Obstetric fistula

From Shame to Celebration: Mercy Ships Women’s Health Program

Welcoming a new baby into the family should be a time of pure joy and celebration. But for an estimated 100,000 women around the world each year, childbirth instead ended in a devastating injury. Obstetric fistula is a condition that often occurs during prolonged and obstructed labor when women don’t have access to adequate maternity […]

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Courageous Caregivers Who #ChooseToChallenge

The courage to challenge leads to change. This International Women’s Day we’re celebrating all the women who #ChooseToChallenge – volunteers, donors, and caregivers – leaving a lasting impact. In Sub-Saharan Africa, this is often demonstrated by courageous women who, despite overwhelming odds, have held onto hope that a brighter future is possible for their loved […]

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The Gamal Dental Clinic in Guinea

The beginning of a partnership in Guinea In May 2018, the Gamal Abdul Nasser University in Conakry expressed the need for a dedicated space for student clinical training at its dental school – the only one in Guinea. Previous dental students graduated without proper clinical experience – a vital aspect for practical education and training, decreasing […]

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Restoring Dignity

The birth of a child should be one of life’s most joyous occasions. But for many women in developing nations, it’s the beginning of a downward spiral into pain, loneliness, and poverty. Without access to routine medical or surgical care during and after delivery, many young women suffer injuries during childbirth, usually occurring during prolonged […]

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THANK YOU to all our partners who helped transform lives in 2019!

In 2019, partners from around the world came together to transform lives in Guinea and Senegal. Thanks to this generosity, over 1,500 surgeries changed the lives of those who needed them, over 29,000 dental procedures were performed, and over 1,000 individuals participated in our Medical Capacity Building courses…in two different countries! THANK YOU to all […]

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Surgeries begin in Dakar!

On September 10th, the first patients of the Mercy Ships 2019-20 field service walked up the gangway and were admitted to the hospital wards! The first patient admitted for surgery was for little Saliou, who was born with a cleft lip. Thanks to generous Mercy Ships partners and dedicated volunteers, Saliou received the free surgery […]

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Healing The Hurt: Pierre’s Story

[:en] “What happened to me, mommy?” Pierre would ask, “When are you going to fix my legs?” Unsure how to answer her four-year-old son, Edwige made a promise that she would do everything she could to find healing for Pierre’s twisted legs. When she first noticed Pierre’s legs were growing differently than the other children, […]

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Breaking Barriers: Bernard’s Story

[:en] Despite his work ethic, intelligence, and passion for education, 19-year-old Bernard faced a future where he would not be merited by his hard-earned qualifications nor his determination to succeed. Instead, he would be judged by the genetic neurofibromatosis that had disfigured his face for over a decade. When Bernard was four years old, his […]

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The Transformation After the Scars: Leon’s Story

[:en] It was a normal afternoon for 42-year-old Leon as he caught a lift on the back of a friend’s motorcycle. Racing through frenzied traffic, the driver swerved to avoid oncoming vehicles as they made their way across the city. Suddenly, they lost control and Leon was thrown from the bike. Given the extent of […]

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A Three-Month-Old Fighter: Part One

[:en] The first sight of 3-month-old Paul revealed a feather-light bundle cradled in his desperate mother’s arms. His skin was paper-thin and his body remarkably tiny. He weighed just over 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) – less than he had when he was first born. The tiny baby was born with a cleft lip and palate […]

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