mentoring teams of local professionals

Mercy Ships many mentoring and education projects are implemented as part of a holistic strategy called the Partner Unit Mentoring Program (PUMP). The PUMP model combines Mercy Ships’ many education opportunities utilizing a team approach to improve transformational development in a specific department or unit in a partner hospital. Once specialty areas are identified, the PUMP approach is implemented to include those involved in patient care from the nurses on the wards through to the operating surgical team of anesthesia, nurses, and surgeons.

Through Partner Units, Mercy Ships offers in-depth mentoring to the whole team, teaching and building on similar concepts strengthening the entire health system. In this multi-disciplinary setting, teamwork and communication is modelled, messaging is consistent, and deeper relationships can develop across a wider team and between individuals, increasing the opportunity for sustained improvement.

surgeon mentoring

Mercy Ships, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and local hospitals, mentors surgeons through one on one practical training, imparting skills, knowledge, and a compassionate and professional attitude. Mentoring is offered for the following, depending on surgeon availability:

  • Orthopedics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Women’s Health
  • General Surgeries
  • Maxillofacial


ward nurse mentoring

The aim is to deliver the project in the community as much as possible and that nurses from both Mercy Ships and CHUT work together in each hospital. One-on-one practical training as well as structured lectures are used in this training


OR nurse mentoring

OR nurse will participate in a mixture of tutorials, simulations, and patient contact. Training in the Operating Room on board the Mercy Ships vessel allows nurses the opportunity to work in a state of the art facility that is sterile and in conjunction with best medical practices.


anesthesia mentoring

Doctor and nurse anesthetists are mentored in anesthesia and recovery care using a combination of weekly tutorials, working together in their own hospital, and training onboard the Africa Mercy.


sterile processing mentoring

The Sterile Processing Facilitator builds relationships at the local hospital and identifies key challenges in the hospital. The participants are introduced to a proper sterile field and begin to be instructed in making initial changes in their hospitals sterile processing process. The facilitator then lectures on the concepts and theory behind sterilization.


biomedical technician

The project consist of weekly hands-on practical mentorship as well as a lecture series with the aim to train participants to troubleshoot and repair equipment, improvise using substitute components and materials, develop and maintain a medical equipment inventory, and initiate and carry out a scheduled maintenance program.


ponseti method

The project was developed in order to address the huge deficit in clubfoot health care delivery throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Ponseti Method is a manipulative technique that corrects congenital clubfoot without invasive surgery, making it ideal for developing countries that do not have access to surgical facilities. Participants are trained in casting, brace making, and managing a Ponseti clinic.