On August 26th the Africa Mercy will arrive in Cotonou, Benin to begin her 2014-2015 field service!
Benin is considered one of the most stable and safest countries in the region, with a recent history of peaceful transitions between governments through democratic elections, and a progressive government striving to modernise the country and eradicate poverty. Export of agricultural products is the main source of income, but the Port of Cotonou also serves as a major gateway for goods into the neighbouring countries of Togo, Burkino Faso, Niger and Nigeria.
Despite the stability of both the country and its economic growth, it is still considered one of the poorest nations in the world, ranking at 165 out of 187 countries according to the United Nations Human Development Index in 2013. One of the areas that still needs major improvement is the country’s health system.
During the Africa Mercy’s 10-month stay in the port of Cotonou, Republic of Benin, volunteers plan to provide over 2,300 surgeries for adult and child patients on board, to treat more than 18,000 at land-based dental and eye clinics renovated for the purpose, and provide holistic health care education to over 160 Beninois health care professionals and 800 community leaders!
Our Education Programs aim to impart knowledge and skills while modelling and encouraging a compassionate and a professional attitude to promote transformational development in the Beninois health sector. Measures include one-on-one mentoring opportunities and internationally recognized courses for groups in the Africa Mercy hospital.
Make sure to check back for updates on the Africa Mercy and her Crew!