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Mercy Ships Canada

Nick Vujicic aboard Africa Mercy

Mercy Ships is the world's leading non-governmental ship-based medical organization.

The Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity hospital ship, is crewed by 450 volunteers from around the world, delivering medical excellence and developmental programs with integrity and compassion.

At the beginning of 2009, the board appointed Tim Maloney as the National Director.

“I see that our work is threefold at present,” says Tim. “We need to raise awareness, recruit even more Canadians to be involved, and fundraise. All of these are part of that sense of delivering God’s love through the activities, programs and people of Mercy Ships. Our desire is to see our Canadian office become a nationally recognized and supported charity that fulfills the mandate to serve the forgotten poor.” 

Target Population

Mercy Ships serves those who are most in need of health care and relief aid in the world's poorest countries. Lack of clean water is one of the most urgent problems facing the developing world today. Thousands of children die annually from easily-correctable birth defects such as cleft palates and lips. Those who survive become outcasts from society, often rejected by their parents and communities and denied even basic schooling. Half of the world's estimated 40 million blind people could see following a one-hour operation.

Methods

    • Life-changing Operations: Surgeons perform free operations onboard, correcting cleft lips and/or palates and crossed eyes, removing tumors and cataracts, straightening club feet, repairing fistulas.

    • Village Clinics: Medical and dental teams establish local clinics in villages for the benefit of people who have no access to health care.

    • Agricultural Projects: Helps communities become self-sufficient in food production through provision of seeds, tools and training.

    • Community Health Education: Teaching primary health care to locals who have a desire to teach and benefit their community multiplies the efforts of Mercy Ships teams.

    • Water & Sanitation: Provides wells and water pumps, assists with latrine construction, and trains villagers in hygiene and sanitation.

    • Construction Projects: Partners with, and trains, local people on each project, empowering communities to help themselves.


Statistics

Since 1978, they have provided services in developing nations valued at more than $808 million, including the following:

Performed more than 47,000 life-changing and life-saving operations such as cleft lip/palate repairs. cataract removals and lens implants, orthopaedic procedures, facial reconstructions and obstetric fistula repairs.

Treated over 422,210 patients in village clinics with more than 456,400 medical procedures performed.

Treated over 95,800 dental patients with more than 206,000 dental procedures performed.

Completed over 1,058 community development projects focusing on water and sanitation, education, infrastructure development and agriculture.

Trained over 15,300 local health-care professionals who have in turn trained many others.

Taught 125,800 local people in basic health care.

Established a women and children’s health centre in West Africa which has performed more than 1,558 obstetric surgeries and some 28,900 paediatric outpatient consultations. 

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