03 Oct Mercy Ships continues to #ChangeTheOdds with UK government Aid Match
House of Parliament event kicks off campaign focused on resolving the Global Surgery Crisis.
LONDON, England (3 October 2019) – Two out of three people in the world do not have access to surgery when they need it. This means that more people die every year from treatable conditions than die from TB, Malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. This is a Global Surgery Crisis.
Mercy Ships today announced the launch of a new campaign in which the UK government has committed to double all donations received until December 31st 2019. This funding pledge means that all donations received from the Great British public will be doubled up to £2 million, helping to change the odds for those living without adequate healthcare.
The campaign launch took place at an event held at the House of Parliament. The Senegalese Ambassador spoke on behalf of the President of Senegal and all the different people of Senegal. He said thank you very much for all Mercy Ships are doing. “I am sure that before you leave after the 10 month stay that you will have done more and served not one person, not two persons… but will have served humanity.”
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said,
“Each year 17 million people die in the world’s poorest communities because of a lack of access to safe, timely and affordable surgery.
“By backing Mercy Ships Change the Odds Appeal, UK Aid will help deliver life-saving and life-changing surgeries, training and infrastructure improvement in Senegal that will allow future generations to prosper. The UK government will double every pound, up to £2 million, which the British public donates to this campaign, meaning their generosity will go twice as far.”
Sir John Major who is a patron for the charity said,
“I am delighted that Mercy Ships has been awarded a matched aid grant from the Department for International Development. This charity exemplifies a spirit of compassion for those in need. I personally am proud that in a world in which selfishness and greed are so often presented as prime motivators, Mercy Ships stands as a living antidote to self-interest”
Through the #ChangeTheOdds campaign, Mercy Ships invites donors to help increase the survival of those without access to life-saving and life-changing surgery. Mercy Ships owns and operates the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship which serves as both a surgical platform and home to more than 400 volunteer professionals from over 40 nations.
The 16,500 ton Africa Mercy docked in Senegal mid-August. During the ship’s 10-month field service, the crew expect to provide 1,700 free life-changing surgical procedures onboard, treat 3,500 dental patients and train 1,400 healthcare professionals in West Africa, in Senegal specifically.
UK Aid Match brings charities, the British public and the UK government together to collectively change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. The match is designed to provide opportunities for the UK public to engage with international development issues, whilst boosting the impact of the very best civil society projects to reach the poorest people in developing countries.
For more information on the #Changetheodds appeal, and to get involved go to www.mercyships.org.uk/changetheodds
Notes to Editors:
Five billion people around the world have no access to safe and affordable surgery when they need it. Mercy Ships is working hard to change this.
● Mercy Ships operates the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, taking free medical care and surgery directly to those who need it most. As a floating hospital, the Africa Mercy provides a state-of-the-art, safe and clean environment for patients and volunteers.
● Since 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 56 countries, providing services worth more than £1.2 billion that have directly helped more than 2.7 million people. Mercy Ships has also trained more than 42,250 local health professionals and 6,315 healthcare professionals to train others in order to leave a legacy that lasts.
● Mercy Ships builds a five-year relationship with every country visited, working closely with each government and ministry of health to deliver real, lasting change where it is needed most.
● Every year, around 1,000 people volunteer to work on the Africa Mercy from up to 40 nations. Volunteer professionals treat dental and eye problems, cleft lips and palates, tumours, club feet, childbirth injuries, burns and various other conditions. As well as doctors and nurses, Mercy Ships relies on the support of a host of other skilled volunteers, including cooks, teachers, receptionists, mechanics, IT specialists, engineers and cleaners.
● Mercy Ships tackles the diseases of poverty through offering direct medical care and surgery to local people, training and mentoring local health professionals, and improving healthcare infrastructure to last long after the ship has sailed.
UK Aid Match:
● UK Aid Match brings charities, the British public and the UK government together to collectively change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
● It is designed to provide opportunities for the UK public to engage with international development issues and have a say in how UK aid is spent, whilst boosting the impact of the very best civil society projects to reach the poorest people in developing countries.
● For every £1 donated to a UK Aid Match charity appeal, the government will also contribute £1 of UK aid, to help these projects go further in changing and saving lives. UK Aid Match is funded from the international development budget, for donations made by individuals living in the UK.
Mercy Ships UK Tel: 01438 727 800