Cotonou, Benin – West Africa
In August of each year, Mercy Ships begins a new field service in an African nation. For the next 10 months the hospital ship is docked in a port city, and thousands of patients who have been screened for surgery arrive for their free, life-changing operations.
The Africa Mercy is undertaking a field service in Benin, from August 2016 to June 2017. This is our 5th visit to Benin over a 26 year period.
Located in what is known as the 'Slave Coast' of Africa, Benin is one of the world's poorest countries.
Benin has a population of 10.3 million living in a country 3/4 the size of New Zealand's South Island. This french-speaking nation struggles with the effects of more than 90% living in extreme poverty (less than $2.25 per day).
Previous field service in Madagascar