Mercy Ships delivers free, high-tech healthcare to West Africa

March 27, 2013 in Medical Technology

Built specifically for medical missions, Africa Mercy includes six operating rooms, intensive care, and bed space for up to 78 patients. It is outfitted with the latest healthcare technology, including a digital X-ray system from Quantum Medical Imaging.

The X-ray system performs a wide variety of exams, including chest exams to screen for tuberculosis and spine imaging to detect orthopedic conditions.

Africa Mercy, the “floating hospital” of Mercy Ships, is capable of housing a staff of 484, including surgeons, specialists and other medical personnel who volunteer their services. During a recent 10-month port visit to Sierra Leone, volunteer professionals performed 3,300 general surgeries, more than 2,600 eye surgeries, more than 34,700 dental treatments and approximately 10,000 medical consultations.

More than 450 local healthcare professionals were trained in anesthesiology, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery, midwifery and eye surgery.

Africa Mercy’s medical crew typically performs up to 7,000 procedures each year. In the past 35 years, Mercy Ships has delivered more than $1 billion worth of free healthcare to more than 2.35 million people across 54 developing nations.

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