its services:
- 4 Eye Care workers
- 2 Dental Care Workers
- 1 Community Health Worker
- x Korvan Health Educators
Region of activity
Field of activity
PCV Health offers a range of services including:
- Eye Care Services
- Dental Services
- Community Health programs
- Mental Health programs, and
- Korvan Health Training
Services are offered to the Port Vila and Efate communities from the PCV Health Clinic in Port Vila.
EyeCare and Dental Services are provided outside of Efate to all islands in Vanuatu on a three year program basis, through numerous Outreach Missions and activities run by local staff and overseas volunteers.
Country of origin
PCV Health – The Health program of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu
PCV Health has a range of affiliations including:
- Vanuatu Ministry of Health
- Uniting Church in Australia
- Uniting World in Australia (and DFAT)
- Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Program
- Medical Sailing Ministries
- Rotary Clubs of Korea
- Rotary Clubs of Australia
- Colgate Partner (Bright Smiles Bright Future)
According to the 2009 National Household Census, Christian affiliation in Vanuatu is claimed by around 95% of the population, with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV) being the most prominent amongst the many denominations.
In response to their proclamation of faith, the church delivers a range of practical services, in areas such as education, health and community development, often in association with ‘partners’; including the Vanuatu Government and the Australian Uniting Church and AusAID (as it was previously known).
Health Services provided by the church are open and available to all Vanuatu people, or Ni-Vans, with services co-ordinated mostly from the head office in Port Vila where a well equipped eye care and dental clinic has been established next to the Paton Memorial Church (PMC)
Whilst eye care and dental care services are provided all year round at the PCV Health clinic in Port Vila, throughout the months of May, June, July and August each year, health outreach missions are conducted amongst the many, often remote, islands of Vanuatu, with the strategy being to reach every island on a 3-5 year rotation.
Proposed Vanuatu Medical Missions for 2018-2019:
- Malekula Island (North): 3rd – 18th August 2018*
- Tanna Island: 17th – 31st August 2018*
- Malekula Island (South): 26th October – 9th November 2018*
- Espiritu Santo Island: 5th – 19th May 2019
*Please note change of dates (posted 20/2/18)
Our plan is to do some extra things through our Rotary funding applications on these trips. The first is to conduct the WHO Health needs survey and the second is to undertake some extra educational work for local health workers, and newly qualified NiVan doctors.
The 2019 trip to Santo will give particular extra attention to instruction for eye care workers and eye nurses as a part of a registered course we want to set up for them through a combination of modular units undertaken through distance education and practical exercises and instruction.
- These are all ‘land-based’ missions.
Volunteers Required for …
Overseas Team 1 3rd – 18th August 2018 , Malekula Island (North)
Overseas Team 2 17th - 31 August 2018, Tanna Island
Overseas Team 3 26th October – 9th November 2018, Malekula Island (South)
Overseas Team 4 5th - 19th May 2019, Espiritu Santo Island
Each team includes:
Co-ordinator x 1
Dentist x 2
Dental Nurse, x 2
Doctor x 1
Optometrist x 1
Each team will also include local, Ni-Van Health Care Workers.
Volunteers are reqired by this organisation. To contact them use the form below.