Micronesia: Health & Disability Programs

Chuuk Women’s Council (CWC) Diabetes Prevention Community Effort
CWC is the umbrella organization for 64 individual women’s organizations spread throughout Chuuk State with a total membership of over 1,000 women.  CWC is a Non-Government Organization which partners with Chuuk State Public Health. According to the CWC website, Type II diabetes has become the second leading cause of death in Chuuk. The CWC’s Diabetes Prevention project was designed to raise awareness of the harmful effects of poor diet, being overweight and out of shape, and how these circumstances often lead to diabetes. The project strives to reduce the incidence of serious consequences and death resulting from diabetes through education in the form of radio programs, printed educational materials in Chuukese, workshops, and word of mouth. The CWC also seeks to increase community recreational and sports programs such as walkathons, exercise programs, agricultural fairs, cooking competitions and fishing tournaments, to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.  Other initiatives include encouraging Chuukese people to make healthy choices about the food they eat and include nutritious local fruits and vegetables rather than canned or processed food, and to eat three meals a day with smaller portions; the CWC promotes home gardening and the sustainable harvesting of marine resources to produce nutritional meals for families and communities, and teaches menu planning and food preparation skills.
President Christina “Kiki” Stinnett
P.O. Box 546
Chuuk State, FM 96943
Physical Address
Fiin Chuuk Gift Shop or TTU Building
Mwan Village, Weno Island, Chuuk State, FSM
(691) 300-8396 or 330-5263

Federated States of Micronesia Department of Education’s Developmental Disabilities Program

Department of Education
Palikir, Pohnpei, FM 96941
(691) 320-2609
Federated States of Micronesia Department of Education’s Special Education Program
The Special Education Program is the government entity (State Education Agency or SEA) responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of special education and related services for children with disabilities (birth to age 21) and their families. Special Education Programs are established within the State Departments of Education of each of the four states of Micronesia (Local Education Agency or LEA) to help provide free appropriate public education to children identified with disabilities in the least restrictive environments.  The SEA is required to prepare an annual performance report and a State Performance Plan of its program implementation in the four LEAs to the grantor agency, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Program. Special education and related services throughout the FSM are funded through the U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and is supported by FSM public law.
Mr. Steve Marcus, Acting Coordinator
Chuuk State
(691) 330-8910
Mr. Likiaksa Elesah, Acting Coordinator
Kosrae State
(691) 370-3189/3008
Mr. Henry Phillip, Coordinator
Pohnpei State
(691) 320-6529
Ms. Judith Gapey, Coordinator
Yap State
(691) 350-2151
Federated States of Micronesia Department of Health and Social Affairs
Vita A. Skilling, DCHMS, DpCH, Secretary
P.O. Box PS 70 Palikir
Pohnpei, FSM 96941
(691) 320-2619
http://www.fsmgov.org/info/health.html and
Federated States of Micronesia Department of Health and Social Affairs’ Diabetes Prevention & Control Programs (FSM DCP)
The FSM DCP has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1994 and coordinates diabetes and chronic disease efforts in the nation. Activities include screening; educating; providing information on nutrition and diet and the adverse effects of some lifestyles and of consuming foods high in saturated fats; raising public awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and its complications; collaborating with other health and educational programs to promote diabetes awareness; initiating a partnership with the Teacher-Child Parent Program funded by UNICEF which integrated good nutrition habits into local school curricula by involving parents, teachers, and students in the implementation; helping design a Micronesian One-Diet-Fits-All-Today menu which contains lists of healthy local foods and was adopted by the local hospitals as the diet menu for patients; collaborating with the Micronesian Seminar, a local research pastoral institute to produce videotapes with diabetes control messages in languages and with cultural characteristics representative of the Federated States of Micronesia; and conducting clinics at certain times of the week which focus on diet and physical activity, during which patients’ susceptibility to diabetes and other chronic diseases and referrals to health care providers are discussed.
P.O. Box PS 70
Palikir, Pohnpei, FM 96941
(691) 320-2619
fsmhealth@mail.fm or mhsamo@mail.fm and
Federated States of Micronesia Department of Health and Social Affairs’ Federated States of Micronesia Draft National Policy on Disability 2006 –2010”
This policy was drafted in response to the growing need for the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia to address disability issues in the wider community, including the need to engage people with disabilities in the development process. The policy is based on: inclusiveness; removing the physical, social and cultural barriers that exclude people with disabilities; the protection of human rights; the development of partnerships between federal and state government agencies and civil society organizations; and the provision of information on disabilities to people with disabilities and families supporting children with disabilities.  Objectives of the policy include establishing and recognizing national and state disability self-help organizations; developing a national awareness program on disabilities, a national and state disability coordinating council, and National and State women’s offices and advisory councils; increasing awareness of existing programs for early intervention, detection and education for children with disabilities; strengthening the transitioning of students and adults with disabilities between home, early childhood education, school, college and work; establishing or promoting equal employment opportunity policies to include people with disabilities; promoting public and employer awareness on employment of people with disabilities; developing training and income generating programs designed and promoted for people with disabilities in order to achieve self sufficiency; establishing or strengthening government policies and legislation on accessibility and transportation; expand research on the prevalence of disabilities at national and state levels and the provision of assistive devices and rehabilitation services; improve access to public and community information for people with disabilities; review and strengthen social security programs, policies and legislation for people with disabilities at the national and state levels; and monitor the progress and implementation of the national disability policy and review every two years. The policy relies on the development of  partnership among the four states, Non-Governmental Organizations, churches, tertiary education and other training institutions, the private sector, and the wider community to meet the objectives and build an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society in FSM.
Health Assistant Secretary Marcus Samo  fsmhealth@mail.fm
Social Affairs  Assistant Secretary Dr. Rufino Mauricio
Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
(691) 320-2872
Federated States of Micronesia Public Information Office’s “FSM National Policy on Disability Adopted” Press Release (June11, 2009)
The FSM adopted a National Policy on Disability on June 11, 2009 which aims to identify priority areas for action to promote societal awareness and inclusion of people with disabilities.  According to this press release, the FSM has approximately 10,000 people with some form of disability, and the available programs and services for people with disabilities are very limited. Due to the increasing number of people with disabilities and the limitation of available services, there is a moral and legal obligation to develop adequate programs to promote and protect their interest and wellbeing. This is only a policy submitted by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSA), and not legislation, but may provide a guiding mechanism which might generate regional and international support and upon which to base legislation in the future. The press release states that DHSA will work closely with the Department of Justice and other stakeholders to develop comprehensive and practical legislation.
P.O. Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM  96941
(691) 320-2548/2092

