To progress the welfare of the people of Makira Island, Solomon Islands.
To reduce disparities which exist between the developed and developing world by addressing deficiencies on Makira Island.
Strong Island Foundation will concentrate on three areas of need that will frequently overlap:
– provide essential equipment to hospitals
– public health education
– exchange of nurses and doctors both to and from Kirakira and Australia
– dental sanitation and hygiene
– promote health, school and public education
– exchange of ideas and materials
– work collaboratively with the local primary and high schools
– support and develop infrastructure with issues relating to waste management, sanitation and water supply
– provide supplies and expert advice to build and train the local population in managing these issues
In 2012 Dr James Fink (MBBS, MPH) successfully began a model of collaboration between Australia and Makira Island. This ongoing partnership involves students from Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, the Faculty of Society and Design, the Kirakira Hospital, Provincial Government, local schools, and the local community.
Despite successes achieved through these efforts, there is scope for more to be done to improve the well-being of Makirans. Strong Island Foundation was formed to assist with these ongoing needs.
The founding members of Strong Island Foundation have come together from a variety of backgrounds with differing expertise, including:
Medical (doctor and nurses), Education (primary school teacher), Media and Marketing professionals, Built Environment (builder and urban planner).
This diverse group, in consultation with the local government and leaders, will promote and guide projects of value, which enhance capacity for the people of Makira.