About Us

Keeping Paradise Healthy

The Loloma Foundation’s mission is to provide sustainable medical, dental and infrastructure support to rural communities in the South Pacific who would otherwise have no access to basic healthcare.

The Loloma Foundation is a California-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2001.  The board members consist of six medical, dental and business professionals who share a common goal of improving the lives of the people of the South Pacific.

Results & Impact

In the last 15 years the Loloma Foundation has accomplished the following:

-Shipped and distributed  $32M worth of medication and medical and dental supplies and equipment to Fiji and the Solomon Islands
-Organized and implemented 60 medical/dental missions in 150 Fijian and Solomon Island villages

-90,000 patients have been treated by our volunteer physicians
-382 cataract surgeries have been performed
-520 general surgeries have been performed
-8,700 dental patients have been seen

-The Loloma Foundation believes that it is also important to build a healthy community, beyond providing basic medical and dental care.  We strive to enable people to do for themselves.  Welfare does not build character. To achieve that end, we are committed to the following:

-Joint funding (co-financed with village participation) of sustainability projects:

-Village solarization
-Clean water through catchment and storage tanks
-Stocking libraries with children’s and adult books
-Building Kindergartens in rural villages
-Providing educational materials to Kindergartens
-Training teachers who are certified by the Fiji Kinde Project
-Scholarships for primary and secondary school students
-Village bakery businesses

In 2014 the Loloma Foundation has accomplished the following:

-Organized and implemented seven medical/dental  and construction missions staffed by volunteer physicians, surgeons and dentists.

-Each mission team of 10-20 volunteers saw 2,000 patients during a week of clinic.

-30 cataract surgeries were performed
-122  surgeries were performed
-1,000 dental patients were treated

-Shipped and distributed $2M worth of medication and medical and dental supplies and equipment to Fiji and The Solomon Islands (most of which was donation in kind, the rest was purchased)

-Our volunteer U.S. physicians and dentists  mentored  local medical/dental  residents from The Fiji School of Dentistry and School of Medicine during each mission

Looking to the Future

There is still much work to be done.  In 2011, the population of Fiji and Solomon Islands combined was more than 1.4 million people.*  Approximately 60% of this population lives in rural conditions and faces the greatest challenge accessing basic healthcare.

The Loloma Foundation has Seven missions scheduled for 2016 in Fiji .  The cost of acquiring medical equipment and supplies and then moving them to the mission sites is our essential annual expenditure.  Through donations from individuals and sponsors like you, the Loloma Foundation can complete these missions.  Please click here to learn how you can support these missions through our “Take the Night Off for Fiji” campaign. 

*Data source: World Bank

About Author: Bob Sykes

Bob Sykes is a founding board member, Treasurer, and Logistics Coordinator for the Loloma Foundation's medical and educational missions, and he also manages the Foundation’s website and public relations activities.