Why Africa?

 

(l-r) Anneke admissions nurse, grandmother, Meilissa Admissions nurse, mother, day worker translator in the admissions tent.
(l-r) Anneke admissions nurse, grandmother, Meilissa Admissions nurse, mother, day worker translator in the admissions tent.

An estimated ONE BILLION people lack access to even basic health care. They are plagued by preventable disease, untreated illnesses and neglected injuries. Even a simple toothache can become a life-threatening crisis. With the support and prayers of friends like you, we can say to the suffering men, women and children - "Mercy is on its way!".

 

In many developing countries, even basic medical care is a luxury. And in Africa, nearly 50 percent of the people have no access to a hospital or doctor.

Children, teens, adults and the elderly suffer and die every day from curable or treatable causes.  A staggering 6.6 million children under the age of five died in 2012 from treatable diseases - more than 18,000 children per day. (Source: WHO).  

Many nations in Africa are ranked by the United Nations Human Development Index as the least developed nations on earth.

There are only two doctors per 10,000, New Zealand has 10 times that ratio.

On average 170 of every 1000 African children die before they are five, compared with the loss of five out of 1000 Kiwi children

A West African women has a 1/16 chance of dying during pregnancy, it's a 1/7150 risk in New Zealand

An estimated 70% of Africans live on less than NZ$2.25 each per day to meet all their needs; food, shelter, education and more

The challenge is enormous but each day we are making a difference as we provide surgical and healthcare solutions. As we work alongside local partners, mentoring and training people in their healthcare arena is a sustainable investment into improving the healthcare systems for the future.