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!
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