Marshall Islands: Health & Disability Programs

Ebeye Community Health Center/RMI Ministry of Health
Ms. Irene A. Paul
P.O. Box 5219
Ebeye, Republic of Marshall Islands, MH 96970
(692)-329-8030, ext. 269 or
Ebeye Hospital
Mr. Foliaki Paolo, Laboratory Supervisor
P.O..Box 5133
Republic of Marshall Islands, MH 96970
(692) 329-8030/235-5808
Majuro Hospital
Mr. Paul Lalita, Laboratory Supervisor
P.O. Box 16
Republic of Marshall Islands, MH 96960
(692) 625 3355, ext. 2231/625 8510
Marshall Islands Ministry of Health Services
This website provides a brief description of the activities of the Ministry of Health, as well as links to its annual reports from 2004, 2003, and 2002.
Justina R. Langidrik, MPH
Secretary of Health
P.O. Box 16
Majuro, MH 96960
(692) 625-5660
Marshall Islands Ministry of Health Services’ Diabetes Control and Prevention Program
P.O. Box 16
Majuro, MH 96960
(692) 625-3355
Marshall Islands Ministry of Health Services’ Diabetes Wellness Program, as described inDefeating Diabetes: Lessons from the Marshall Islands” by Brenda Davis, RD, Today’s Dietitian, August, 2008
This article describes the incidence of diabetes on the Marshall Islands and the Diabetes Wellness Program, which started as a study, conducted in partnership with the Marshall Islands Ministry of Health Services and Loma Linda University and launched in March 2006.
Marshall Islands Ministry of Health Services’ Maternal and Child Health/Children with Special Health Care Needs Program
Hellen Jetnil-David
P.O. Box 16
Majuro, MH 96960
(692) 625-6941/455-8334
(692) 625-3432
Marshall Islands’ Ministry of Internal Affairs
P.O. Box 18
Majuro, MH  96960
(692) 625-8240
Marshall Islands’ Ministry of Finance, Single State Agency for Substance Abuse Services
This website provides the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Directory of Single State Agencies (SSA) for Substance Abuse Services, as of May 6, 2010.
Jefferson B. Barton, M.A.
Office of the SSA Director
Republic of the Marshall Islands
P.O. Box D
2nd Floor Capital Building, Amata
Kabua Avenue (overnight)
Majuro, MH 96960
(692) 625-8311/8320
Pacific Islands Mental Health Network Newsletter, June 2010
“During March, Dr. Frances Hughes the PIMHnet Facilitator visited the Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia to work with countries on developing their mental health policies and completing their human resource and training plans. Marshall Islands:  A Mental Health Policy has now been drafted and the National Focal Contact, Marita Edwin is now taking this policy forward with the Minister of Health and the President. An article was recently published about mental health work occurring in the Marshall Islands and is attached at the end of this newsletter.”  (Unable to locate article at the end of the newsletter.)
Dr. Frances Hughes, Facilitator
Pacific Islands Mental Health Network
PO Box 58026
Whitby, Porirua, NZ
Tel: +64 21 276 4977
The Pacific Partnership for Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Services (PDB)
PDB represents a partnership between the Pacific Outreach Initiative at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii and the outlying Pacific Island nations/jurisdictions of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap), Guam, Republic of Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands.  The project works to increase the capacity of educational agencies to improve the results for children and young adults who are deaf-blind and their families to live, attend school, play, work and have friends in their communities.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Center on Disability Studies
Pacific Outreach Initiative
1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-5861 or (808) 956-9855
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “SAMHSA Awards 25 Grants Totaling $190 Million for Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Programs” press release, July 24, 2009
According to this SAMHSA website, the Marshall Islands received $946,134 in federal funds in 2009 to establish prevention policies, conduct needs assessments and begin to set up evidence-based programs in 10 local communities.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
According to the SPRC, in past years, the Marshall Islands have implemented health and education and promotion campaigns regarding mental health and suicide prevention in schools and community groups such as youth groups and churches. The SPRC reports that the program on Alcohol and Substance Abuse prevention conducts training with youth and community groups. As well, information is distributed through radio programs and interviews featuring the relationship between suicide and alcohol and other substance abuse. Maternal and Child Health in collaboration with the Division of Human Services will conduct community needs assessments on activities aiming to prevent suicide.
Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI)
WUTMI is a chartered non-government, not-for-profit organization that works to advance the causes and improve the lives of Marshallese women and their families.  Its activities include convening women conferences, seminars and workshops regularly; providing technical support in governance, program development, project formulation and implementation toward its membership through individual consultations or group sessions; conducting assessments and surveys to assess prevalence of issues such as voter awareness and domestic violence; sponsoring or conducting workshops to promote awareness about cultural, education, environmental, and health issues; and providing awareness-raising or counseling sessions in areas such as early childhood developmental guidance to teen mothers and counseling to women on substance abuse, domestic violence, and other topics. Projects include Parents as Teachers, which strives to enhance school readiness for children up to 5 years of age and increase parents’ competence and confidence in giving the child the best possible start in life by promoting a strong parent-child relationship and providing a means for early detection of potential learning problems; Violence Against Women, a community and government education initiative to increase understanding of this  issue among the general public and community and government leaders to ensure the development of response protocols; Gender Equality in Leadership (GEL), which provided funding for research on voter knowledge and behavior, a national conference to sensitize voters to women leaders and discuss what basic civic education needs exist in the Marshall Islands, and the development of a media campaign and gender-sensitive school curriculum; Women in Leadership Media Campaign, designed to enhance the GEL project by researching traditional women’s leadership roles and conducting a media campaign based on that research using television, print, radio and newspapers; the Sustainable Livelihood Project, a pilot project aimed at creating income generating opportunities for outer island women by purchasing, distributing, and selling Marshallese handicrafts in Majuro and Honolulu; The Substance Abuse Prevention Project (Bobrae Project), which is under the cooperative agreement between Ministry of Finance, Republic of the Marshall Islands and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help reduce problems caused by substance abuse and drinking and to implement strategic prevention activities in communities and villages throughout the atolls (from July 1st, 2009 through June 30, 2013); and the Food and Agriculture Organization, which strives to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and work on a global partnership for development.
P.O. Box 195
Majuro, MH 96960