Federated States of Micronesia Public Information Office’s “President Mori meets with Members of the FSM Forum for Persons with Disabilities” Press release (October 4, 2010)
This press release describes a meeting held on the morning of September 30, 2010 between President Mori and two members of the FSM Forum for Persons with Disabilities, Joakim Peter, President of the Chuuk Disabled Persons Community Network and Director of the COM Campus Chuuk, and Nelbert Perez, President of the Pohnpei Consumer Organization, to discuss the outcomes of the first meeting of the Forum held in Chuuk in late August; the four-day forum was attended by members of organizations for people with disabilities from all four FSM states, government stakeholders, and regional partners from the Pacific Islands’ Forum Secretariat, Pacific Disability Forum, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and Disability Right Funds.  Several key recommendations set forth by the forum included calling for action towards improved awareness, advocacy, and action regarding the fundamental rights of people with disabilities in the nation. One of the major goals of the Forum was the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, by the Federated States of Micronesia, as well as the creation of a national disability council to coordinate activities related to disability issues. President Mori stressed the importance of having an established group that can ensure that the FSM National Policy on Disability is adhered to, as well as seek to abide to the international measures provided for under the UN Convention. The FSM Forum for Persons with Disabilities includes representatives from the following departments and organizations: FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs, FSM Special Education, Director of the Chuuk Campus of the College of Micronesia, the Chuuk Parents of Special Children Association, Chuuk Special Education, Chuuk Department of Health, the Chuuk Special Education Advisory Council, the Pohnpei Consumers’ Organization, the Yap Parents Partnership Network, the Yap Productive Citizens with Disability, the Yap Advisory Panel and the Kosrae Special Parents Network.

Kosrae Diabetes Today Coalition (Kosrae DTC)

In 2000, there were no community groups in Kosrae State of FSM focusing on diabetes. Pacific Diabetes Today Resource Center (PDTRC) partnered with Kosrae’s health department to coordinate PDTRC training, after which PDTRC participants formed the Kosrae Diabetes Today Coalition (Kosrae DTC) to increase diabetes awareness and prevent the onset of diabetes and its complications.  A year after training, the Kosrae DTC became independently chartered as a Non-Government Organization. Kosrae DTC has focused on physical activity, influencing mayors and traditional leaders to improve street lights and sidewalks to encourage physical activity, equipping villages with physical activity equipment, sponsoring sporting events, and effectively lobbying the government to allocate part of the workday to exercise. Kosrae DTC has received funding and technical assistance from the local department of health, churches, women’s group, and the Pacific Diabetes Education Program.
Pohnpei Department Of Health And Human Services
This website describes the four divisions which comprise the Pohnpei Department of Health and Human Services:  Medical Services, Dental Services, Primary Health Care, and Administration and Health Planning. The Primary Health Care division establishes and maintains clinics in the following areas: primary health care, maternal child health care, family planning, prenatal and postnatal care, school health care and health education, dispensary and emergency services, well-baby clinics, immunization, nutrition, drug and alcohol control, hypertension, diabetes, mental health, and other special clinics.
Elizabeth Keller, director
Kolonia, Pohnpei, FM 96941
(691) 320-2235
Yap Department of Health Services
P.O. Box 148
Colonia, Yap, FM 96943
(691) 350-2110