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Mercy Ship Arrives in Benin
Date:2/12/2009

ded cataract surgeries for more than 1,000 patients. This year, up to 3,000 cataract surgeries will be provided. Teams will set up community clinics in Godomey, Ghanhi, Porto-Novo, and Akpakpa, and aim to evaluate and treat 20,000 people for basic eye diseases.

Within the ship's six state-of-the-art operating theatres, other plans are to offer free services, including more than 200 orthopaedic surgeries, nearly 2,000 reconstructive and tumor surgeries, and 140 procedures to correct obstetric fistulas in women. Health education and training will also be provided. The Africa Mercy has six operating theatres, a CAT scanner, ICU, and a 78-bed hospital. Crew members volunteer their time and pay their own way to serve onboard.

Since 1978, volunteers serving with Mercy Ships have had an impact on the lives of millions of people in the world's poorest nations. Following the example of Jesus, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the poor, mobilizing people and resources worldwide.

For further information, contact:
Pauline Rick
U.S. Public Relations Manager
Mercy Ships
903-939-7649
www.mercyships.org

Hi-res photos and general Mercy Ships broadcast footage clips are available for download with registration at www.mercyshipsnews.org or upon request.

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