Kofi Annan, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations was quoted as saying, “The biggest enemy of health in the developing world is poverty.”
With an estimated 1.2 billion people in the world living on less than one dollar a day, there is an ever-present need for increased health care services and education around the world. Poverty forces people to live in bad, illness-causing environments. It also keeps them from taking proper care of their basic health needs. There are many groups trying to combat the growing numbers of impoverished people by helping them get the basic nutrition, health care and education they need. One of these incredible organizations is Mercy Ships.
Mercy Ships was started in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens as an international charity with the primary mission of bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor around the world. The organization operates hospital ships in developing nations where volunteers provide medical care and health education to those that need it most. Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $834 million. It is estimated that they have helped more than 2.9 million people directly.
Throughout the past 33 years, Mercy Ships has thrived thanks to the generous monetary donations of many large corporations. They are staffed by medical volunteers – surgeons, dentists, nurses, teachers, cooks, engineers – who donate two weeks to two years of their time to helping others. But not all support comes in the form of money or time.
This September, COAST Products was happy to donate several LED light products to Mercy Ships to help their volunteers overseas. The Mercy Ship staff and volunteers perform many important functions that benefit from sturdy and versatile lights. Mercy Ship received Coast’s HL7 LED headlamps, G10 LED flashlights, A5 LED flashlights, and PX50 LED flashlights.
COAST Products has been excited to hear back from Mercy Ships on how the LED flashlights and headlamps have helped them provide care and support over the past month. The lights have been used on the hospital ship, Africa Mercy, while it has been in Sierra Leone.
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing with our COAST customers and readers the stories we have received from Mercy Ships on how things are going with their new lights. We hope you enjoy reading about all these great and useful applications for these LED lights.