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.
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.