As we have done in previous years, Project HOPE participated in the 2009 Pacific Partnership mission with the U.S. Navy. Pacific Partnership HOPE volunteers came from Shenandoah University's Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy. HOPE volunteers worked aboard the USNS Byrd and ashore in the remote Oceania nations of Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Western Samoa.
In Tonga, volunteers were able to form a camaraderie with the hospital staff by working with them daily. The result was a huge success and left a lasting impact on the Tongan health care system. As the volunteers began to wrap up their work in Tonga, the head physician and director of Niu'ui Hospital was almost moved to tears and referenced an old proverb when he thanked the volunteers for their help. "You taught us to fish," he said.
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