They talk about ‘going back to the floor’, but the boss of BMI The London Independent Hospital is taking that one step further – by hitting the decks of a converted cruise ship delivering medical treatment to Africa.
Sunny Chada, Executive Director of the hospital in Stepney Green, London, is spending a week on the Africa Mercy off the coast of West Africa with the charity Mercy Ships, also posting back videos of his trip to doctors, nurses and colleagues.
The hospital has adopted Mercy Ships as its nominated charity, and staff have set a fundraising target of £20,000 to help the doctors and nursing staff on the ship carry out dentistry and operations for people who otherwise would not be able to access them. So far, the team has raised more than £1,500 through bake sales, a muddy obstacle run, raffles, sweepstakes and a colour run.
“We believe everyone in the world should have access to world-class healthcare,” said Mr Chada. “Africa Mercy is essentially a floating hospital, that spends all of its time and energy helping patients up and down the coast. I’ve been able to spend time with the amazing doctors and teams here, and visit all the areas of the ship and the new out-patient areas. While the facilities are different, the dedication of the people here is a great reminder of my home hospital – we are proud to support the work of Mercy Ships.”
21st November 2018