Douala, Cameroon – 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 Cameroon for the first time, from August 2017 to June 2018. Located in West Africa Cameroon shares its western border with Nigeria. Cameroon is one of the world's poorest countries but is often referred to as 'Africa in miniature' for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas.
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..