2021 End of the Year Video
Strengthening our Capacity to Provide Direct Medical Services
Mercy Ships is active in Africa as a result of our partnerships and direct efforts. By the end of September 2021, we had helped 770 patients with over 1,600 surgical procedures. Eye surgeries were performed in partnership with Sight.org and general, maxillofacial and plastic surgery with Cure International and others. In Guinea, 2,990 dental patients had 6,642 procedures provided to them.
In September 2021, our new vessel, the Global Mercy, arrived in Antwerp, Belgium, for the equipping phase. While there, volunteers will outfit the ship with hospital equipment and information technology systems. The Africa Mercy is presently undergoing maintenance in Spain in anticipation of a return to field service.
During the summer, several Canadians (and their family members) participated in training that will help prepare the individuals for long-term service with Mercy Ships. Two dozen Canadians are expected to join the seven Canadian volunteer crew members and their international colleagues in various roles onboard the two vessels. More Canadians will be joining them over the comings weeks during the equipping phase of the Global Mercy.
Medical Capacity Building Accelerated
Medical capacity building is an essential part of our work. By the end of September 2021, 767 participants had acquired 94,183 hours of training. Dental training in Guinea is a focus along with a nurse anesthetist training facility initiative. Other capacity building initiatives included pain management, biomedical technician training, mental health, and nutritional agriculture in countries such as Benin, Liberia, and Senegal amongst other nations.
Previous Mercy Ships programmatic activities that occurred after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic included the following:
- Training: Courses and eLearning, including mental health, the caregiver’s well-being, palliative care principles and food for life program.
- Dental and Surgical: Two initiatives related to dental clinic work and Freedom from Fistula.
- Senegal: Threes initiatives related to medical capacity building and training in our agriculture program.
Global partnerships and innovation in program delivery are being used to carry out additional activities in 2021. As a result, more hope and healing will continue in Senegal as Mercy Ships plans to go back with our ships and join our ongoing work there early in 2022.
Health System Relationship Development is a Priority
COVID response initiatives related to the provision of personal protection equipment in 11 African countries demonstrated our ongoing commitment. Mercy Ships Canada also has two staff members that work internationally with Mercy Ships to help prepare for and carry out program work.
Global partnerships and innovation in program delivery are being used to carry out additional activities in 2021. As a result, more hope and healing will continue in Senegal as Mercy Ships plans to resume work there early in 2022.
It’s official — we’ve got a reason to celebrate! In early 2022, thanks to an invitation from Senegal’s government and the Ministry of Health, Mercy Ships will sail to Dakar, Senegal, for our next field service. Having the Africa Mercy once again in the port city of Dakar will strengthen Mercy Ships’ ongoing work in Africa. Thanks to our volunteers and donors, we will fulfill our promise to the patients who have been awaiting surgery because of COVID-19 related delays.