Your impact in 2023
Together with you, we performed 3'295 surgeries!
Mercy Ships Celebrates Lasting Impact in 2023
En 2023, Mercy Ships réalisé un total de 3’295 interventions chirurgicales, dont 1’437 ont eu lieu à bord du Global Mercy™ lors de missions à Dakar et Freetown. Ces missions ont permis de servir les patients du Sénégal, de la Gambie et de la Sierra Leone, grâce à l’engagement de 1’318 professionnels bénévoles de 67 pays, dont plus de 660 collaborateurs locaux. A vous tous qui nous avez soutenus, accompagnés et aidé: MERCI!
Access to Surgery and Volunteer Impact
Mercy Ships’ ability to provide free surgical care and training in partnership with host countries relies heavily on the dedication of volunteer professionals. These volunteers play a pivotal role in the organization’s mission, addressing complex medical cases and instilling genuine hope in patients. Dr. Buckingham underscores the profound impact of these interventions, particularly among children with severe malformations.
Expanding Humanitarian Reach Across 8 Nations in 2023
In 2023, Mercy Ships extended its reach to 8 countries, conducting a total of 3,295 surgical interventions benefiting 2,953 patients. Additionally, the organization provided nutritional agriculture training to 93 farmers and trained 56 aspiring dentists. Through mentorship and training initiatives, Mercy Ships fostered stronger partnerships with local medical professionals and African governments.
Driving Sustainable Change: Empowering Healthcare Professionals
The dedication of Mercy Ships volunteers in 2023 translated into 94,076 hours spent training 1,297 healthcare professionals. Dr. Mohamed Sabounji, a product of Dr. Buckingham’s mentorship, serves as a testament to the organization’s vision of equipping skilled professionals to ensure enduring healthcare solutions.
Tackling Current Challenges and Setting Ambitious Goals for 2024
With nearly 5 billion people worldwide lacking access to safe surgical care, including 1.7 billion children, the need for intervention is urgent, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In response, Mercy Ships is ramping up efforts in 2024 to bridge gaps in surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care while prioritizing the training of local healthcare providers.
Urgent Call for Volunteers to Make an Impact in 2024
To meet the demands of the upcoming year, Mercy Ships is issuing a call to action for dedicated volunteers. Vital roles across healthcare, IT, culinary services, education, plumbing, and electrical work await passionate individuals. Through the “Training, Teaching, and Mobilization” initiative, the organization aims to bolster the ranks of surgical providers and establish sustainable educational programs in collaboration with host nations.
As Mercy Ships continues its mission of transforming lives through surgical care and capacity-building, the prospects for 2024 are bright, promising enduring advancements in African healthcare.
Mercy Ships is back in Madagascar to bring transformative surgical education and free, life-changing surgeries.
Réhane Favereau, a Swiss artist specializing in the art of Swiss cut-outs, has created a
unique work recounting the 45 years of Mercy Ships.
Emmanuel walked up the gangway of the Global Mercy, filled with cautious hope. The 43-year-old was our first surgical patient in Sierra Leone.
Humanitarian field service in Sierra Leone The next chapter for Mercy Ships and the hospital ship, the Global Mercy! Over the course of the field service in Sierra Leone, Mercy