Africa Mercy mission for BMI London Independent hospital boss to help those without health care
PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 October 2018
The boss of BMI London Independent Hospital has been hitting the decks of a converted cruise ship that's delivering medical treatment to West Africa.
Sunny Chada, the executive director of the hospital in Stepney Green, spent a week with doctors and nurses on board the ‘Africa Mercy’ off the coast of West Guinea.
The hospital has adopted Mercy Ships as its nominated charity, with staff setting a £20,000 fundraising target to help the doctors and nursing staff on board carry out dentistry and medical operations for people who don’t have access to medical care.
“We believe everyone in the world should have access to world-class healthcare,” Mr Chada said. “Africa Mercy is a floating hospital that is helping patients up and down the coast.”
The staff at the London Independent have raised £1,500 so far through bake sales, a muddy obstacle run, raffles, sweepstakes and a colour run. The hospital has also opened its own Mercy Ships Just Giving page.
The vessel called at West Guinea where the Mercy Ships charity has taken over a derelict building on a university campus and converted and equipped it into a fully functioning dental clinic with a training programme for 200 students as a legacy.