by Fabian Hakalits – EMTV Port Moresby
USNS Mercy Ship under the Pacific Partnership Mission 2015, is now in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville
The hospital ship arrived with more than 900 personnel, including volunteers from eight non-governmental organizations and the U.S Agency for International Development.
While in Arawa, personnel will work and train side-by-side with the community on civic service events, women’s leadership and safety topics, medical and veterinary care.
Medical professionals, engineers and volunteers will be operating on site for seven days till 3 July 3.
Work started on Saturday as the ship arrived with doctors and nurses screening patients who have registered.
Pacific Partnership began in response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters, the December 2004 Tsunami that devastated parts of Southeast Asia.
Along with other nations, the United States responded to the tragedy, deploying U.S Navy assets, including the Mercy, which later returned to the region in 2006 for the first Pacific Partnership mission.