Unfortunately we cannot help all the people who come to us and some have conditions that we cannot treat or that there is no known cure for. While those with terminal illnesses are suffering from physical, spiritual and emotional pain, their families are also suffering alongside them. The Mercy Ships Palliative Care Team assists these patients and families during this sensitive time.
In developing nations, people suffering from mental illness are often marginalized by their family and wider communities. At times poor understanding of these conditions can also lead to further abuse. Few developing nations have facilities that offer mental health care and what exists is usually insufficient. Primary health-care workers are integral for the delivery of quality mental-health services and the training programs for them significantly improve treatment.