Category: General

  • Cotonou Site Map 2016-2017

    The Africa Mercy is docked in Cotonou, Benin however Mercy Ships has multiple offsite locations where we see, screen and help patients. This screening center is located in Cotonou at CENTRE DON BOSCO, ZOGBO about 8 kilometers from the ship.

  • 2016 18 Jul

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    What’s so Special about a Gangway?

    What’s so Special about a Gangway?

    The gangway. Some of the most powerful moments happen on this big metal staircase – A patient takes their first steps of anticipation and hope up into our floating hospital. A recently arrived crew member carries their bag to their new home. Another group bids a sad farewell to a departing friend. Another patient descends, […]

  • 2016 21 Apr

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    What is Fistula?

    What is Fistula?

    What is Obstetric Fistula? Obstetric fistula is a devastating pregnancy-related disability that primarily affects young women from poor backgrounds. Fistula is usually the result of obstructed labour which means the baby does not exit the pelvis during childbirth due to being physically blocked. However, fistula is a preventable and mostly treatable condition. Obstructed labour combined […]

  • What is Noma?

    Noma. “happily most people in the world won’t know what that word means. That’s a credit to the health care systems across the world and the nutrition improvements that have happened in so many places. But in the remaining very, very poor countries where malnutrition is a major issue as it is here in Madagascar, […]

  • Three Important Tenets to International Development

    Happy International Development Week! Is everyone else as excited about this as I am? Probably not, but that’s okay. 🙂 I’ve known  I wanted to work in international development  since I was a teenager. It’s what I studied in university, it’s where I focused my volunteer efforts and it was what I read/thought/talked about for […]

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