Mercy Ship de­liv­ers life-chang­ing surgery

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEERS like Bud­erim nurse Karen Binns have worked tire­lessly to de­liver nearly 3000 life-chang­ing surg­eries on board the

Africa Mercy hospi­tal ship since it berthed in Cameroon in Au­gust 2017.

This has been the first time Mercy Ships has vis­ited Cameroon, which is one of the least de­vel­oped coun­tries in the world and where there are only eight doc­tors per 100,000 peo­ple.

“Our big white hospi­tal ship is their only hope,” Mrs Binns said.

Now Mercy Ships is ask­ing for your help to raise aware­ness and funds to sup­port their work in Africa by participating in Mercy May.

“This Mercy May, we’re aim­ing to raise enough funds to de­liver 1500 sur­gi­cal mir­a­cles of hope and heal­ing on board our hospi­tal ship,” Mercy Ships Aus­tralia’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Alan Bur­rell said.

Mercy Ships, founded back in 1978, has worked tire­lessly to com­bat the global surgery cri­sis of five bil­lion peo­ple with­out ac­cess to safe surgery.

The Africa Mercy docked in the port city of Douala in Cameroon with plans to pro­vide life-chang­ing surg­eries on board, to treat pa­tients at a land-based den­tal clinic, as well as pro­vid­ing health care train­ing to lo­cal med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als.

“Your in­volve­ment with Mercy May, no mat­ter how big or small, will make a vi­tal dif­fer­ence.”

Reg­is­ter your in­ter­est in host­ing a Mercy May event by con­tact­ing the Mercy Ships Aus­tralia na­tional of­fice on 1300 739 899 or visit the website www.mer­cy­may. org.au.

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