“The geography is fascinating. The south is desert-like, the middle interior is the highland region and can get snow, and the rest of the coastal areas are tropical. Cyclone season is from November/December to March and so our emergency plans not only cover Ebola but also Cyclone preparations.”

– Dr Michelle White, Mercy Ships

Safe delivery_Good News Hospital_Madagascar_2012_Hospitaly Vaovao MahafalyMadagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, with a population of 22 million. Less happily, it ranks 23rd from the bottom of the United Nations Health Development Index.

Up until now our work here has focused at two hospitals, but that’s about to change.  With Mercy Ships’ postponed trip to Benin, we’re accompanying the world’s largest floating hospital to Toamasina in 2015.  We’ll be working with on-board crew and local colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to introduce the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

Stay tuned!