Celebrating Our 100,000th Free Surgical Procedure
Today Mercy Ships Canada celebrates a major milestone: the 100,000th free surgical procedure provided to a patient in West Africa. The momentous occasion comes as Mercy Ships celebrates 40 years of transforming lives in the world’s poorest nations.
Currently docked for a 10-month stay in the port of Conakry, Guinea, these free surgical procedures are performed on the world’s largest charity hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, run by skilled volunteers from over 40 nations around the world.
Volunteer surgeons onboard the Africa Mercy treat tumours, burns, vision problems, women’s health conditions, childhood orthopaedics and a range wide of general surgeries.
Yesterday, a volunteer carried baby Aissata, a seven month old girl, into the operating room. Another volunteer made sure the anesthesia and instruments were in order while another made an incision. During her recovery, more will provide post operative care. Other crew members will prepare meals for those in the wards and operating theatre, and throughout it all the technical crew will keep everything running.
Many hands and hearts are involved in every journey to hope and healing – and this legacy is shared by all who have served and supported Mercy Ships in the mission to bring hope and healing to the world’s poorest nations.
On behalf of Mercy Ships Canada, thank you volunteers and donors who helped make this significant milestone possible!
In June 2022, more than 30 Senegalese healthcare professionals boarded the Global Mercy® to equip themselves with new skills that could save countless vulnerable young lives.
Now living in France, Léa works for Mercy Ships Canada remotely and “seized the opportunity” when the hospital ship Global Mercy came to Europe.
The Africa Celebration is a moment to pause and give thanks for 30 years of partnership, filled with stories of hope and healing.
The Africa Mercy® hospital ship returned to West Africa, bringing hope and healing as the vessel docked once again in the port of Dakar, Senegal.
Two years ago, when the Africa Mercy sailed from Senegal, hundreds of patients were left still waiting for their chance for surgery.
On February 1st, the ship returned to the port of Dakar to bring hope and healing to these patients and their families.
Canadian Annick Sylvestre, Country Engagement Team, Operations Liaison in Liberia, shares an update of recent activities in the country.