Medical training for local professionals

The Mercy Ships medical capacity building programmes strengthen the local healthcare system by offering training to local medical professionals. Mercy Ships offers team training aimed at improving the skills and capacity of surgical teams and support services in local hospitals. Projects include one-on-one mentoring and classroom instruction for large groups. Training of trainers is also an important aspect for many of these projects. Investing in existing practitioners and local instructors is key for lasting and sustainable change in the health systems.

Mercy Ships training program strategic framework

Mercy Ships’ teams of experts and caregivers transfer their knowledge and skills to strengthen local capacities; this in order to improve the quality of service of the whole of a given hospital environment, from the development of technical and human skills.

Global training

The Mercy Ships Healthcare Training Program aims to strengthen the standards of care within the surgical ecosystem at partner hospitals and other medical institutions as well. With this goal in mind, the organization has developed practical and consistent training programs that impart and equip each participant with knowledge, skills, and an attitude that is both professional and compassionate. These trainings include:

  • structured observation
  • lessons
  • tutoring

Structured observation sessions provide local healthcare professionals with a very high-quality, patient-centered, on-board experience aboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship, with the hope that they will be inspired by the high standards. care observed. Classes teach specific skills and information about improving standards of care and personal medical practice. Mercy Ships courses combine lectures, simulations and workshops, often in partnership with other globally recognized organizations. Mentoring programs encourage interpersonal relationship and trust between the project facilitator and the participant, leading to focused and in-depth teaching for people. Where possible, Mercy Ships combines both courses and tutoring for different healthcare professionals within a particular hospital or specific unit (e.g. for maxillofacial surgery, anesthesia, the operating room or the nurses in the room), creating a PUMP (Mentoring Partnership Unit). These PUMPs encourage an even greater degree of teamwork, communication and attention to process indicators, which improve standards of care and patient safety.

Mercy Ships’ teams of experts and caregivers transfer their knowledge and skills to strengthen local capacities; this in order to improve the quality of service of the whole of a given hospital environment, from the development of technical and human skills.

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Global training

The Mercy Ships Healthcare Training Program aims to strengthen the standards of care within the surgical ecosystem at partner hospitals and other medical institutions as well. With this goal in mind, the organization has developed practical and consistent training programs that impart and equip each participant with knowledge, skills, and an attitude that is both professional and compassionate. These trainings include:

  • structured observation
  • lessons
  • tutoring

Structured observation sessions provide local healthcare professionals with a very high-quality, patient-centered, on-board experience aboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship, with the hope that they will be inspired by the high standards. care observed. Classes teach specific skills and information about improving standards of care and personal medical practice. Mercy Ships courses combine lectures, simulations and workshops, often in partnership with other globally recognized organizations. Mentoring programs encourage interpersonal relationship and trust between the project facilitator and the participant, leading to focused and in-depth teaching for people. Where possible, Mercy Ships combines both courses and tutoring for different healthcare professionals within a particular hospital or specific unit (e.g. for maxillofacial surgery, anesthesia, the operating room or the nurses in the room), creating a PUMP (Mentoring Partnership Unit). These PUMPs encourage an even greater degree of teamwork, communication and attention to process indicators, which improve standards of care and patient safety.

Improving the quality of medical care in Africa

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Mercy Ships offers a variety of training courses for healthcare professionals (surgeons, nurses, anesthetists, administrators and other healthcare workers), as well as offering curative surgical procedures. Working with qualified local and international partners, Mercy Ships offers through its programs global support to developing countries, striving to make healthcare accessible. Location and Needs According to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, 5 billion people do not have access to safe and affordable surgical and anesthesia care. In 2010, 16.9 billion lives were lost due to conditions that could be treated with surgery. Those living in low- and middle-income countries, and particularly in Africa, experience these needs disproportionately, far more than those in rich countries. In Africa, we are far from the 23 doctors and 100 nurses per 100,000 people required as a minimum development objective. (Source: WHO). However, increasing the number of surgeries is not enough; strengthening the quality of care is just as critical. Training professionals to manage patient-centered services, using simple methods and techniques that save lives, is essential to achieve the goal of improving surgical care.

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