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Senegal Hospital Fire

Senegal hospital fire: Eleven newborn babies die in Tivaouane As Mercy Ships we are heartbroken by the recent tragedy in Senegal. An accident in a hospital in Senegal on May 25 has cost the lives of 11 newborn babies. President Macky Sall has declared three days of national mourning in memory of the victims of the tragedy at the Mame Abdou Aziz hospital in Tivaouane. Our deepest sympathies and shared mourning are with HE President Macky Sall and the people of Senegal regarding the tragic hospital fire and loss of infant lives.

Dakar Declaration Media Advisory

His Excellency, President Macky Sall to Welcome Heads of State to Dakar to accelerate access to safe surgical, obstetric and anesthetic care in Africa by 2030. Invited delegations set to approve a Dakar Declaration to expedite improvements in surgical care for their nations as part of inaugural ceremonies on board the world’s largest civilian purpose-built hospital ship, Global Mercy™

Safer Surgery by 2030: Medical Experts and Health Ministers Gather for Breakthrough Symposium in Senegal

Dakar, SENEGAL - 12 May 2022. Following a three-day International Symposium bringing together medical experts from 29 African countries, Ministers of Health from around Africa converged in an historic moment to draft a clear path towards wider and safer access to surgical care in Africa by 2030. 

International Symposium Media Advisory

International Symposium on Strengthening Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthetic Care Systems in Africa to be hosted in May by the Government of Senegal and with the support of Mercy Ships

International Symposium on Strengthening Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthetic Care Systems in Africa

DAKAR, SENEGAL - 27 April 2022: As Mercy Ships marks its 30 years of service in Africa, the global humanitarian organisation will strengthen its partnerships with African countries and stakeholders in the health sector by co-hosting a number of events in May and June 2022. The first event will be an International Symposium (IS) on Strengthening Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthetic Care Systems in Africa by 2030 between May 4 - 6 in Dakar, Senegal.

World Health Day: Partnering with Africa for a Healthier Future

“A big thing about capacity building is training individual workers in different skills, but also training them to train others,” said Dr. John. “So that when we leave, they can continue scaling up that work.” The Africa MercyⓇ and her crew have been offering direct care and training for years. But now with the completion of the newer and larger Global MercyⓇ, the Mercy Ships capacity for both surgery and mentoring will more than double.

The world’s largest civilian hospital ship Global Mercy™ makes its way to Senegal in June

Rotterdam, Netherlands - 15 March 2022:  The 37,000-gt Global Mercy was welcomed in Rotterdam, Netherlands over the last two weeks as the ship opened its doors to the public and global dignitaries for tours before it will begin active service in June in Dakar, Senegal - the first of many missions in the next 50 years on the African continent.

First patient received aboard Mercy Ships after historic return to Africa

DAKAR, SENEGAL, 24 February 2022. The first patient to undergo surgical treatment on Africa Mercy® since its return to Africa has been welcomed aboard. Docked in the autonomous port of Dakar since February 1st this floating hospital has resumed its original mission to provide free surgeries and medical training on the continent after a 22-month pause caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Africa Mercy® returns to Dakar to resume surgery

DAKAR SENEGAL, 2 February 2022 - The President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Mr Macky SALL is pleased to announce that the Africa Mercy has returned as promised to continue the surgical operations and training that were interrupted in March 2020 by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ship's presence is expected to last until November 2022.