Mercy Ships announces its second hospital ship
Mercy Ships has unveiled its new hospital ship, the Global Mercy, which will join the Africa Mercy in service in Africa since 2007.
Global Mercy is scheduled to begin service in Africa in 2021.
Every year, 16.9 million people around the world die due to lack of access to surgical care and 93% of sub-Saharan Africa still lack this access.
Between 1990 and 2020, Mercy Ships has performed more than 100,000 free surgical procedures, trained more than 40,000 medical professionals, renovated more than 100 health facilities, and implemented more than 1,000 community projects in Africa. The Global Mercy will more than double the impact of Mercy Ships on the African continent.
Since 1990, Mercy Ships has been bringing hope and healing to the African people and has conducted more than 30 humanitarian missions in 14 African countries.
“As COVID-19 threatens the stability of already fragile healthcare systems globally, the need to provide accessible, life-saving surgical care is greater than ever. The Global Mercy represents a unique call to support the strengthening of healthcare systems in Africa on behalf of the most vulnerable,” commented Rosa Whitaker, President for Mercy Ships.
The Global Mercy is a modern, state-of-the-art hospital ship, equipped with six surgical operating rooms. The ship will also provide a specialised training platform for African surgeons, obstetricians, dentists and anaesthesiologists, including a simulation laboratory for surgical and post-operative care.