I wanted to share with you some of the patients I have had the pleasure of treating. For some these surgeries have not just changed their lives, it has saved their lives. This is their journey. About three months before the Africa Mercy arrives at a new destination, our advanced team is already on the… Continue reading Following some patient journeys
In Benin the main form of transportation is catching a Zémidjan (motorbike taxi) or riding your own motorbike. We recently learnt (after catching many zemis!) that you do not need a licence to ride a motorbike in Benin! Helmets have recently been made a legal requirement, but are not strictly enforced. The old law said… Continue reading The adventures of a zémi
I spent the other weekend exploring two towns in Benin – Ouidah and Ganvié. Ouidah, a town which is full of history on slavery, was inhabited by the French, Portuguese, English and Dutch all whom were capitalising on the slavery trade. They each had a fort in Ouidah where they kept their slaves in terrible… Continue reading Ouidah and Ganvié
On Sunday I got to attend the very moving ‘dress ceremony’. These women are truly inspiring. I wish my family and friends could experience these moments with me to see how life changing the Africa Mercy is. This ceremony is held for women who have had a vaginal fistula repaired and are able to go… Continue reading The dress ceremony
Pharmacy life on board the Africa Mercy is just a liiiiitle bit different to what I do at home! How does each day start? By singing, playing music and dancing with the patients of course! You are greeted by everyone with ‘Bonsoir! Ça va?’ every time you walk down the hall, and frequently find a… Continue reading Pharmacist life
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