Mercy Ship Case Study

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (The United Nations, 1948) outlines in article 25.1 that everyone is entitled to sufficient social and civil living standards. This encompasses the rights to food, clothing, shelter, access to healthcare and social security. In many privileged nations, copious amounts of people never give these rights a second thought. Most were born into an abundance of security. Unfortunately, many were not. The World Health Organization estimated in 2010 that over one billion people in the world are going without access to medical care because they can 't afford it. That 's 1/7th of the world 's population.
In 1978, Don and Deyon Stephens, founders of Mercy Ship, began campaigning to bring healthcare to people all
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As the world 's largest hospital ship, it has five operating theaters, a recovery ward, an intensive care unit, and a low dependency ward. In total this makes up 78 patient beds. With these facilities, Mercy Ship surgeons oversee around 7,000 cases a year. Not only are they administering medical procedures, but also encourage local surgeons to come aboard to work and train alongside them. Additionally, a shore crew enters each city and focuses on teaching health care education, holds local and rural dental and medical clinics, and gives training on construction and agriculture (Mercy Ship, n.d.-b). Mercy Ship doesn 't tackle the health care issue just on the surface, but really tries to set up a community for long lasting health care …show more content…
Once there they aspire to perform at least 300 maxillofacial surgeries. Maxillofacial conditions are tumors, cleft lip, cleft palate, and ear-nose-throat diseases. When left untreated, these conditions can become life threatening and often people will slowly suffocate or starve to death due to complications (Mercy Ship, n.d.-d). Hawa, from Liberia, was one such case. At the age of 6, a benign tumor started growing in her mouth. It became so large over the next year that she was unable to eat and had to receive all sustenance through a drinking straw. Hawa 's community cast out her family and left them to fend for themselves because they believed her tumor was a curse. Hearing of the Mercy Ship, her father traveled with her for 2 days to receive the crucial operation she needed. Once the tumor was gone, Hawa was able to return to being a healthy seven year old (Mercy Ship,

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