The humanitarian organisation Mercy Ships is on a mission in the Republic of Cameroon for the very first time. Its hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, docked in the port city of Douala in mid-August. On-board surgical operations began on Monday, 4 September.
The 400 volunteers who work on board are preparing to provide surgical care to many children and adults in this country!
Mercy Ships plans on performing over 3,000 operations and providing dental care for at least 8,000 patients.
Women are still too often victims of gender discrimination.
Discrimination begins in the womb: many women – influenced by the culture and rituals of their country and subjected to strong pressure from their husbands – have an abortion when they know they are pregnant with a girl. If the pregnancy is carried to term, some baby girls will be killed at birth by their parents, who consider the birth of a girl to be a significant barrier to their economic advancement (infanticide is much less widespread than foeticide).
More worryingly, wealth and economic development do not reduce the preference for a male child. […]