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Benin's President Boni Welcomes Mercy Ship
Date:3/3/2009

Highlights Millennium Challenge Initiative and Access to Health Care for the Poor

Cotonou, Benin (Vocus) March 3, 2009 -- During the Mercy Ship's first week of surgeries in their nation, the President of Benin, Dr. Thomas Yayi Boni, and several cabinet ministers visited the Africa Mercy to express hope for increasing access to health care for the poor in his nation.

President Boni emphasized the contribution Mercy Ships is making to his government's effort in providing better access to health care. He spoke briefly about the 'Millennium Challenge,' a government initiative that seeks to provide improved access and infrastructure to the people of Benin.

"Our ambition is to bring health to everyone here (in Benin). That is why we are so grateful you have come. Everything you are doing enters perfectly into what we would like for Benin," explained President Boni in his address to the crew onboard.

In his speech, the President quoted from Psalm 41: 'Blessed is he that considers the poor.' He mentioned his gratitude for the determination Mercy Ships showed in reaching out through additional screenings held in the North of Benin shortly after the ship docked. Screenings last week near the port of Cotonou were attended by more than 5,000 people seeking help.

The volunteer crew is projected to impact more than 53,000 lives by providing free medical care, training, and capacity building programs during its 10-month field service in Benin, according to Mercy Ships CEO Sam Smith.

In February 2006, the

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