Vega’s 2011 Mission of Mercy delivered badly needed supplies to 16 islands with a total of 38 village communities benefiting directly from our assistance. In those communities we helped 68 schools and 32 health posts or clinics with supplies. We were also able to deliver 50 complete Midwife kits directly into the hands of the rural midwives. Each of those kits contained all that a midwife needs to safely do their job as well as a years supply of sutures, bandages, masks, gloves, natal clamps, and many other important items. It is estimate that those kits alone will reduce infant mortality by well over 50% and death from giving birth by 35-40%.
Some of the islands we assist are so isolated that they have been abandoned by their government. Three of the islands we visit have not seen a nurse or health worker since 1978. For them Vega is their only hope and source of medical and educational supplies as well as seeds for vegetables, basic tools, and other items that help improve community living standards.
Next year we hope to do even better. We hope to find a young Indonesian nurse or doctor to accompany us from Dili to the Banda Islands providing the first real medical services for some of the islands along the route in over 33 years.