Screening centre opens in Toamasina

Mercy Ships mission of bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor in Madagascar took a big step forward with the opening of the selection centre at the CHU Morafeno (a university hospital) in Toamasina.

It marked the first time Mercy Ships would screen patients over several weeks in lieu of one massive screening day.

Over 2,500 individuals were seen by pre-screeners throughout the week and by Friday 439 people had received follow-up appointments.

Screeners saw families that travelled from over eight hours away, individuals that have experienced rejection from their communities and lines that at times stretched several city blocks long. The screening team is screening for paediatric orthopaedics, women’s health, plastic reconstructive, general surgeries, ophthalmic and maxillo-facial surgeries.