After Dakar, Senegal, Global Mercy TM Begins Local Medical Training The Global MercyTM team has begun preparing for its debut African cruise.

Well over 260 Senegalese medical personnel will be educated in surgical techniques, SAFE anesthesia, healthcare, and more this month. First surgical safety classes.

Mercy Ships director Don Stephens was awarded the Senegal Lion’s Commander. Dr. Gary Parker was honored in the Royal Palace. The order of the Lion is given for exceptional civic or service in the military.

Mercy Ships leaders, government authorities, and organizations including WHO Africa, Johnson & Johnson, and Smile Train christened the Global Mercy.

Senegal’s Secretary-General, Dr. Diop, said during the Ritual of Blessing, “It’s my joy to serve my country, which has huge surgical requirements.” First Global Mercy in Africa. Poor surgical access. Unequipped hospitals. Unskilled medical staff. Mercy Ships blesses.”

Mercy Ships’ CEO called it “holy.” The Global Mercy reaches the Mercy Ships fleet after years of preparation, research, and collaboration, increasing the number of patients who may get safe, free surgery.

“We expect to give 5,000 training time during this first trip of the Global Mercy, including portions of the hospital we couldn’t ever reach for training in a field service,” he added. In 2023, we intend to improve surgical skills in Dakar.

Senegal’s president unveiled the world’s largest private floating hospital last week and pledged to enhance surgical, obstetric, and cosmetic care in Africa. Cameroon, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal agreed a plan to improve surgical treatment by 2030. 93% of sub-Saharan Africa lacks safe surgery.

Mercy Ships as well as its African associates used this advantage to increase access to safe and secure surgery from across the country through a series of major events, along with the Dakar Declaration, a plan to speed up access to arthroscopy, obstetric, and general anesthesia treatment across Continent, which H.E. Chairman Macky Sall would then take to the remaining portion of the African Union.

The Global MercyTM is 174 meters long and 28.6 meters broad, with 200 patient capacity, six operating theatres, a lab, general outpatient centers, and dental, and eye clinics. Modern training camps are on the 7,000-square-meter medical decks. Whenever in regular service, the ship would be ready to transfer 950 passengers, including members of the crew and supporters from around the world.

In the next fifty years, the Global Mercy would perform over 150,000 surgeries. Every change has a name, appearance, story, home, and purpose. Hundreds of African medical practitioners will be taught and supervised.

The ship will conclude final outfitting in the Canary Islands in 2022 and return to Dakar in 2023. The Africa Mercy will continue in Senegal through till the end of the year.

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Healthcare has focused on particular diseases for 20 years, but surgery in low-resource countries has not. 17 million people die annually from the absence of surgery.

Mercy Ships is a church group that operates hospital ships to offer free, world-class healthcare. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in 55 countries, mostly in Africa. Over 60 countries contribute to Africa Mercy® and Global MercyTM. Volunteers include doctors, dentists, paramedics, trainers, cooks, and engineers. Mercy Ships serves 16 African states. 

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