Meet Salamatou and Mariama

There is no question that the views from Mount Manengouba in Cameroon are beautiful. However, for sisters Salamatou and Mariama, those sights were the only ones they had ever seen. Both suffering with crippling deformities, they had never left the village where they were born.

Journey to recovery

Because the girls did not have access to proper nutrition growing up, Salamatou and Mariama developed a condition known as windswept legs. The bones in their legs grew crooked and twisted.

The malformation made it difficult for them to walk, or even attend school.

“I was worried about their future,” recalled Mymoona, … Continue reading

Making Serah whole

My name is Sandrine and I live in Madagascar. My baby daughter Serah was born with a common birth defect know as clubfeet. At the time, I thought she was going to be disabled for life, and face rejection by many who would cross her path. I knew I could never afford to pay for a surgery to fix her legs. I wrapped her legs in a cloth and did not look at them again for 3 days.

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A life saving app

Searching for patients in remote areas of developing nations, thousands of kilometres from where a Mercy Ships docks, has always been a priority, but also a logistical nightmare. So, when it became clear that the government in Cameroon was committed to making it as effective as possible, one of the team members said “we’ve got an app for that”!

For several years, the crew of the Africa Mercy has been working on an app to capture patient data (including photographs) in remote areas of the country that can then be used by surgeons back on the ship, to evaluate which … Continue reading

Alleviating a young mothers suffering

Hello, my name is Mariamou, I am from Cameroon, and I am now 27 years old. When I was 20 my baby died in childbirth, because I had no doctor or midwife to help. After being in labour for several days I was also left incontinent. Three months later my husband also died.

I used to love being around people but then many people were cruel to me and said, “Go away. You smell bad”. I was a social outcast and I thought I would live the rest of my life sad and alone. For seven long years I … Continue reading