Articles People — 09 January 2013
The Real Call of the South Pacific

Sea Mercy’s Floating Health Care Clinic Answers A Call For Help In The South Pacific

Fiji, Vanuatu, Tahiti, Palau, Tonga, Samoa… Just hearing the names of those islands conjures up travel brochure images. Warm tropical sun setting in the distance over blue turquoise waters, palm trees leaning towards the ocean, luxurious air conditioned hotels and honeymoon getaways nestled on secluded white sandy beaches beckons you from afar. As real and appealing as those images may be, there is another calling in the South Pacific that few know about and fewer still allow themselves to hear. Yet, it is a call that pleads with us to respond with the same intensity and clarity. It’s an urgent call for medical help.

In the South Pacific, there are no roads, power lines, or phone systems to connect the smaller, less populated remote islands to the same services offered on the larger more populated primary islands. Sadly, these remote islands are left without even the most basic of health care services. Having sailed in the South Pacific, Richard and Stephanie Hackett, the original founders of a non-profit organization called Sea Mercy, witnessed both the incredible beauty and hardships faced by those living on the remote islands.

Seeing the need, they began reaching out to the island nations to learn more about the health care initiatives they had fortheir remote island citizens. “That was when we learned the reality of the situation for the remote citizens.” Said Richard Hackett, Founder of Sea Mercy, “Although the islands nations were striving to build a modern health care infrastructure on their larger, more populated primary islands, there was no service delivery mechanism in place, or funds available to try and connect their remote islands to even the most basic of health care services. That is when we decided to find a solution.”

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