limited resources. limited training.
The Need: There are many limitations to developing healthcare delivery in Africa.
- Most hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa operate with limited resources, in some cases without the availability of electricity and running water, making working conditions challenging and sub-optimal.
- Hospitals are understaffed. A lack of staff and supplies leads to very limited training and continued education.
- The tendency for highly skilled medical professional to migrate to a more economically developed country, also known as the ‘brain drain’. In the target region where Mercy Ships works, approximately 42% of African-born physicians work in the US or Europe.
(Statistic source: Clemens, Michael A, and Gunilla Pettersson. Center for Global Development. Human Resources for Health. New data on African health professionals abroad. 2008 6:1)
what is medical capacity building?
Mission: Support and strengthen the surgical health system from grassroots to Government in the most impactful way.
Vision: We will carry out our mission by providing:
- High quality medical education programs and quality improvement initiatives which include courses and mentoring in the areas of Anaesthesia, Surgeon mentoring, Surgical Nursing – Ward and OR, Biomed, Sterile Processing, Ponseti and Nutrition (Food for life).
- Targeted donations
- Targeted Infrastructure projects
- Support the Government to influence policy development such as implementation of WHO Safe Surgical Checklist and National Surgical Plans
- Data collection for use in research and impact evaluation
We are a part of a team that represents God’s expansive heart; He is always building, always redeeming, always making things new and always expanding. We believe we have been called to strengthen local surgical capacity and to meaningfully impact the 5 billion people in the world who lack access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care. We want to join the efforts around the world to transform surgery globally. We believe that when you access the power of Heaven, nothing is impossible.
The Solution: Mercy Ships provides essential capacity building projects requested by the nations we serve to help the local country to deliver healthcare more safely and with greater knowledge, tools, and resources. Our Capacity Building projects aim to strengthen local healthcare systems by:
- Training and mentoring local medical professionals
- Providing courses to improve skills, patient care, and local health practices
- Infrastructure improvements and renovation
surgeon, anesthesia provider, ward nurse, operating nurse, biomedical technician
essential surgical skills, primary trauma care, SAFE obstetrics and pediatrics, WHO checklist training
HOPE center, dental clinic, eye clinic, hospital infrastructure
a stronger surgical ecosystem
The Lasting Impact: With practical and relevant healthcare training projects that demonstrate and impart knowledge, skills, and a compassionate, professional attitude to each participant, Mercy Ships Capacity Building projects help strengthen the standards of care within the local surgical ecosystem. The legacy is lasting impact that extends for years—and even generations.