Project Mercy views improving and maintaining individual and community health as critical criteria to end poverty. Doing so requires providing a full range of healthcare services while at the same time attaching some small cost to beneficiaries, so they realize the value, as opposed to viewing the services as "hand-outs".
In appreciation for a family’s generosity, Project Mercy built and named their 50-bed hospital the Glenn C. Olsen Memorial Primary General Hospital. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with diagnostic services, as well as a Surgical Ward, Pediatric Ward, Delivery Ward, and Medical Ward. Each year, around 10,000 patients are seen by our medical staff. To date, well over 40,000 patients have received medical care. Project Mercy has already seen evidence that the medical care and Preventative Education Programs are significantly helping to reduce health risks in Yetebon. Through developing facilities and equipping the people in various aspects of their lives, we partner with them in securing a safe and healthy, self-supporting future.
Another way the hospital is making an impact within the community is spiritually. Each patient is asked if the doctor or nurse may pray for them as they care for their medical needs. As a result of this ministry within the hospital, almost all of our patients have been prayed for. The hospital has proven to be a powerful vehicle for sharing love and hope!
Maternal, newborn, and child mortality in Ethiopia remains one of the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.. We have recently added a Health Science College (the "College") to the suite of education services in Yetebon. The College trains midwives and in 2015, 100% of the first class of midwives passed their national exams administered by the government. Also, the College offers in-service training to front-line healthcare service professionals for ongoing/continuing education and development opportunities around maternal and infant care, infection prevention, and basic and advanced life support in obstetrics.