P&O builds medical centre in Vanuatu

P&O Cruises has helped support the people of Vanuatu by building a new medical centre on the remote island of Aneityum.

As part of its partnership with Save the Children, P&O has created a new solar-powered facility that features a waiting area, maternity room, consultancy area, treatment rooms, and new storage facilities and equipment.

Anietyum's new medical centre
Anietyum’s new medical centre

The project took six months to complete and replaces the island’s old rundown medical centre, which had been forced to operate without electricity for the past three years.

The project forms part of the cruise company’s ‘Pacific Partnership’ with Save the Children to support remote islands in the region.

“The Pacific Partnership offers a tangible and heart-warming way for P&O Cruises and its passengers to give back to the island communities that have provided an idyllic backdrop for so many cherished holiday memories,” said P&O’s senior vice president, Tammy Marshall.

Members of Aneityum’s 1000-strong community joined healthcare workers and Save the Children staff at the official opening on Tuesday.

Since its launch in January 2013, P&O’s Pacific Partnership has led to the development of two kindergartens, an aid post and the new medical centre.

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