INFRASTRUCTURE AND AID
During our field service, Mercy Ships undertakes an array of infrastructure projects and renovations of existing clinics to help provide the best facilities to carry out medical procedures whilst leaving a legacy once we have gone.
Infrastructure projects aim to renovate hospitals or add additional annexes to existing buildings to help these facilities improve the availability and the quality of their medical services. These include building new dental clinics, upgrading clinic facilities and equipment, building new Hospital OutPatient Extension centres for important post-operative support.
Local medical staff often struggle to care for their patients in almost impossible environmental conditions.
Infection control is a major issue in hospitals in both wealthy and developing nations. Mercy Ships teaches local medical staff to put UN safe surgery protocols into practice but often the local environment makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to keep even operating theatres clean and sterile.
That’s where Mercy Ships infrastructure projects like hospital refurbishment come into play, transforming facilities that are impossible to clean, into areas where local staff can effectively clean and sterilise greatly reducing the incidence of secondary infections.
The Mercy Ships HOPE Centre
The Mercy Ships Hospital Out-Patient Extension Center, better known as the HOPE Center, is the epicenter of healing and growth for patients after they receive life-changing surgery onboard our hospital ships.