Mercy Ships is an international humanitarian organization that uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services and medical capacity building in the world's poorest nations. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in over 70 countries, providing $1.53 billion in services to more than 2.71 million direct beneficiaries. Every year over 1000 volunteers from up to 40 nations volunteer onboard the Africa Mercy, the world's largest civilian hospital ship.

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🌎 Today is World Ocean Day! Oceans have a major role in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, a major source of food and medicine, a critical part of the biosphere, and a vital part of the work we do.⁣
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Oceans are also necessary for our hospital ships to reach people in need. Over 50% of the global population lives within 100 km of the coast, making ships one of the best ways to reach populations little or no access to healthcare.⁣
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On World Ocean Day, we want to acknowledge the role our oceans play in helping us deliver hope and healing to those in need. We also stand by conservation action to grow the global movement to protect our oceans. ⁣
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Our newest ship, the #GlobalMercy, has passed sea trials and is one step closer to arriving in Africa, where patients will walk up the gangway to receive life-changing surgery onboard. Learn more about how you can set sail with us! 👉 [LINK IN BIO]⁣
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#WorldOceanDay #Protect30x30 #OceanClimateAction #NonProfit #Maritime #MercyShips #UN #ocean #oceanlife #oceans #setsail #adventureawaits #volunteer
Look at her go! During our recent sea trials, the Global Mercy was put to the test for all kinds of capabilities, including maneuvers and turns. She passed her final test with flying colors, which means the ship is ready to sail! Do you want to be a part of sharing hope and transforming lives during her first field service? Visit our website to find your place onboard! [LINK IN BIO]⁣
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#HospitalShip #SeaTrials #MercyShips #GlobalMercy #volunteer #setsail #hope #transformlives
Your impact doesn't stop when our hospital ships depart!⁣
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Our Medical Capacity Building Program works to ensure we leave a lasting, sustainable impact in every country we serve.⁣
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Leaving a lasting impact is about more than just teaching healthcare professionals new skills. For us, it means partnering with local medical professionals to identify the specific health needs of their communities, and provide tools, resources and training to create sustainable change.⁣
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Just take a look at Dr. Faustin Atemkeng Tsatedem, an orthopaedic surgeon from Cameroon. After learning a tenotomy procedure with #MercyShips in Cameroon, Dr. Faustin joined us the following year — this time to pass on his skills to others like Dr. Richard Toupin, a Mercy Ships volunteer!⁣
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Your support makes these opportunities possible!⁣
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#GiveBack #GlobalHealth #MercyShips #thankyou #lastingimpact #gratitude #impact #sustainable #development #change #healthcare #training #medical #capacitybuilding #community #health #Africa #volunteer
🇨🇦We're taking Canadian hospitality global, with help from volunteers like Verda Law!⁣
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Verda (middle left), from Yellowknife, NWT, volunteered onboard the Africa Mercy as Hospitality Manager from October 2020 to February 2021 while the ship was in dockyard. ⁣
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Volunteers like Verda bring smiles and sunshine to to our hospital ships, and we're looking for more caring Canadians like her! Learn how can help transform lives onboard 👉 [LINK IN BIO]⁣
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#MercyShips #Welcome #Volunteer #Canadian #Canada #Canadians #AfricaMercy #hospitality #smiles #smile #Yellowknife #NWT #ProudToBeCanadian
Mercy Ships Canada partage la douleur de la Première Nation Tk'emlups te Secwépemc et d'autres personnes après la découverte des restes de 215 enfants dans l'ancien pensionnat autochtone de Kamloops. Ils ont été arrachés de leur foyer, dépouillés de leur culture et maltraités. Nous sommes solidaires envers les familles touchées par les pensionnats. Nous renouvelons notre engagement à être des instruments de #justice, de compassion et de guérison dans notre pays et à l'étranger. #Chaqueenfantcompte⁣
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Mercy Ships Canada shares the grief of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation and others after the remains of #215children were discovered at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. They were taken from their homes, stripped of their culture and abused.  We stand in solidarity with the families impacted by residential schools. We renew our commitment to being instruments of #justice, mercy and healing at home and abroad. ⁣
