Mercy Ships Celebrates World Sight Day
Established by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness that aims to bring global attention to vision impairment and blindness.
Over 2.2 million people worldwide are visually impaired, with an estimated 1 billion suffering from untreated preventable conditions (WHO). In developing nations, eye conditions treatable in early stages are often neglected, leading to impairment or blindness.
Being blind in developing countries has a devastating impact on quality of life – most people suffering from blindness are outcasts, neglected by their communities and unable to support themselves and their families.
The Mercy Ships Ophthalmic Program treats patients like 9-year-old Monique, who had to leave school when she developed cataracts, leaving her blind. When her Grandmother heard that the Africa Mercy was accepting patients in Cameroon, her heart filled with hope. Thanks to generous partners, Monique received free surgery that restored her vision! She has now returned to school, and has a bright future to look forward to.
Mercy Ships works in the world’s poorest nations to give hope to people who have lost their vision. This #WorldSightDay, we want to say THANK YOU to all our generous partners who help us give the gift of sight to those in need.
Raising the Bar for Safe Surgical Care on World Health Day
Dr. Juliette Tuakli speaks on what the theme for this year’s World Health Day, “Health for All,” really looks like on the continent of Africa.
A Legacy of Hope and Healing
Celebrating the surgeon behind the first operation on the Global Mercy. Learn more about Dr Rachel Buckingham.
First Patient Recieves Surgery on the Global Mercy®
Meet orthopedic patient Amadou, who received the first surgery on board the hospital ship Global Mercy®
Mercy Ships Canada and Foresight for IT Celebrate 5 Years of Corporate Social Responsibility
Honoring and acknowledging the support from our vital partner, Foresight for IT, as we celebrate five years together.
A Young Leader’s Philanthropic Inspiration
Discover how a young girl inspires others by making a generous donation to Mercy Ships Canada
Creating New Connections: Mercy Ships Canada and the Francophone Nursing Community
Find out how Mercy Ships Canada is getting involved with the French speaking nursing community.