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Posted By: Kris Radder on April 18, 2011

Labels: Disaster and Health Crisis Missions, Tonga , Health Care Education, Humanitarian Aid, Volunteers

The first rotation of Project HOPE volunteers has fully assembled as the last three crew members boarded the USS Cleveland to begin Pacific Partnership 2011.  

Excitement is in the air and the volunteers are ready to hit the ground running to provide medical help and health education for the people of Tonga. 

Dr. Alan Jamison, from Morristown, Tennessee is participating in his third volunteer mission for Project HOPE. Dr. Jamison retired from his private pediatric practice in 2009 in order to pursue a career in global humanitarian medicine. “I am excited about meeting the crew and building bonds for a good working relationship to help bring better care to the people in the medical sites we are here to serve,” Dr. Jamison says. 

Aislinn Mangan, a nurse from Mackay, Idaho worked as a Project HOPE volunteer in Haiti for several months before joining Pacific Partnership 2011. “I am fortunate to continue volunteering with HOPE and to be able to make a difference in people's health in Tonga and Vanuatu,” Mangan says.

Bridget Binko, a nurse from Santa Cruz, California is on her first mission as a Project HOPE volunteer and she will be working with other medical staff onboard the USS Cleveland for the entire five country,four month, Pacific Partnership 2011 mission. Binko has visited Tonga and Vanuatu before, and she hopes to use her community health skills by working at local clinics with with patients and staff.

As the sun set, the new members boarded the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) to carry them to the USS Cleveland to be integrated with the other HOPE volunteers and U.S. Navy medical professionals. The medical mission begins.

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