A church run hospital in Solomon Islands is seeking government support to recruit more doctors and nursing staff.
Founded in 1903 by Methodist missionaries, the Helena Goldie Hospital at Munda in the Western Province has 68 beds and only one full-time doctor caring for a population of 30,000 people.
It is run by the United Church of Solomon Islands with some support from government, overseas church partners and individual donors.
The church employs all of the hospital's nursing staff who provide healthcare at the hospital and its 15 community clinics and also lecture at the local nursing college.
The hospital's Medical Superintendent Richard Hapa spoke with Koroi Hawkins.