As Mercy Ships we are heartbroken by the recent tragedy in Senegal. An accident in a hospital in Senegal on May 25 has cost the lives of 11 newborn babies. President Macky Sall has declared three days of national mourning in memory of the victims of the tragedy at the Mame Abdou Aziz hospital in Tivaouane. Our deepest sympathies and shared mourning are with HE President Macky Sall and the people of Senegal regarding the tragic hospital fire and loss of infant lives.
Mercy Ships and our partners in Africa are coming together to begin a groundbreaking, strategic effort to improve access to safe surgery across the continent.
This is a moment to pause and give thanks for 30 years of partnership, filled with stories of hope and healing. It’s also a turning point. A chance to look ahead to a shared vision for the future.
The Mercy Ships Africa Celebration will unite heads of state, diplomats, top medical experts, and leaders from the nonprofit, business, academic, and community sectors in Dakar, Senegal. These decision-makers will mobilise in pursuit of one goal: A roadmap to safe surgery in Africa by 2030.
“We are going to bring our partners from abroad, from Africa, from the people to the leaders, to celebrate,” said Dr. Pierre M’Pelé, director of the Mercy Ships Africa Bureau. “Celebration is not about dancing. … But celebration in a different way is, ‘Let us look into the future and make the future better than the past.’”
You’re invited to share in this joyous and momentous occasion, as we celebrate the legacy of hope we’ve built with our partners in Africa. You’ll have the opportunity to witness several key events virtually:
May 4-6, 2022: International Symposium on Strengthening Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthetic Care Systems in Africa by 2030. This event will bring together Heads of State, Ministers of Health, and leading experts to collaborate on a 10-year plan for strengthening surgery in Africa. First, from May 4-5, a group of scientific experts from across the continent will meet to discuss the results from a baseline assessment of the surgical system in Africa. On May 6, the African Ministers will gather to go over their report. Livestreams will allow you to look behind the scenes of some of these formative conversations, and witness history in the making. Book your spot here.
June 2, 2022: Commissioning of the Global Mercy. After years of preparation, the newly built Global Mercy is joining the Africa MercyⓇ in Senegal, doubling the Mercy Ships fleet and the capacity for hope and healing. The commissioning of the Global Mercy on June 2 will be a celebration of 30 years of impact, and a promise of much more to come. One moment that everyone is invited to be a part of. One moment that couldn’t have happened without you.
June 3, 2022: Presidential Conversation. African Heads of State, international healthcare leaders, and Mercy Ships representatives will meet to discuss equitable access to surgical, obstetric, and anesthetic care in Africa. This conversation will culminate with the signing of the Dakar Declaration, a commitment by the nations of Africa to work together to improve access to healthcare across their continent by 2030.
“We have eight years to make surgical healthcare in Africa better than before,” said Dr M’Pelé. “Let’s make this vision happen.”
Follow updates from Mercy Ships for ways to get involved, where you can watch live streams of key events, and how you can follow the results of this historic gathering. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!