In a dedicated effort to improve health care services for the long term in developing nations, Mercy Ships supports the practical support and training of local health care providers.
Mercy Ships builds local capacity through the training of national surgeons and nurses in new techniques and procedures appropriate for their environments. Local health care workers include medical specialists and generalists, dentists, ophthalmologists, surgeons, doctors, nurses, midwives and traditional birth attendants, community health workers and medical students.
Lack of knowledge about basic health care leads to tens of thousands of deaths each day in the developing world. Mercy Ships is committed to breaking the cycle of disease through prevention and knowledge. Community health education teams train students in basic health and hygiene, first aid, HIV/AIDS prevention and community advocacy. These students then go on to teach others.