The Surgical Need in Developing
Why is the need so extreme?
For the poor in developing countries, accessing necessary medical and surgical care is extremely difficult due to their remote location, lack of medical facilities and financial constraints. Often, conditions that are treated in earlier stages in wealthier countries, are treated very late in developing countries, resulting in increased severity and debilitation, preventing people from working or attending school.
In the African nations where Mercy Ships serves, healthcare systems struggle to meet the needs of the population, including surgery. For many people, if surgery is available, it is often located in urban areas and cost-prohibitive.
According to the World Health Organisation, there is a critical shortage of all types of medical providers in developing countries. Because of these limitations, general surgical needs such as hernias and goiters plague this region’s adult and paediatric populations.