PIHEL is supporting and facilitating Remote Area Clinics to provide much needed health services to communities who have no access to regular medical care.
Remote island villagers in the northern provinces of Vanuatu suffer poor health outcomes due to barriers of access, transport and accommodation costs, lack of services and the cost of health care.
Due to the physical distances between islands and poverty of the population, access to routine and specialist medical care can be exceptionally expensive and challenging even if it were available.
Many patients present for health care at a considerably late stage of their disease and unfortunately for many it is too late to provide anything other than palliative care.
Despite all these challenges, Medical Santo personnel along with some Sanma Rural Health nurses continue to make rural health visits to these outlying communities and provide the much needed medical diagnosis, care and treatment before it is too late.