Mary Gough, a nurse at Lymington Hospital, will travel to Guinea in March with the charity Mercy Ships. Mary will help in getting patients ready for cataract and other eye surgery as well as caring and assisting them after surgery.
In some parts of Africa, including Guinea, there are fewer than ten ophthalmologists for the entire population; in contrast, some European countries have 50 times this figure. This means many people cannot get the simple surgery they need to remove their cataracts.
Mary said, “I feel we are very lucky in this country with the health service and I would like to help those that would not otherwise get it. To be able to do something so worthwhile, and give something back with the skills I have. I just feel it is something I should do”.
Mary has set up a Just Giving page where you can donate a contribution towards her flights, insurance and keep whilst out there. Any remaining proceeds will go directly to the charity. The Mercy Ships is an international, charitable organisation, which has hospital ships that travel to some of the poorest countries in the world to deliver free healthcare. Since 1978, Mercy Ships have visited more than 70 countries providing services that have directly helped more than 2.5 million people.