“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 48% of citizens in Sub-Saharan 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, millions of 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, Africa has only 25 physicians and 91 nurses for every 100,000 people. 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 inspire you to take action—as Mercy Ships volunteers have for more than 35 years.

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