Patient Evaluation Day 2018

Patient Evaluation Day 2018

At Mercy Ships’ first patient selection day, we counted over 6,000 people who passed through the gates of our screening location in Conakry, Guinea.  It proved to be a challenging day, as crowds began to multiply before sunrise in hopes of relief from medical conditions rarely seen in any other setting. By His grace, the screening team was able to see everyone in the line before the sun went down.  No one was left waiting to be seen.

By the end of the day, 1,135 people were offered follow-up appointments to return for a more in-depth health assessment over the next week. In the coming months, Africa Mercy teams will also continue to screen patients from four regions in the interior as well. We are on our way to filling our wards, operating rooms and HOPE Centre with patients who have no other access to safe, affordable and timely surgical care.

During the Africa Mercy’s 10-month stay in Guinea, Mercy Ships plans to provide 2,000 to 2,500 life-changing surgeries, to treat over 8,000 people at a land-based dental clinic, and to train local medical professionals through mentoring and courses!

Thank you for your support and prayers! 

volunteer Florence Bangura

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Dr Austin Demby

Transforming Sierra Leone’s Healthcare: A Vision for Safe and Affordable Surgery

As experts from the surgical and healthcare world gather for the 64th Annual Conference and Scientific Meeting of the West African College of Surgeons in Sierra Leone this week, a profound dedication to advancing surgical knowledge and practice in the region is palpable. At the forefront of discussions lies the conference’s pivotal theme: access to safe and affordable surgical and anesthetic care in West Africa. This theme highlights the pressing need to address disparities in healthcare capabilities and capacities across the region, especially the critical importance of equitable access to quality surgical interventions.

Mission Madagascar

The Africa Mercy Arrives in Madagascar to Bring Hope and Healing Anew

Freshly refitted hospital ship, the upgraded Africa Mercy® has arrived at the island nation to build on the charity’s longstanding collaboration and will provide specialized surgeries in various fields, including maxillofacial and ear nose and throat, general, pediatric specialized general, pediatric orthopedic, cataract surgery, and reconstructive plastics. 

Patient Vanya

Reuniting with Vanya, Years After Surgery

In 2015, in an operating room on board the Africa Mercy while docked in Madagascar, the course of Vanya’s life changed.
Years have now passed since Vanya’s journey toward healing. In the time since, her improved ability to walk allowed her to return to school, where she loved studying environmental science and learning about the world around her.

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