Built during the colonial era, very little had been done to Ignace Deen Hospital since the late 1980s; thus the entire hospital had fallen into disrepair.
As a hospital ship, Mercy Ships is acutely aware of the limitations and challenges facing hospitals and clinics in West Africa. While docked in a country, Mercy Ships works to help fill gaps in existing health care systems while serving the dire and immediate needs of the population.
A key component of field service activities includes the development of a Hospital Out-Patient Extension Center (HOPE Center) that can become a place for pre- and post-operative patients to live during their stay with Mercy Ships.
The government of Guinea provided the ground floor of the Ignace Deen Hospital, one of two national hospitals located in the heart of Conakry, to Mercy Ships for use during our field work in Guinea.
Through a collaboration with the organization eMi (Engineering Ministries International), and Mercy Ships, the Ignace Deen Hospital received a long-awaited renovation. Mercy Ships is also providing medical training for local hospital staff, strengthening the ability of Ignace Deen to provide medical services to its population.
The renovations will provide patients and staff with a comfortable, hygienic facility within which quality medical care can be provided.