Conakry, Guinea – West Africa

 

In August of each year, Mercy Ships begins a new field service in an African nation. For 10 months the hospital ship is docked in Conakry, Guinea in West Africa where and thousands of patients who have been screened for surgery arrive for their free, life-changing operations.

Guinea is around the same size as New Zealand, with a population of more than 13 million people. The average annual income is only $1,970 a year, and this struggling nation's people can only expect to live to the age of 60 years. At 183/188, Guinea is ranked one of the lowest in the world on the United Nations Human Development Index which measures quality of life.

 

Previous field service in Cameroon

From August 2017 - June 2018, Mercy Ships undertook our first field service in Cameroon. Located in West Africa, Cameroon shares its western border with Nigeria and is one of the world's poorest countries.

Cameroon has a population of  23.44 million living in a country about the length of New Zealand but much wider - with more than three times the population density. This French-speaking nation struggles with the effects of extreme poverty as indicated by the UN Human Development Index rating of 153/ 188 nations.

These are some of the people whose lives were transformed.

Cameroon Field Service Overview from Mercy Ships New Zealand on Vimeo.

People at the eye clinic in Doula waiting to be tested