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The Marshall Islands has a small population of only 50,000, but only one ophthalmologist to serve them all, as well as two optometrists, all of whom operating out of the capital, Majuro (pictured). The primary causes of blindness are cataract and diabetic retinopathy; the international diabetes epidemic in particular has hit the island nation quite hard, with a prevalence of 26.85%, according to the World Health Organization. The country has no national health plan or guarantee of health care, and serious procedures have to be referred to the Philippines or Hawaii.

2014 Expeditions:

Ebeye: September 26-October 10

2015 Expeditions:

Majuro: May 19-25

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Posted: May 21, 2014

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Category: East Asia & the Pacific