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#humanrights #everychildmatters #indigenousrights #indigenouschildren #firstnations #childrensrights #mercy⁣
Restoring dignity goes beyond surgery. Women afflicted by obstetric fistula are often rejected from their communities – their relationships lost, clothes soiled, and left to suffer alone.⁣
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With your help, Mercy Ships supports women suffering from obstetric fistula. In addition to free surgery, volunteers empower women through a holistic approach that fosters physical, mental and spiritual healing. Before leaving our hospital ships, healed patients are given new dresses in a special ceremony. In the dress ceremony, Clementine, our hospital chaplain, gifts each woman with a new outfit to celebrate her newfound healing and hope for the future.⁣
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Your support makes these beautiful moments of hope and healing possible.⁣
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In honour of International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, this week we have been highlighting our women's health patients, projects and programs. Learn more about how your support helps women in need 👉 [LINK IN BIO]⁣
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#WomensRightsAreHumanRights #EndFistulaNow #InternationalDayToEndObstetricFistula #GlobalSurgery #WomensHealth #MercyShips #womenhelpingwomen #hope #healing
Our volunteers often go above and beyond to make patients feel comfortable onboard our hospital ships. Here Canadian 🇨🇦 ward nurse Stephanie Verseveldt brings some fun to the wards with Assiarou, an obstetric fistula patient. After swapping roles, Assiatou got to practice her newfound nursing skills! ⁣
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Sometimes a bit of fun and laughter is exactly what our patients need on their journey of hope and healing. We are so grateful for volunteers like Stephanie, who go above and beyond to provide life-transforming care to those in need.⁣
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Do you want to help transform lives onboard our hospital ships? Learn how you can get involved 👉 [LINK IN BIO]⁣
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#HealthWorkers #GiveBack #MercyShips #Volunteer #OBF #WomensHealth #transformation #nurse #nurses #nursing #nurselife #canadiannurses #Canada #Africa #laughteristhebestmedicine #laugh
It's Africa Day! Today we want to thank our African partner nations for their hospitality, partnership, and friendship. We also want to take the opportunity to share what Africa Day is really about! ⁣
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Mercy Ships Africa Bureau Director Dr. Pierre M’Pelé, originally from the Congo, brings a unique perspective on what Africa Day means to him and why we should celebrate: ⁣
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“Today is a celebration of unity in diversity. Africa is huge: with 55 countries, more than 1.2 billion people, 1,000 different tribes, 1,000 different languages, and 1,000 different traditions. And we have to acknowledge these differences and celebrate them.”⁣
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Learn more about our work and how you can help share hope in Africa [link in bio]⁣
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#AfricaDay #TheAfricaWeWant #MercyShips #Africa #partnership #friendship #gratitude #thankyou #diversity #celebrate #globalhealth
Millions of lives are lost, and millions more injured, due to lack of qualified midwives. Midwives are especially vital in developing countries, where lack of healthcare infrastructure and resources contribute to high maternal and newborn mortality rates, as well as higher cases of obstetric fistula.⁣
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More progress is needed in sub-Saharan Africa, where fewer than 50% of births are assisted by a skilled birth attendant (@WHO).⁣
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Your support helps Mercy Ships address this problem through healthcare partnerships and training programs, like our partnership with @FreedomFromFistula in Madagascar and Sierra Leone, and our recent workshops in Liberia.⁣
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“We are thankful Mercy Ships is willing to support us. As we enter this partnership, we are all (nurses, doctors, partners) united to help out people,” said Madam Quiwonkpa, Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer for Liberia’s Ministry of Health.⁣
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In honour of #InternationalDayToEndObstetricFistula, this week we are highlighting our women's health patients, projects and programs. Learn more on our website 👉 [LINK IN BIO] ⁣
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#WomensRightsAreHumanRights  #EndFistulaNow #Africa #GlobalHealth #MercyShips #midwives #midwivesrock #midwivesmakeadifference #midwivesofinstagram #Madagascar #SierraLeone #Liberia #Canada #healthcare #partnership #development
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