Return to Togo
The Africa Mercy, the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, returned to Lomé on 5th January to bring hope and healing to the people of Togo.
Togo was the first country in Africa that Mercy Ships visited in 1990, and 2012 will be the fifth visit of a Mercy Ship to the West African nation.
Until the end of May, Mercy Ships will use its state-of-the-art hospital ship with six operating theatres, lab, pharmacy, 78 beds, and an outpatient clinic, to provide free health care to those in desperate need, as well as training for health care workers in Togo
Following a ten month field service in Sierra Leone in 2011, where thousands of patients were treated, Mercy Ships decided to return to Togo to complete another five month field service.
This year the Africa Mercy will consist of follow-up with patients operated on by Mercy Ships during its previous visit in 2010, as well as new surgeries.
Many patients who had received surgery will be checked again and patients who were on a “waiting list” for surgeries will finally receive a long awaited free surgery.
The 2012 field service in Lomé, Togo, will include following services: cataract and pterygium surgeries, eye training, maxillofacial surgeries, plastic reconstructive surgeries, life-changing general surgeries, VVF (vesico-vaginal fistula) surgeries, dental care and basic oral health education, and ministering of terminally ill individuals and their families.
Mercy Ships will also help in the capacity building by organising leadership conferences and an agriculture training programme.
In total Mercy Ships hopes to provide more than 1,250 free surgeries, 11,000 dental procedures and the training of 900 local leaders of churches, communities and government representatives.