Developing Healthcare – Statistics and Programmes

Mercy Ships focuses on serving the forgotten poor - those who have been marginalised or rejected by society and lack the resources to improve their lives. Our programs are designed to empower and facilitate their journey toward increased well-being.

 

Mercy Ships focuses on serving the forgotten poor - those who have been marginalised or rejected by society and lack the resources to improve their lives. Our programs are designed to empower and facilitate their journey toward increased well-being.

Rehabilitation

Robin ward nurse (NZ) escorts one of the young ladies down the hallway to celebrate
Robin ward nurse (NZ) escorts one of the young ladies down the hallway to celebrate

Mercy Ships assists the disabled and displaced in restoring functional environments for work and life. Through holistic personal and community development, Mercy Ships works to support the disabled in their everyday lives as they struggle to meet the basic human needs of food and shelter, and addresses deeper issues of personal development in character and maturity as they relate to the communities they live in and the national recovery process.

Mercy Ships operates a permanent land-based rehabilitation centre in Sierra Leone, conducting personal and community development programs for the disabled poor in Freetown and the surrounding areas. Programs integrate physical, spiritual, educational and economic rehabilitation together with primary health care, education and counselling.



Reintegration

Mercy Ships assists the disabled, helping them return home or, when there is no home, to establish themselves in new environments. Counselling and skills training is critical.

Small Business

Mercy Ships helps disabled and displaced persons to reach a place of self-reliance through economic empowerment. This involves skills training and financial training for micro enterprise development. Beneficiaries carry out small-scale businesses such as tailoring, shoemaking, blacksmithing, carpentry, weaving and agricultural enterprises.

For change to be sustainable, it must be grounded in a change in community thinking. As an extension of our medical health care work, Mercy Ships conducts development activities that encourage good health and improved quality of life in whole communities.

Community Health Education

Lack of knowledge about basic health care leads to tens of thousands of deaths each day in the developing world. Mercy Ships is committed to breaking the cycle of disease through prevention and knowledge. Community health education teams train students in basic health and hygiene, first aid and HIV/AIDS prevention, and community advocacy. These students then go on to teach others.

HIV/AIDS Intervention

Alongside Mercy Ships community health education efforts, this program is designed to establish a sustainable response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Strategic emphasis is directed toward the empowerment of the faith community and schoolteachers in creating an effective response to the pandemic with a goal of increasing the number of HIV/AIDS care, support and prevention programs.