What is needed to pave the roads to a healthier and more empowered Africa?

Mercy Ships


Imagine having a toothache so severe it becomes life-threatening, simply because the dentists in your country have not been properly trained. For those living in countries with little or no access to proper dental care, easily curable dental diseases can deteriorate into serious conditions. Many of the facial tumours that our volunteer surgeons remove are caused by preventable dental problems.

For many people in Guinea, simple dental procedures are almost impossible to find. However, the Mercy Ships Dental Clinic is working to change that, by training local dental students in a hands-on learning environment.

Mercy Ships created a brand new, state of the art dental clinic inside the university so that lecturers could run their own private practices from the university and their students would be able to attend and get practical experience at the same time. In addition, Dr David Ugai and Mercy Ships volunteers partnered with the Guinean Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene to provide mentoring and courses to staff and students during the Africa Mercy’s stay in Conakry. This training contained practical and relevant projects that demonstrated and imparted knowledge, skills, and a compassionate, professional attitude to each participant.

Dr Ugai is the lead dentist and heads up the Mercy Ships medical capacity building programme for dentistry, which aims to enhance the standards of care within African partner healthcare institutions.

Through medical capacity building programmes like this Mercy Ships works with our Africa partners to strengthening our host nation’s healthcare system through training, infrastructure, and mentoring.

The surgeries onboard the Africa Mercy is only part of our work. Mercy Ships supporters are also laying the foundations for long-term change. We are looking for partners to join us in finding sustainable healthcare energy solutions. Are you joining us to provide instruments of change?

If you are interested in finding out how you can contribute to this exciting project, then reach out to Bruce Barr at bruce.barr@mercyships.org.


This call will run on a rolling basis with the final deadline on 21st December 2020


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