For nearly 40 years, Mercy Ships has brought hope and healing by providing free surgeries and medical care to thousands of people in countries where healthcare is scarce. But the need for safe and qualitative surgery is still staggering.
According to a study by Lancet in 2018, patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation than the global average, despite generally being younger, healthier, and the surgery they are undergoing being minor.
In addition, millions of people experience chronic pain, financial catastrophe and social stigma because of injuries, ailments, and disfigurements that surgery could quickly fix.
The use of medical imaging, such as X-ray radiography, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT), is considered essential to diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries carefully.