For over 35 years, Canvasback Missions has been working in Pacific Islands to bring much needed healthcare. We began with a 71 ft. sailing catamaran that brought primary care physicians and their teams to the most isolated islands of Micronesia. As the mission grew, we helped local governments set up island dispensary systems which put our work back in the hands of the people.
We were then asked to begin a new project, providing unavailable specialty surgery teams to the capital hospitals. In this capacity we change people’s lives by providing access to procedures like cataract surgeries, total knee replacement, dental work, and more. In these partnerships with local medical professionals, we saw the rise of an epidemic of type 2 diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.
At the request of president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, we began a full-time wellness center on the island of Majuro that combats diabetes by working in the community to teach exercise, agriculture, and healthy eating.
Through partnership between volunteer professionals and island communities, we bring health and wholeness to Micronesia through diabetes reversal, specialty healthcare, and health education.
We believe that all people deserve a high quality of life through access to healthcare and health education. We address this by providing free and otherwise unavailable specialty healthcare in the Micronesian islands through surgeries and diabetes treatment programs, which provide resources and supplement existing healthcare systems.
Canvasback Missions - What We Do
Our Goals: 1. Reverse the epidemic of diabetes by halting the rate of onset 2. Provide cost-effective treatments that immediately address health needs 3. Provide resources and training to supplement current healthcare structures already in place 4. Design and implement programs with Micronesian input that create lasting sustainable improvements for the community’s health 5. Provide assistance when requested
How We Meet Them: 1. Send 5-8 specialty teams per year, reaching over 2,100 people in any given year 2. Reach 3,500 children, 160 mothers, and 190 teachers per year through educational programs 3. Teach over 6 intervention programs per year, providing over 120 people with resources and information to prevent and reverse the effects of diabetes and to improve overall health for them as well as their families 4. Provide various resources to the Majuro community through the Wellness Center’s gardens and demonstrations kitchens, reaching over 2,500 people in any given year 5. Teach fitness classes in 14 schools, 1 community center, and the Wellness Center on Majuro, reaching over 4,000 people in any given year