Almok and Erythier joins an African initiative tagged as “Africa Thanks Mercy Ships”, as they become the latest stars on the African continent to add their voices to the project.
This initiative is the heartfelt call from the African artists who express their gratitude of the thousands African patients whose lives have been transformed by Mercy Ships surgeons and nurses.
The Africa Thanks Mercy Ships project was launched in Cotonou,Benin on 14th October 2020 by the Teriba,the Gangbe brass band, Zeynab, Nikanor, Faty and the Pépit’Art.The occasion was also LIVE with an exceptional sensitivity of over 300,000 views on social media.
Almok and Erythier who hail from Lomé in Togo commit themselves to produce a video clip inspired by “We are the World” in the pure African tradition.
The Africa Thanks Mercy Ships initiative is part of the celebration of the 30 years (1990-2020) anniversary of Mercy Ships in Africa.
African musicians will participate in this event in Senegal, the country of “Teranga” in 2021. Among the highlights of this celebration is the christening of Mercy Ships’ second hospital ship, the “Global Mercy”.
The “Global Mercy” will join “Africa Mercy” in service which has been in Africa since 2007.
With two ships,Mercy Ships will double its capacities and its impact in bringing more hope, more healing, and transforming more lives.
Mercy Ships is serving Africa for 30 years.Since 1990, the international humanitarian non-governmental organization “Mercy Ships” has conducted more than thirty (30) humanitarian missions in fourteen (14) African countries (South Africa, Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo) to provide free surgery, to renovate and equip health infrastructures and to build medical capacities of health workforce.
Founded in Switzerland in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has performed more than 105,000 surgeries in Africa, treated more than 186,500 dental patients, trained more than 49,000 health professionals and implemented more than 1,000 community projects.
Mercy Ships began its humanitarian missions on December 5, 1990 in Lomé, Togo and with the health sector entering a partnership deal to upriver on the health conditions in the country.
In Togo,they have undertaken four humanitarian missions (November 1995, February 2003, February 2010 and January 2012) and have successively contributed to transform the lives of brought hope and healing to thousands of patients of the Republic of Togo people.
During it last mission to Togo in 2012, Mercy Ships provided more than 1,500 free surgeries, nearly 10,000 dental treatments and various medical and palliative care to many patients. A medical capacity building program involved hundreds of medical professionals. Health facilities were renovated and equipped, such as the Be Kpota Anfamé Health Center.
In 2020, Mercy Ships supported Togo’s efforts in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in providing more than 80,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and infrared thermometers to health workers in the COVID-19 treatment centers and in the operating rooms for safe surgery.
The President of the Republic of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, in recognition of Mercy Ships missions conducted in Togo, said on September 25, 2019 during the event “Within our Reach” organized by Mercy Ships and Afro-Champions in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly: “I am convinced that without Mercy Ships, many sick people would not be cured….. that mean a lot for me and for the nation, actions of Mercy Ships are to bring hope to those who have lost it….. ».
Mercy Ships and Togo have built a unique partnership for health systems strengthening and will be looking to expand to other countries.
By: Kevin Soncy