16 Aug We’ve arrived in Guinea!
We are pleased to announce that the Africa Mercy has arrived at the Port of Conakry to start its fourth field service in the nation of Guinea.
The ship sailed in to Conakry to the sound of singing, drums and an arrival ceremony and was met by the First Lady, Madame Hadja Djene Condé as well as the Africa Mercy Managing Director, Warrie Blackburn.
The Africa Mercy will spend ten months providing free life-changing healthcare for the Guinean people, with plans to provide over 2,000 life-changing surgeries onboard. A full breakdown of the surgeries can be found here.
The volunteer led crew, which includes over 140 volunteers from across the United Kingdom, also hope to treat over 8,000 patients at a land-based dental clinic as well as providing healthcare training to local medical professionals.
Surgical specialties offered onboard the Africa Mercy include maxillofacial, plastic reconstructive, women’s health – including obstetric fistula, pediatric orthopaedics, general, and ophthalmic (adult and pediatric).
Mercy Ships not only delivers medical services but also drives sustainable change. In Guinea, we will provide training to local healthcare professionals in essential surgical skills, obstetric anaesthesia, paediatric anaesthesia, primary trauma care, essential pain management, biomedical equipment care, neonatal resuscitation, Ponseti method and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.
Guinea has a population of 12 million people with only one doctor per 10,000 people. Guinea’s mineral wealth makes it potentially one of Africa’s richest countries, but its people are among the poorest in West Africa.
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