Benin is one of the least developed countries as ranked by the United Nations Human Development Index, with a life expectancy of only 59 years. Mercy Ships last visited Benin in 2009.
During the Africa Mercy’s 10-month stay in the port of Cotonou, Republic of Benin, Mercy Ships plans to provide over 1,700 life-changing surgeries for adult and child patients onboard, to treat over 8,000 at a land-based dental clinic, and provide holistic healthcare training to Beninese health care professionals.
Mercy Ships Medical Capacity Building Programs foster transformational development within the healthcare structure of the host nation. These projects have been specifically developed to impart knowledge and skills, while modeling and encouraging compassion and a professional work ethic. These projects incorporate one-on-one mentoring opportunities, internationally recognized courses for groups, and structured observation in the Africa Mercy hospital.
We are honoured to again be able to come alongside the Republic of Benin and their government’s effort to strengthen their healthcare infrastructure through the training and capacity building Mercy Ships offers, free of charge.