The Pacific Islands are comprised of thousands of islands scattered between the Philippines and Hawaii. While the islands boast friendly residents and beautiful landscapes, the area is faced with numerous health crises with serious consequences. In 2015, chronic diseases (those that are not infectious but rather have slow progression and long duration) accounted for over two-thirds of all deaths in the Pacific Islands. Chronic diseases account for about two-thirds of all deaths worldwide, and 80% of these deaths occur in low and middle income regions of the world. Ischemic heart disease, diabetes and cerebrovascular disease have been the most common causes of death there. Tragically, 70-75% of deaths in the Pacific Islands are considered premature, occurring before age 60. There is clearly a demonstrated need for high quality, cost-effective healthcare services.
Within the Pacific Islands lies The Federated States of Micronesia, a small collection of four islands, one of which is Kosrae. The island of Kosrae is composed of mountains, jungles and mangrove forests, is a little over 40 square miles.