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Mercy Ships will serve in the Republic of Guinea from August 2018 until June 2019. Here thousands of suffering children and adults will be seen by our amazing medical volunteers. Our big white hospital ship is their only hope. The situation is truly heart-wrenching, and we rely on your continued help.

Guinea is one of the least developed countries as ranked by the United Nations Human Development Index, with a life expectancy of only 59 years. This will be the forth time Mercy Ships has visited Guinea.

During the Africa Mercy’s 10-month stay in the port of Conakry, Guinea, volunteers will provide life-changing surgeries for adult and child patients on board, treat patients at land-based dental clinics, and provide holistic health care training to local health care professionals.

Health care training projects have been specifically developed to impart knowledge and skills, while modelling and encouraging compassion and a professional work ethic. These projects incorporate one-on-one mentoring opportunities and internationally recognised courses for groups in the Africa Mercy hospital and ashore.

We are honoured to be able to come alongside the Republic of Guinea and their government’s effort to strengthen their health care infrastructure through the training and capacity building Mercy Ships offers, free of charge.

Field Mission Overview

Conakry, Guinea
August 2018 – June 2019

DIRECT MEDICAL SERVICES


Maxillofacial Surgical Project

Goal: Provide life-saving and life-changing surgeries to patients suffering from maxillofacial deformities.

Timeline: September 2018 – May 2019

Activities: Provide surgeries to patients to correct various maxillofacial conditions including cleft lip / palate. Provide counseling for patients and their families with emotional and mental scarring as a result of the maxillofacial conditions. Provide speech therapy services.


Reconstructive Plastic Surgical Project

Goal: Through life-changing surgeries, restore function, for patients suffering from severe burns and other plastic reconstructive needs.

Timeline: September 2018 – May 2019

Activities: Provide surgeries for patients to correct deformities from severe burns, congenital abnormalities, and specific soft tissue tumours. Provide counseling for patients and their families suffering from emotional and mental scarring as a result of their condition. Provide physical, occupational and hand therapy services.


Ophthalmic Surgical Project

Goal: Improve the quality of life for patients suffering from cataracts, pterygiums, and other vision impairments through life-changing surgeries.

Timeline: September 2018 – May 2019

Activities: Provide surgeries for patients to correct obstetric fistula conditions, uterine prolapse and other gynecological conditions. Provide counseling for patients and their families suffering from emotional and mental scarring as a result of their condition. Provide physical therapy services.


Women’s Health Surgical Project

Goal: Provide life-changing surgeries and treatments to patients suffering from obstetric fistula, uterine prolapse, and other gynecological conditions.

Timeline: March – May 2019

Activities: Provide surgeries for patients to correct obstetric fistula conditions, uterine prolapse and other gynecological conditions. Provide counseling for patients and their families suffering from emotional and mental scarring as a result of their condition. Provide physical therapy services.


General Surgical Project

Goal: Improve quality of life by addressing paediatric congenital conditions, and adult environmentally- and occupationally-acquired conditions through general surgeries.

Timeline: September 2018 – May 2019

Activities: Provide surgeries for patients affected by general surgical conditions, such as hernias and thyroid goiters, and soft tissue tumors. Provide counseling for patients and their families with potential emotional and mental scarring as a result of their condition, as needed.


Orthopaedic Surgical Project

Goal: Improve the quality of life for patients suffering from orthopaedic deformities and neglected trauma through life-changing surgeries, with the aim to restore function.

Timeline: November 2018 – April 2019

Activities: Provide surgeries for patients to correct orthopaedic conditions. Provide counseling for patients and their families suffering from emotional and mental scarring as a result of their condition, as needed. Provide physical therapy services, as needed.


Dental Project

Goal: Reduce the incidence of dental disease by providing dental treatments such as restorations, extractions, cleaning, and basic dental instruction.

Timeline: September 2018 – May 2019

Activities: Provide procedures for patients affected by tooth decay, infections, small oral lesions, etc.  Provide clinical dental hygiene services to patients.  Provide dentures to patients requiring replacements.  Facilitate basic oral health instruction to elementary and secondary students and all patients served in the dental clinics.


Palliative Care

Goal: Provide quality end of life and continuity of care by equipping local nurses and/or volunteers in the art of Palliative Care.

