Mercy Ships seek to leave communities more fully equipped with the training, tools and infrastructure to care for their own. By helping empower those who stay behind, we’re able to leave a legacy that extends for years — even generations.
Sustainable health care requires a plan. Mercy Ships Capacity Building programs identify local needs and work closely with the local governments to establish initiatives that make a lasting difference.
When Mercy Ships arrives in port, screenings are organized throughout the country. Patients near the port can easily travel to the ship. For others, reaching the ship is harder. To reduce the need for multiple trips, Mercy Ships establishes a Hospital Out-Patient Extension (HOPE) Center to provide housing for patients and caregivers near the ship. After surgery, the HOPE Center offers a safe, clean environment that promotes effective recovery while maintaining easy access to the ship for follow-up care.
The HOPE Center also frees bed space in the ship’s hospital ward so we can help more people.
- To renovate an existing health-care facility.
- To provide a safe, clean environment for patients and their families during the pre- and post-operative phases of surgery.
- To leave behind an improved facility for increased health-care capacity and access
Mercy Ships emphasizes lasting social change based on biblical principles. Community leaders, teachers and churches are encouraged to see themselves as agents of change. Conferences and workshops offer practical help on issues like HIV/AIDS, micro-finance and community cooperation.
Healthcare workers in the developing world often lack adequate facilities to serve their communities. Medical administrators with limited resources may have to choose between infrastructure development or maintenance and paying their workers. Collaborating with local healthcare partners, Mercy Ships provides construction and renovation services that enhance local health care resources.
Healthcare workers in the developing world often lack the medicine, equipment and tools necessary to deliver basic care. Mercy Ships helps meet these practical challenges by distributing much-needed equipment and resources and providing training in equipment maintenance and operation.
Mercy Ships offers specialized training to local health care professionals — surgeons, nurses, doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists, midwives, and community health workers — in techniques and procedures appropriate for their environments. Healthcare workers also receive World Health Organization training in disease management.
Mercy Ships partners with local agencies to help families and communities learn practical and natural food-producing skills that reduce malnutrition and increase food security. Improved crops and conservation-oriented farming methods result in more income and better health for the farmers, their families and their communities.