Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Health Education, Kiribati Style

Originally uploaded by Pacific Partnership

Written by Stephen Creasy from the RXprojecthope Blog

Kiribati (August 29, 2009) On Saturday I attended a health fair confident I could lend some support based off previous experience with APhA health fairs at the school. What I wasn't counting on was this fair being Kiribati style. Instead of having patients walk through the various stations and be screened, the I-Kiribati prefer to educate through song and dance. This made for an interesting afternoon as the Navy and U.S. Public Health Service healthcare providers were forced to come up with skits on the fly.

Another important thing to note is the difference between the Navy's definition of time, if you're on time you're late, and the I-Kiribati definition of time, it'll happen when it happens.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel

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