In the developing world, lack of access to basic health care can have horrific results. Mercy Ships freely provides relief through specialized surgeries that save lives, improve quality of life and restore hope. Patients recuperate under care in the ship’s ward.
Volunteer plastic, maxillofacial and general surgeons provide free reconstructive surgeries for deformities caused by physical conditions such as tumours, cleft lip, cleft palate, and noma. They also treat burn injuries, chronic ulcers, hernias and goiters. A holistic approach to health care aids the reintegration and education of our patients.
Our ophthalmic surgeons perform free cataract operations restoring sight to the blind. Additionally, doctors correct pterygium, strabismus and eyelid deformities, and replace painful or disfiguring blind eyes with prostheses. As well, Mercy Ships trains local surgeons and health care professionals, building the capacity of the national eye care system.
Mercy Ships trains local surgeons in Ponseti casting, the “universal standard” in non-invasive clubfoot correction and provides free surgical intervention for musculoskeletal conditions, neglected orthopaedic trauma and joint diseases. To help maintain correction, Mercy Ships provides physical therapy on board and also trains local partners how to manufacture braces.
Obstetric fistula (childbirth Injuries)
VVF Support and medical care for women who have suffered childbirth injuries. Very specialised surgeries are performed and the physical and physiological recovery process is continued through education and social activities.