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LDS Charities Donates Medical Supplies in Papua New Guinea

LDS Charities is participating in Pacific Partnership 2015, a four-month-long U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance project that brings together U.S. military personnel, host and partner nations, nongovernmental organizations and international agencies.

(Above) Claire Falaiau, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and her son, Moyab, were present at medical ship patient screenings. 

Volunteers aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy recently stopped in Papua New Guinea, where LDS Charities donated 12 pallets of medical supplies and other equipment. During the two-week stop in the country, Latter-day Saint volunteers and other medical personnel performed 130 surgical procedures, dispensed 5,604 prescriptions and donated 14,923 units of pharmaceuticals to local hospitals.

(Above) Mercy ship personnel play games with Papua New Guinea youth.

The ship’s mission in Papua New Guinea ended on July 10, 2015, and its next stop is the Philippines.

LDS Charities volunteers are also aboard USNS Comfort, which is carrying out a similar initiative for Central and South America and the Caribbean known as Continuing Promise 2015.

(Above) The military hospital ship, USNS Mercy, visited several locations in the Pacific area as it treated individuals for all types of medical needs.

Learn more at the Australia Mormon Newsroom.

See how LDS Charities has participated in Pacific Partnership in previous years.

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