Africa

Imagine living with incontinence. The constant smell. The enduring embarrassment of leaking onto sofas, beds, and chairs. Would you go out?  Astou couldn’t.  In fact, for almost twenty years, Astou hid herself away. Even on her sister’s wedding day. “On the day of the wedding, I locked myself...

 Malang, a five-year-old boy from Senegal, had been to multiple hospitals in his home country in search of medical help. His legs started to bow when he was two years old. His parents couldn’t afford surgery or find a surgeon who could perform the necessary...

Dr Austin Demby, Minister of Health, Sierra Leone. As surgical and healthcare experts from around the world gather for the 64th Annual Conference and Scientific Meeting of the West African College of Surgeons in Sierra Leone, a profound dedication to advancing surgical knowledge and practice in...

Florence Bangura’s history with Mercy Ships spans 20 years, covering two countries and three ships – and on International Women’s Day, we wanted to share her incredible story. At the age of 29, Florence worked as a welder on board the very first Mercy Ships hospital...

We're delighted to announce that the Africa Mercy arrived in the Port of Toamasina, Madagascar, 1 February 2024. After braving the waters of the Atlantic during typhoon season, the joyful crew was welcomed with dancing and singing by many awaiting their arrival at the dock. “The crew...

Mercy Ships is delighted to bring hope and healing to Madagascar by providing transformative surgical education as well as life-changing free surgeries to patients on board the Africa Mercy. These operations will cover a range of specialties including maxillofacial and Ear, Nose and Throat, general, paediatric...

The last time Catherine Conteh saw the deeply familiar smile in front of her in Freetown, it was under dramatically different circumstances. Fresh off the plane from Australia on Sunday, Catherine arrived on the dock beside the Global Mercy where she was greeted by Aly Hogarth-Hall...

Mercy Ships has a long-lasting history reaching back more than 20 years with the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Next year, the organisation will add an exciting next chapter to this story. Upon invitation by the government of Sierra Leone, Mercy Ships is pleased...

Dr Charlotte Polle-Kaliti is a pioneer. She was the first person from her community to go into medicine, becoming an obstetrician and gynaecologist, then a fistula surgeon. Out of 11 fistula surgeons in her home country of Kenya, she is the only woman. In the years...

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