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Global Mercy™ Begins Local Healthcare Training, Following Historic Week of Events in Dakar

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Within the midst of celebrations across the arrival of the World Mercy™ to Senegal, coaching has already begun by the crew of the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, presently docked in Dakar for its first African mission. In June, greater than 260 Senegalese healthcare professionals will obtain coaching on board this brand-new hospital ship, via a wide range of programs, together with Surgical Abilities, SAFE Anesthesia, Nursing Abilities, and extra.  These first of many coaching classes will handle matters impacting supply of secure surgical care.  

Through the week, Don Stephens, Founding father of Mercy Ships, acquired the Commander of the Ordre nationwide du Lion du Sénégal. Veteran surgeon Dr. Gary Parker, Africa Mercy® Chief Medical Officer, acquired the Officer of the Ordre nationwide du Lion du Sénégal on the Presidential Palace. The Order of the Lion is reserved for under probably the most distinguished civil or army service.

Ceremonies all through the previous week commemorated greater than 30 years of service in Africa and have been concluded with a particular ceremony of naming and blessing for the World Mercy, attended by key members of Mercy Ships, governmental dignitaries, and companions together with WHO Africa, Johnson & Johnson, and Smile Practice.

On the Ceremony of Blessing, Dr. Diop, Secretary Normal of Senegal, mentioned “It’s my pleasure to be right here on behalf of the President to assist my nation, (which is) dealing with large surgical wants as you recognize. We’re very honored and proud to host the World Mercy for the primary time in Africa. Entry to surgical procedure may be very restricted and costly. On one hand, hospitals are usually not properly outfitted. On the opposite, our medical workers are usually not properly educated. Mercy Ships comes as a present.”

Gert van de Weerdhof, Mercy Ships Chief Government Officer, acknowledged, “This can be a holy second. After a few years of planning, preparation, and partnership, the World Mercy formally turns into a part of the Mercy Ships fleet, doubling alternatives for secure and free surgical procedure to happen, remodeling lives not solely of the sufferers however their households and communities.”

He went on to say “We goal to supply roughly 5,000 coaching hours throughout this primary go to of the World Mercy, incorporating areas of the hospital we may by no means often use for coaching in a discipline service, creating an impactful expertise for our members.  We look ahead to returning in 2023 to Dakar to proceed our help and see surgical capability strengthened.”

Final week H.E. President of Senegal Macky Sall inaugurated the world’s largest personal floating hospital and dedicated to speed up entry to surgical, obstetric, and anesthetic look after the nations of Africa.  Representatives from Cameroon, the Union of Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal gathered on board the World Mercy to approve a strategic street map to enhance surgical look after African nations by 2030, the place an estimated 93% of sub-Saharan Africa nonetheless lack entry to secure surgical procedure.

World humanitarian group Mercy Ships and its companions in Africa used this chance to come back collectively in an unprecedented and strategic effort to enhance entry to safer surgical procedure throughout the continent via a sequence of milestone occasions, together with the settlement of the Dakar Declaration, a plan to speed up entry to surgical, obstetric, and anesthetic care throughout Africa, which H.E. President Macky Sall will now take ahead to the remainder of the African Union.

The brand new hospital ship, the World Mercy™, is 174 meters lengthy, 28.6 meters broad and has area for 200 sufferers, six working rooms, a laboratory, normal outpatient clinics, dental, and eye clinics. The hospital decks cowl a complete space of seven,000 sq. meters and comprise the newest coaching services. When in full service, the ship will be capable to accommodate as much as 950 individuals when docked, together with crewmembers and volunteers from all around the world and serve collaboratively with the Africa Mercy, in operation since 2007.

Over the subsequent 50 years of the World Mercy’s lifespan, it’s anticipated that greater than 150,000 lives can be reworked via surgical procedure alone, with every transformation representing an individual with a reputation, a face, a narrative, a household, and a function. Hundreds of African medical professionals will obtain coaching and mentoring with the objective of multiplied influence inside their very own communities.

Following the four-week coaching interval in Dakar, the ship will full remaining equipping within the Canary Islands for the rest of 2022 and plans to return to Dakar in 2023 for the crew’s first surgical discipline service. The Africa Mercy will stay in Senegal till the tip of the 12 months, persevering with to supply surgical procedures and bringing hope and therapeutic to many.

Recordings of the ceremonies embrace:

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Mercy Ships.

B’roll and hi-res images might be discovered at https://MercyShips.africa/press/

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About Mercy Ships:
World well being for the final twenty years has targeted on particular person ailments, whereas surgical care in low-resource international locations has not acquired the eye it wants. Lack of surgical care resulted in nearly 17 million deaths yearly.

Mercy Ships is a world faith-based group that operates hospital ships to ship free, world-class healthcare providers, medical capability constructing, and well being system strengthening to these with little entry to secure surgical care. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has labored in additional than 55 international locations, with the final three a long time targeted completely on partnering with African nations. Every year, volunteer professionals from over 60 international locations serve on board the world’s two largest non-governmental hospital ships, the Africa Mercy® and the World Mercy™. Professionals comparable to surgeons, dentists, nurses, well being trainers, cooks, and engineers dedicate their time and abilities to the trigger. Mercy Ships has workplaces in 16 international locations and an Africa Bureau. For extra info, go to MercyShips.org and observe us @MercyShips on social media.

This Press Launch has been issued by APO. The content material just isn’t monitored by the editorial workforce of African Enterprise and never of the content material has been checked or validated by our editorial groups, proof readers or truth checkers. The issuer is solely accountable for the content material of this announcement.

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