The Numbers

People are much more important than numbers!

That being said, sometimes we get discouraged by the enormity of the problems we see. It’s good to reflect on what’s been accomplished, what God has done through our time here. Here are some of the statistics on what’s happened since the Africa Mercy docked in Benin (as of April 22, 2017).

1,771 Surgeries

  • 437 head and neck surgeries
  • 78 orthopedic surgeries (bowed and other leg deformities)
  • 182 reconstructive surgeries (usually for burn victims)
  • 322 general surgeries
  • 676 eye surgeries
  • 52 women’s health surgeries
  • 24 ambulatory surgeries

1,540 Medical Capacity Building Course Participants

  • 689 WHO Surgical safety checklist training participants
  • 134 Safe anesthesia course participants
  • 74 Primary trauma care course participants
  • 83 Essential pain management course participants
  • 100 Sterile processing course participants
  • 150 Neonatal resuscitation course participants
  • 131 Mental health course participants
  • 47 Glaucoma course participants
  • 49 Nutritional agriculture course participants
  • 83 Other medical course participants

89 Medical Mentoring Participants

  • 10 anesthesia providers
  • 8 surgeons
  • 7 Ponseti method providers (for clubfeet)
  • 20 maxiofacial surgery team members
  • 8 pediatricians
  • 8 opthalmic care providers
  • 13 women’s health care providers
  • 15 other health care providers

2 Medical Facilities Renovated

  • Dental facility
  • Outpatient facility

Direct Medical Services

  • 13,202 dental care (tooth decay and infections)
  • 214 dentures provided
  • 363 Palliative care visits
  • 315 Clubfoot corrections

Hospital Chaplaincy Visits

  • 1,380 One-on-one sessions
  • 146 HIV counseling sessions

Additionally, our medical screening team has seen 11,091 patients and Mercy Ministries has reached 5,640 people at local prisons, orphanages and other locations.

Do you see something that surprises you? Or are you wondering about some aspect of what Mercy Ships does? Send us an email or reply to this post! If you want to see some of the stories behind the numbers check-out www.mercyships.org/stories.