The largest floating hospital in the world
When you look at a great big ship in the ocean, you’d never imagine that it could be a giant floating hospital. And yet this is what Mercy Ships are – and one will be coming to Liberia soon!
Liberia, on the west coast of Africa, has very few doctors, surgeons and hospitals due to years of civil war and an epidemic, which had an awful effect on Liberia’s people. Many hospitals don’t have a reliable water and electricity supply, and often run out of important medicines.
The best place for specialist surgery – if you need it – can be found in Monrovia, the capital city. Unfortunately, travelling there becomes difficult, and at times impossible, during the April to November rainy season, when the roads are become muddy, bumpy and .
Last year, a team from Mercy Ships was flown by MAF to the JJ Dossen Hospital in Harper, so they could understand the area’s needs before sending the ship to help. The hospital has 110 beds but serves an area containing more than 100,000 people – that’s not a lot of beds to go around!
The Africa Mercy ship is the largest charity-run floating hospital in the world. It has 5 operating theatres, a recovery area, an intensive care unit and 80 beds – all run by a 400-strong crew of volunteers.
Mercy Ships, with support from MAF flights, offer all their services for free; making a big difference to the people of Liberia.