The ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
– Albert Schweitzer –
Mission to Heal has three objectives when planning and executing medical missions: 1) Provide healthcare and operations to those who need it, who have little or no access to it, and who cannot afford it, 2) train medical professionals to perform and provide under poorly-resourced conditions, and 3) equip locals to provide the medical care so that the community attains self-sufficiency.
A basecamp using tents or existing shelters. Personnel and supplies brought in by backpack, vehicles, or aircraft.
Operating rooms in mobile vehicles/trailers that can be driven, pulled, or floated into
An existing clinic or hospital with personnel, basic supplies, and other resources.
The Mobile Surgical Unit, or MSU, is a different way to deliver surgical care. Instead of taking the patient to the operating room, we take the operating room to the patient, delivering essential surgical care in remote areas of the world where people are too poor or too sick to make the journey to hospitals.
Such surgical care is also more humane: patients remain in their own community, sparing them the trauma and expense of leaving home, traveling with difficulty, and being separated from families and friends.
Millions of people in Asia lack access to basic care for many reasons. One crucial constraint is the out of pocket payment which takes up the largest share of the total health expenditure. Thus, medical and surgical missions conducted by charity organizations plays an important role in the health financing system.
The MSU is able to traverse water via ferries, drive through mountainous terrain, and park almost anywhere to serve as a sterile operating suite for those in need.
The MSU-II is a state-of-the-art tool that is more tough, rugged, powerful, and sophisticated than any previous MSU. It is made up of two separate modules carried on two separate MAN KAT vehicles. These military-grade overlanding machines are capable of fording rivers, deserts, jungles, through mud or snow or dust.
They are able to generate solar power and purify water, and all systems are equipped with triple-point failure. Module A contains two operating tables and provides storage for necessary medical equipment. Module B contains one operating table and sleeping quarters for a lean crew.