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Mercy Ships and Sierra Leone

“In 2011, Mercy Ships returned to Sierra Leone for its fifth visit in the last twenty years. We are well aware of the health care challenges faced by the people of Sierra Leone, and our unique onboard hospital facility is of the highest quality and beyond what is available in the countries we serve. During our port visit, our crew performed 3,300 life-changing general surgeries, over 2,600 eye surgeries, more than 34,700 dental treatments and approximately 10,000 medical consultations. In addition, more than 450 local health care professionals were trained in their area of expertise – anesthesiology, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery, midwifery and eye surgery.”

Myron E (Mike) Ullman III

Sierra Leone

We are very excited to return to lovely Sierra Leone one day!

Mercy Ships is a global charity, which uses hospital ships to bring hope and healing to nations who are holistically building stronger healthcare systems.

The volunteer professionals of Mercy Ships have been honored to partner with Sierra Leone’s health ministry in the past by offering immediate surgical intervention onboard the Africa Mercy and sharing advice and resources to build Sierra Leone’s own capacity.

All of Mercy Ships services are offered in Sierra Leone at no cost.

  • Population

    7,976,983 people live in Sierra Leone.

  • Healthcare

    .02 Physicians per 1000 people. In 2006 stats showed that per 1000 people, .4 hospital beds were available.

  • Previous Care

    Mercy Ships provided free surgeries to over 3,000 people during our last visit in 2011.

Who We Are

Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships is a global faith-based charity that uses hospital ships and volunteer professionals to deliver free specialized surgical care and medical training to build the local healthcare systems with our host nations, focusing in Africa.

Medical Training

Mercy Ships offers free training designed to empower healthcare workers and strengthen local healthcare systems. Instruction is specific to the unique needs of our host nation and planned in collaboration with the National Ministry of Health.

How We Help

Mercy Ships comes alongside our host nation with volunteer professionals to address the immediate surgical needs of a nation, simultaneously training local healthcare workers, and collaboratively building healthcare infrastructure. This approach empowers our host’s sustainable progress and continued development.

Who We Are

Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships is a global faith-based charity that uses hospital ships and volunteer professionals to deliver free specialized surgical care and medical training to build the local healthcare systems with our host nations, focusing in Africa.

Medical Training

Mercy Ships offers free training designed to empower healthcare workers and strengthen local healthcare systems. Instruction is specific to the unique needs of our host nation and planned in collaboration with the National Ministry of Health.

How We Help

Mercy Ships comes alongside our host nation with volunteer professionals to address the immediate surgical needs of a nation, simultaneously training local healthcare workers, and collaboratively building healthcare infrastructure. This approach empowers our host’s sustainable progress and continued development.

  • Phase 1

     

    Awareness

    In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Action, Mercy Ships will raise awareness in district health posts, health centers and regional hospitals.

  • Phase 2

    Call to Register

    Potential patients should be directed to the regional Hope Centers for registration during the registration week in their region.

     

    Phase 2

  • Phase 3

     

    Registration

    People who are recognised as potential patients can be registered in one of the registration clinics or through our online form.

  • Phase 4

    Consultation

    Mercy Ships their Patient Selection Team will visit regional hope centers to assess the registered patients.

     

    Phase 4

  • Phase 5

     

    Ship Visit

    Selected patients are invited to come to Monrovia for a secondary examination by a Mercy Ships surgeon.

  • Phase 6

    Surgery

    Once the Mercy Ships surgeon has seen the patient, he or she will be scheduled for surgery. Once the surgery and follow-up care is completed, the patient will be able to return to their home.

     

    Phase 6

FAQs

When is Mercy Ships coming to Liberia?

The Africa Mercy will be arriving in the middle of August 2020 and will stay for a 10 month field service.

How do I register a patient?

Registration will begin several months before the arrival of the ship and will be communicated locally and on this website.

I want to work with Mercy Ships. How can I do this?

We will be needing many people to help as translators, extra hands, and partners during this time. There is much more information on this page about this.

Ask Us Anything

We are excited to share our story with you. We believe that a successful collaboration is based on mutual trust. By being transparent with local media and organizations and inviting them to learn more about our mission, we hope to build strong partnerships that will help us achieve our goals.

For this purpose, we have selected for you the most important facts and figures about Mercy Ships.

If you have any questions, please contact us using this form. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

 Get in Touch

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Please be aware, we’re not taking any referrals through this form. Referrals through messages or email will not be received. Any other message we will try to respond to ASAP.

Ask Us Anything

We are excited to share our story with you. We believe that a successful collaboration is based on mutual trust. By being transparent with local media and organizations and inviting them to learn more about our mission, we hope to build strong partnerships that will help us achieve our goals.

For this purpose, we have selected for you the most important facts and figures about Mercy Ships.

If you have any questions, please contact us using this form. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

 Get in Touch

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Please be aware, we’re not taking any referrals through this form. Referrals through messages or email will not be received. Any other message we will try to respond to ASAP.