Cameroon, Africa – This week marks two unbelievable milestones onboard the floating hospital ship the Africa Mercy , at present docked in Cameroon.
Volunteer ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Glenn Strauss, of Tyler, carried out the 30,000th surgical procedure on the ship – 10 years after performing the very first surgical procedure onboard the Africa Mercy in 2007. Strauss volunteers with Mercy Ships periodically.
Mercy Ships, based in 1978, has labored tirelessly to fight the worldwide surgical procedure disaster of 5 billion individuals with out entry to secure surgical procedure.
“I might by no means have imagined once I did that first operation on the (Africa Mercy) in 2007, that now, 10 years later, I’d be doing the 30,000th case,” Strauss mentioned. “Not solely that, however I’ve been privileged to coach 47 ophthalmic surgeons who will present tens of 1000’s extra secure cataract surgical procedures in Africa and world wide.”
Dr. Strauss’ fundamental aim has been to coach ophthalmic surgeons and supply the surgical procedures himself. He teaches the revolutionary guide small-incision cataract surgical procedure method, which is a low-cost, small-incision type of extracapsular cataract extraction and is extra simply multiplied in growing world settings.
“These milestones are the epitome of what Mercy Ships strives to do, and Dr. Strauss is really the picture of our volunteers, all of whom are devoted and caring people who change lives every single day, 1000’s of instances over,” mentioned Don Stephens, Mercy Ships’ president and founder.
Since deployment 10 years in the past, the Africa Mercy has docked in 9 African international locations for a complete of 12 area providers.
The surgical specialties supplied within the ship’s state-of-the-art working theaters embody maxillofacial, plastic reconstructive, ladies’s well being – together with obstetric fistula, pediatric orthopedics, basic, and ophthalmic (grownup and pediatric).
Along with offering surgical procedures, the volunteers on the Mercy Ship supplied medical capability constructing coaching programs attended by greater than 7,800 African well being care professionals.
By offering coaching for the well being care professionals, Mercy Ships surgeons assist to make sure that companion well being care suppliers can be higher outfitted to care for his or her nation and supply safer surgical procedures in Africa after the ship leaves.