Today the Hospital Out Patient Extension (HOPE) Centre in Cameroon opened its doors to patients and caregivers. We can’t wait to see the transformation that this space will help make in people’s lives. The HOPE Centre has been 100% funded by you, our Canadian donors! Take a look at the before and after photographs and stay tuned for more exciting news to come in September.
Transforming the HOPE Centre has been quite the journey. What once was a tired and derelict space is now a bright and welcoming home away from home for our patients! With five facilitators and 40 day crew, running the Centre is no small feat. For many patients -some of whom travel for hours or even days to reach us -their stay here often bookends their Mercy Ships story.
Compared to other field services, this year’s HOPE Centre will have almost double the capacity! When filled with patients we will now have 220 spaces at one time.
“This year our Center is larger because the Cameroonian government has requested that we see patients from every region of the country” – Martha Rodriguez, HOPE Centre Manager.
With ninety percent of patients coming from up country, we will have the opportunity to support a diverse range of people from some of the nation’s most remote locations.
We look forward to welcoming the thousands of patients who will pass through these doors; thousands of lives to be changed, thousands of stories to be told and thousands of smiles to be shared as our work in Cameroon begins!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Yaoundé, 16 August 2017
The Minister of Public Health informs the general public that upon invitation of the HEAD OF STATE H.E. Paul BIYA, that the international NGO Mercy Ships will carry out a Care Mission in Cameroon from 17 August 2017 to June 2018. This Humanitarian Mission is placed under the very High Patronage of the First Lady, H.E. Mrs. Chantal BIYA, and the high coordination of the Prime Minister, Head of Government.
The hospital Ship, Africa Mercy, will provide medical and surgical care in the surgical specialties below to about 4,500 mainly poor patients, who were selected between April and May 2017 in the 10 regions of Cameroon:
– General and orthopaedic surgery: deformities related to neglected trauma, correction of club foot, congenital malformations;
– Maxillofacial surgery: non-cancerous deforming tumors, cleft palate, cleft lip, and goiter;
– Reconstructive plastic surgery: congenital abnormalities, contracture from burns, chronic ulcers, tumors and obstetric fistulas.
– Opthalmic surgery and dental care.
Moreover, taking advantage of the high-level of medical expertise that will be mobilized by this mission, Cameroonian health professionals (medical doctors, nurses, biomedical staff and others) will benefit from several continuing education and mentoring sessions in the medico-surgery fields offered by Mercy Ships.
Patient selection is ongoing for some pathologies such as obstetric fistula, cataract surgery and dental care, and more accurate information about their programming will be provided in the coming weeks.
Mr. André Mama Fouda, Minister of Health reiterates that, on Very High Instructions of the HEAD OF STATE, ALL CARE IS FREE OF CHARGE.
As the Africa Mercy Sails to Douala, Cameroon the Advance Team is on the ground working extremely hard to train day workers and prepare our land based facilities for the ship’s arrival.
Are you curious where the Hospital Out Patient Extension (HOPE) Centre will be in Douala? Below are the site maps to where you can see the location of the HOPE Centre, the Dental Clinic, Eye Clinic, Biomedical, Obstetric Fistula and Ponseiti clinic (located next to the HOPE Centre).
The HOPE Centre Manager, Martha Rodriguez, who is already in country, welcoming and training her HOPE Centre facilitators and day crew commented that the building after the major renovations is ‘beautiful’.
This amazing renovation has been made possible because of YOU. The HOPE Centre in Cameroon is 100% funded by Canadian donors. You are providing patients and their families a place to rest, recover and heal from life changing surgery, this is an essential component to what we do.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the before and after photographs of the HOPE Centre, which will soon be filled with beds, supplies, patients and their family members.
The HOPE Centre will open on August 24th with first surgeries beginning on September 4th. Be sure to stay tuned in September for a special video tour of the HOPE Centre given by Canadian crew members Larry and Sandy Hewitt!
This is Mercy Ships first ever field service in Cameroon and we couldn’t be more excited to meet the Cameroonian people, learn about their culture and help bring free healthcare to those most in need. Cameroon is located in Central Africa, the countries neighbours are Nigeria and the Atlantic Ocean to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south.
How much do you know about Cameroon? Here are 15 facts plus a little extra about everyday interactions.
Meeting and Greeting in Cameroon