Timeline: September 2018 – May 2019

Activities: Provide palliative homecare for terminally ill patients helping them and their families prepare for death through counselling and tangible assistance.

CAPACITY BUILDING – COURSES


Essential Surgical Skills Courses

Goal: Impartation of knowledge and skills in individuals to affect transformational development. Select participants have the skills and equipment to train others in the course material.

Timeline: November 2018 & February 2019

Activities: Teach surgeons in essential surgical skills: infection control practices, safety in the operating room, basic surgical and suturing techniques for open surgery, trauma and/or orthopaedics, as time and materials allow. Lectures and practical hands-on teaching methods are used.  Teach as trainers.  Mercy Ships project leadership follow-up with participants where possible, either in-person or over the phone, including:  Assess knowledge, skill, and confidence retention at 3-6 months.  Determine, through a structured interview, the factors that aid or inhibit application of course knowledge and skills to the clinical setting.  Determine factors that aid or inhibit the transferal of new knowledge and skills to others.


SAFE Obstetric Anaesthesia Courses

Goal: Impartation of knowledge and skills in individuals to affect transformational development.  Select participants have the skills, confidence, and equipment to train others in the course material.

Timeline: October 2018 & January 2019

Activities: Teach physician/nurse anaesthetists and midwives/obstetricians throughout a three-day course on obstetric anesthesia, critical care of obstetric patients, and newborn resuscitation.  Teach as trainers.  Mercy Ships project leadership follow-up with participants where possible to:  Assess the factors that aid or inhibit application of course knowledge and skills to the clinical setting.  Assess factors that aid or inhibit the transferal of new knowledge and skills to others.


SAFE Paediatric Anaesthesia Courses

Goal: Impartation of knowledge and skills in individuals to affect transformational development.  Select participants have the skills, confidence, and equipment to train others in the course material.

Timeline: December 2018 & April 2019

Activities: Teach anaesthesia providers in paediatric anaesthesia, critical care of paediatric patients, and newborn resuscitation.  Teach participants as trainers.


Primary Trauma Care Courses

Goal: Impartation of knowledge and skills in local individuals that will affect transformational development.  Select participants have the skills and equipment to train others in the course material.

Timeline: October 2018 & January/February 2019

Activities: Teach participants in Primary Trauma Care through lectures and practical skill stations.  Teach as Trainers.  Mercy Ships project leadership follow-up with participants where possible, either in-person or over the phone, including:  Determine, through a structured interview, the factors that aid or inhibit application of course knowledge and skills to the clinical setting.  Determine factors that aid or inhibit the transferal of new knowledge and skills to others.

Note: Once more project plans have been published, the information above will be updated.


Essential Pain Management Courses

Goal: Impartation of knowledge and skills in individuals to affect transformational development. Select participants in the training-of-trainers portions will have the skills, confidence, and equipment to train others in the course material.

Timeline: September 2018

Activities: Teach physicians/nurses in the principles of essential pain management during one-day courses. Teach a Training-of-Trainers course

CAPACITY BUILDING – MENTORING


Maxillofacial Partner Unit Mentoring Program (PUMP)

Goal: Impartation of knowledge, skills, and a compassionate, professional attitude in individuals and the team as a whole to affect their transformational development and produce a fully-functional unit capable of continuing to address maxillofacial conditions in Guinea.

Timeline: September 2018 – May 2019

Activities: With support from Guinea’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, identify participants, modifying training objectives as needed.  Mentor maxillofacial surgeons; Mentor anaesthesia providers in maxillofacial care; Mentor maxillofacial nurses.


Surgeon Mentoring Project

Goal: To impart knowledge, skills, and a compassionate, professional attitude in Guinean surgeons to affect their transformational development.

Timeline: September 2018 – May 2019

Activities: With support from Guinea’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, identify participants, modifying training objectives as needed.   Mentor a total of General, Maxillofacial, Plastics or other surgeons as identified.


Surgical Nurse Mentoring Project

Goal: To impart knowledge, skills, and a compassionate, professional attitude in local nurses to affect their transformational development.

Timeline: September 2018 – May 2019

Activities:

With support from Guinea’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, identify participants, modifying training objectives as needed.   Mentor surgical nurses on board the Africa Mercy and/or at local hospital(s).

Note: Once more project plans have been published, the information above will be updated.