Capacity building, training and patient care in Africa
Sep 22, 2017
There are only 2.5 physicians per 10,000 people in Africa, making access to general health care difficult. Access to eye care is even scarcer, with only one ophthalmologist per 1 million people. Nearly 7.1 million people in Africa are blind, and less than 10% of those requiring eye surgeries actually receive it.
Mercy Ships works to improve healthcare delivery systems through capacity building, training and providing state-of-the-art patient care via theAfrica Mercy, the world’s largest charitable hospital ship. With grant support from the Alcon Foundation and product and equipment donations from Alcon Cares, Mercy Ships provides comprehensive eye care services and training for eye care professionals through the Africa Mercy Vision Program. During its most recent visit to the Port of Cotonou, Benin, the Africa Mercy Vision Program served more than 8,800 people overall, provided eye surgeries to more than 675 patients and offered hands-on training opportunities for local surgeons and operating room nurses.
Recently, Mercy Ships Interim VP International Programs, Program Design Director, Michelle Bullington and Mercy Ships Specialty Consultant, Ophthalmology, Global Medical Services, Dr. Glenn Strauss, came to Alcon and held an informative and inspiring Lunch & Learn during their visit. View the presentation to learn about Mercy Ships’ near 40-year history of providing patient care and training programs for medical professionals in Africa, their work to build capacity and strengthen infrastructure, as well as their partnership with Alcon.