Safe Surgery by 2030: African Leaders Commit to the Dakar Declaration
The arrival of the Global Mercy signifies a new era for the partnership between Mercy Ships and Africa. But she’s just one piece of a larger movement toward safer surgery across the continent.
Drawing on the data gathered and analyzed at the International Symposium, representatives from several African nations met on board the Global Mercy to adopt the Dakar Declaration. The document, a commitment to key improvements in surgical, obstetric, and anesthetic systems across the continent by 2030, was based on input from 29 African nations.
Amid all these historic moments, the shared vision of Mercy Ships and its African partners shone through: A future of safe and accessible surgery, led by the African people. Mercy Ships stands ready to support them with a two-ship fleet, doubled capacity for direct surgical care, and doubled capacity for training and building up local surgical systems.