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Ministry of Health and Mercy Ships Extend Stay of Hospital Ship in Sierra Leone

The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the renowned international charity Mercy Ships, proudly announces the extension of the Global Mercy’s stay in Sierra Leone.

This affirms the commitment to addressing the surgical needs of the Sierra Leonean people and advancing healthcare education in the region.

Since its arrival in Freetown in August 2023, the Global Mercy™ – Mercy Ships’ largest and newest hospital ship – has been delivering essential surgical services in alignment with Sierra Leone’s strategic healthcare plan. Responding to President Julius Maada Bio’s invitation, the ship’s presence underscores a dedication to enhancing healthcare infrastructure and accessibility in the nation.

Scheduled for a short annual maintenance stint in Tenerife this June, the Global Mercy will resume its operations in Sierra Leone in August. The continuation of its mission will offer free surgeries across various specialties, including maxillofacial, general, pediatrics, orthopedic, reconstructive plastic, and ophthalmic procedures.

Patient registration, facilitated by Mercy Ships in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will be conducted on designated dates and locations, to be announced in June. Registration remains free of charge, ensuring equitable access to surgical care for all.

Over the years, Mercy Ships has performed over 10,200 surgical procedures during its field services in Sierra Leone since 1992, underscoring its enduring commitment to the nation’s healthcare needs.

The news has been celebrated by the government and the people of Sierra Leone. In a country where there are only 25 surgeons for a population of 8 million people, there is a need to prioritize health issues.

For more information and updates on Mercy Ships’ programs in Sierra Leone, visit

For more information contact:

Sierra Leone Ministry of Health:
Abdul S. Brima +232 78 56 43 43
James T. Kallay +232 31 24 75 11

Mercy Ships:
Sophie Barnett – Mercy Ships International PR Manager

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