W&H supports the Mercy Ships organization

Mercy Ships provide transformational health care, relief aid, community development and sustainable change in developing nations to meet the immediate needs as well as the long-term needs of the poor. The organization's aid is currently focused on the countries along the coast of West Africa.

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The objective of Mercy Ships is to provide fast, practical and free aid to people in the world's poorest countries through health programs and life-changing surgical interventions. With ships, such as the world's largest private hospital ship - the Africa Mercy - the organization brings voluntary medical professionals from around the world to developing countries. The stay in each site of operation is usually a period of ten months. The Africa Mercy was docked in Cotonou, Benin, from August 2016 to early June 2017.

How Mercy Ships help

Mercy Ships provides on-the-spot care with free operations and medical treatments, for example oral and maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and palliative care. In the Africa Mercy ship alone, there are five operating theatres and 82 beds available for various treatments. The ship is designed for an annual capacity up to 7,000 operations. Dental treatment also plays an important role. Just taking the ship's last visit to Benin into account about 16,000 people have been provided with dental treatment.

W&H is becoming involved

The Mercy Ships organization is currently having a new ship built to help strengthen its presence in developing countries. W&H welcomes this step and is supporting it. While our partner A-dec is providing dental treatment units, W&H is supplying the new ship with a range of handpieces and devices, including Alegra contra-angle and turbine handpieces, Roto Quick couplings and air motors and Assistina 301 plus. W&H has donated these products to actively support Mercy Ships' health program and to enable people in need to access considerate dental treatment.

Photos: Mercy Ships Germany e.V.