H.E. Premier Macky Sall of Senegalese has launched the world’s largest intent supply ship and pledged to improve access to surgical, maternity, and anaesthetic care for African countries. More than 30 years of public service in Africa were honored during ceremonies. Through a series of milestone events, Mercy Ships ( and its African partners used the chance to come together in an extraordinary and deliberate effort to improve access to safer treatment across the continent.

Legislators from, Union of Comoros the  Cameroon Union of Congo-Brazzaville, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, and Sénégal gathered on board the Global Mercy to authorize a strategic road map to improve medical services for African countries by 2030, with an estimated 93 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa still lacking access to safe surgical care.

“We, heads of government introduce this day, have embraced the Dakar Declaration, which would be the consequence of the main skills of our cabinet members and specialists on connectivity to surgical, labor and delivery, and anesthetic care,” H.E. President Macky Sall welcomed the Heads of State, saying, “We, heads of states introduce this day, had also embraced the Dakar Declaration, which would be the consequence of the main skills of our ministers and specialists on access to surgeons, obstetric, and anesthetic care As the African Union’s President-in-Office, I pledge to present the Dakar Declaration to the African Union’s summit of heads of state and governments.”

“At the conclusion of a terrible week for Senegal and for all of us following the tragic incidents that unfolded,” Mercy Ships Chief Executive Officer Gert van de Weerdhof stated, “I would like to welcome you all on this beautiful week here in Dakar, Senegal.” The opening of the Global Compassion is just one of the many reasons we are celebrating today. In Dakar, major decisions were made.”

“I give thanks to Senegal and also Mercy Ships troops for their dedication to this mission,” remarked Azali Assoumani, President of the Republic of the Comoros. I praise this model collaboration for helping to develop Africa’s surgical, obstetrical, and anaesthetic systems.”

The Dakar Declaration is a landmark agreement that came out of foundational discussions at a Symposium in Senegal on May 4–6, 2022, where specialists and members of the government of health from 29 African countries came together to express their commitment to improving surgery, labor and delivery, and anesthetic care access. The Symposium’s outcome sparked a new movement to draft a clear route toward safer and more widespread robotic surgery in Africa by 2030. Members of the symposium exchanged information about surgical care in their respective countries, identified gaps and obstacles in their national surgical, obstetric, and anesthetic plans, and devised new methods for execution and capacity development. A baseline examination was done with each country before to the Symposium and reviewed by a scientific advisory committee.

This study, which is unique in the world in Africa, has collected data on surgery, maternity, and anesthesia health service availability, access, and functioning in 29 of the 47 countries in WHO’s Sub-Saharan African area. The survey gives crucial insights about Africa’s healthcare systems, especially in the area of surgery, from the viewpoint of district hospitals. The findings of the study will be used by the World Health Organization to complete an ongoing contextual analysis of medical and healthcare setting, as well as to design and finalize a regional strategy for boosting medical and hospital services in Africa.

The scientific committee’s comprehensive preliminary study led to the creation of a roadmap for increasing investment in surgical, maternity, anesthesia, and nursing home care in Africa, in accordance with both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The Ministers of Health drafted and endorsed a draft Dakar Declaration, which was then adopted by touring African Heads of State.

Global MercyTM, the major hospital ship, is 174 meters long and 28.6 meters wide, with 200 beds, six operating theatres, one hospital, general outpatient centers, a dental clinic, and an eye clinic. The hospital decks are 7,000 square meters in size and offer the most up-to-date training amenities. The ship would be able to house up to 950 people when moored when it is fully operational, comprising crew members and the community from all around the world.

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