“There’s a tsunami of deaths in West Africa every day. People live in fear, hopelessness and desperation.”
– Don Stephens, President & Founder of Mercy Ships

Young African children stand together waiting

Little income. Little hope.

Up to 80% of citizens in West African nations like Togo and Guinea live on less than $1.50 per day. Healthcare is simply not an option, either because it does not exist or it is completely unaffordable. So every year, 6 million vulnerable children die from preventable diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia.

An enormous challenge

The need is tremendous, and helping those who are suffering without care is a huge undertaking. Currently, Mercy Ships has only 23 physicians and 100 nurses for every 100,000 people in West Africa. But don’t let the statistics numb you. Because behind every number there is a name, a face, and a story. They will break your heart, but they will spur you to take action—as Mercy Ships volunteers have for more than 35 years.

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