Mercy Ships has visited the country five times with the Anastasis and Africa Mercy. Together with local partners, we run a number of development programmes that bring lasting improvements to the nation.
38.5% of the population lives below the poverty line of $2 a day
UN Development Index
Ranking: 166 out of 191
Doctors per million inhabitants
Fon, Yom, Yoruba, and French
Mercy Ships in Benin
Mercy Ships has visited Benin five times. In 1997, the Anastasis docked in Cotonou, followed by the Africa Mercy in 2001, 2004, 2009. The most recent field service in 2016 was originally scheduled for 2014, but was postponed due to a major Ebola outbreak in the country.
During the 10-month visits, surgeries were performed on board the ship and Mercy Ships assisted in building medical capacity.
Overview of the operations delivered by Mercy Ships in Benin in 2016
RECONSTRUCTIVE PLASTIC SURGERIES
WOMEN’S HEALTH SURGERIES
Our development programme
Mercy Ship’s medical and nursing staff train hundreds of its own doctors and nurses and organise a range of training courses. Courses are typically in safe surgery according to UN regulations, anaesthesia and advanced emergency care. A ‘Food for Life’ programme trains 30-40 of the country’s trained farmers in sustainable agriculture.
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