Learn more about Mercy Ships’ agricultural program, Food for Life, and how traditional African techniques of burning the land are replaced with more effective techniques that yield up to 20 times better results, benefitting the local farmers and leaving a lasting effect on their communities.
The birth of a child should be joyful. But for many women in developing nations, it's the beginning of a downward spiral into pain, loneliness and poverty. For those without access to routine medical or surgical care during and after delivery, chronic medical issues such as incontinence can lead to spousal abandonment and community ostracism. These medical problems -- vesicovaginal fistulas and rectovaginal fistulas -- are relatively unknown in western countries where cesarean sections are widely available. They occur during prolonged or difficult labors, and they can have devastating physical, emotional and spiritual consequences.
Mercy Ships doctors, nurses and other caring volunteers provide a holistic approach to treatment. In addition to medical treatment, we shower them with love, acceptance and head-to-toe healing.