Developing Healthcare – Statistics and Programmes
Our programs are designed to facilitate the increased well-being of our patients as well as to empower and enable local healthcare workers to meet the needs in their nation long after the Mercy Ship has left their shores. This is achieved by building medical capacity throughout the duration of each field service.
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.
Patients undergoing plastic surgery after burns, for othopaedic corrections, tumour removal and cleft palate surgery all require extensive rehabilitation services to allow the patient to fully regain function after surgery. 'Surgery is only half the answer,' explains plastic surgeon Dr Tertius Venter, 'The other vital half is rehab.'
For an in-depth look into the work of the Mercy Ships physiotherapists see a feature article in Physiotherapy Matters magazine or read the background story of Andre's journey to healing after he was badly burned as a child
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.