The hospital ship charity Mercy Ships has signed an agreement with the Republic of Liberia to deliver free health care to its citizens during 2019.
The charity’s vessel Africa Mercywill dock in the countries capital Monrovia for 10 months, providing – often life-saving – surgeries for thousands of people.
Africa Mercywill bring more than 400 volunteer doctors, nurses and specialists from around the world who will serve aboard the specially adapted ship.
The teams will help to improve local healthcare facilities and provide education for local professionals in a number of medical fields, including maxillofacial surgery, orthopedic trauma, paediatric anaesthesia, and infection control.
Mercy Ships has helped nearly three million people in its 40-year history.
And in its four previous trips to Liberia it has provided more than 6,000 lifesaving surgeries and helped 16,000 patients with free dental care.
Liberia’s population of four million continues to recover from the two-year Ebola epidemic that began in 2014.
The disease ravaged the nation and resulted in more than 11,000 deaths throughout Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where Mercy Ships is currently serving.
Liberia ranks 181st among 189 countries and territories on the World Health Organisation’s Human Development Index, which Mercy Ships uses to assess areas of need for service.
All Mercy Ships services are provided free of charge, thanks to donors around the world who are passionate in their support of the volunteer professionals on-board theAfrica Mercy.