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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Celebrating Senegal

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Africa Mercy departed Dakar ten weeks ahead of schedule in
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Day Crew in Senegal Take Action Together to Battle COVID-19

In each field service Mercy Ships hires local day crew to work on the Africa Mercy and in every
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Instagram post 2317711031550834405_331223777 Over the last ten years, the Silva family has had the unique opportunity of raising their family onboard the #AfricaMercy. As Tatyana's husband, Rodrigo, is a maritime professional, she has been a full-time mother for the majority of this period and has the privilege of sharing this season of adventure with her children. "Right now, I'm enjoying seeing them grow. I feel like I am helping raise good people into the world."
Instagram post 2316981221925384599_331223777 Although uncertainty surrounds us due to COVID-19, Mercy Ships remains committed to our mission to serve Africa and that #together, we can bring hope and healing.Are you an organized person that wants to serve and support others? As an Assistant Purser, you can help manage important documentation for our ship and crew, and grow as a professional along the way. #Volunteer with us, and let’s make a difference together. #MercyShips
Instagram post 2316251404135571612_331223777 Stuart and Frances Clear (UK), and their two boys Joseph and James have lived and served onboard the #AfricaMercy for almost four years now! Frances, whose role onboard includes wife, mother, and outpatient nurse, says: “I’ve really enjoyed my children being able to interact with other crew members onboard. They have so many aunts, uncles and grandparents here, and that is beautiful. It is wonderful to be part of a community where your kids are loved well.” #shiplife #volunteer #nurselife #familytime #community
Instagram post 2315554309571102211_331223777 Leaving our host country is usually a mixture of sorrow and gratitude, and this time, leaving Senegal was no exception. Even though we had to pull up our anchor two months early, we hope to return to this beautiful country soon!
Instagram post 2315541726063574424_331223777 Today is #InternationalDaytoEndObstetricFistula. The birth of a child should be joyful, but for those without access to routine medical or surgical care during and after delivery, chronic medical issues such as obstetric fistulas can lead to spousal abandonment and community ostracism. These medical problems are relatively unknown in western countries where cesarean sections are widely available. They occur during prolonged or difficult labours, and they can have devastating physical, emotional and spiritual consequences.Mercy Ships doctors, nurses and other caring volunteers provide a holistic approach to treatment through our Women's Health Program. In addition to medical treatment, we shower them with love, acceptance and head-to-toe healing.#MercyShips #WomensHealth #women #womensupportingwomen #hope #healing #love #newbeginnings
Instagram post 2314061996616413889_331223777 The best days are when we get to send patients like Malick home fully healed.
When Malick first arrived at the #AfricaMercy, he walked up the gangway on a pair of bowed legs. After orthopaedic surgery and several months of rehabilitation, he came down that same gangway. But this time—on straight legs!
#celebrate #homecoming #ortho #surgery #hope #healing #mercyships
Instagram post 2311177972575315087_331223777 Mercy Ships partner and friend Dr. Odry Agbessi has been committed to raising awareness for preventative measures against COVID-19  among the Beninese population through her NGO, VIA-ME. This has included teaching the importance of stopping the spread, distributing personal protective equipment, and demonstrating proper hygienic procedures. Thank you, Dr. Odry, and all those doing their part in flattening the curve!
Instagram post 2310455696408242387_331223777 Canadian Stephanie Verseveldt recently returned home from serving onboard the #AfricaMercy in Senegal and now, after receiving specific training for patients with COVID-19, is already on her way to the frontlines in B.C.! “It is a little scary and unknown, but I am excited at the same time for a new challenge and I know God is walking along side me the whole way.” Thank you, Stephanie! We’re behind you. #Canadian #volunteers #canadahelps #hope #healing #COVID19

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