Together, Philips and the Philips Foundation provided the funding, technical installation and training for the team of radiology volunteers on board. This will allow the crew of the Global Mercy to use advanced CT technology for medical imaging and give patients access to high-quality diagnostic and treatment solutions.
Access to affordable medical care
The Global Mercy is a brand-new ship in the fleet of Mercy Ships, an organization that has been providing hospital care in regions where healthcare is difficult to reach since 1978.
"It is estimated that nearly 17 million people pass away worldwide each year due to a lack of access to affordable medical care," says Margot Cooijmans, Director of the Philips Foundation. "Mercy Ships has found a way to address this problem in a pragmatic way, by offering healthcare over water, making it mobile transportable. The ship docks for months at a pre-planned port along the coastline of Africa.“
“We are proud to equip this impressive hospital ship with the latest CT technology, and have been able to assist with the installation, and training of volunteers. This will allow Mercy Ships to further expand the range of diagnostics and medical procedures, with a lasting impact on healthcare in low-income regions,” Margot Cooijmans adds.