News Release

LDS Charities Provides Medical Supplies to Solomon Islands Clinics

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bid a fond farewell last week to crew members of the USNS Millinocket who had earlier delivered a shipment of much needed medical supplies, donated by Latter-day Saint Charities. 

A pallet of medical supplies was loaded on the USNS Millinocket in California earlier this year before it set sail on a humanitarian mission to Solomon Islands and Kiribati. The medical supplies are now being distributed to outlying clinics identified as urgently needing resources including disposable surgical supplies and dressings.

Missionaries and other volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Solomon Islands helped load the boxes of medical supplies from the USNS Millinocket onto a truck. The supplies will now be transported to medical clinics in Fauabu, Auki, Malaita, and St Mary’s clinic at Tetere in East Guadalcanal.

“The world seems to be shrinking,” said Theresa Nish, a missionary for the Church alongside her husband, David. “The sight of many precious boxes of expensive medical supplies lovingly packed far away in the United States of America and labelled with the dark blue ‘LDS Charities — Strengthening Families,’ brought a lump to my throat.”


Mathew Sauseru, a lay Latter-day Saint leader in Honiara, Solomon Islands, said, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint gives with no strings attached and asks for nothing in return. It has done so much to improve the lives of the people in Solomon Islands.”

US Navy medical ships travel the world to provide humanitarian and other support to communities in need.  For several years Latter-day Saint Charities has participated with the US Navy in humanitarian projects. 

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