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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06.04.2021

Sharing Hope Together on World Health Day

On April 7, people around the world celebrate World Health
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30.03.2021

Providing Medical Capacity Building Programs Through a Different Lens: Adapting to eLearning

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If the light in the lab office was not fixed, the lab technicians would not be able to do any tests. If the washers and dryers aren't maintained and stopped working, ship hygiene would become an issue."Whilst being an electrician might not feel like it has a direct impact on a patient’s life, I know it serves a bigger purpose to keep the ship functioning in the way it does,” - Corey Bates, former #AfricaMercy volunteer electrician.Are you an electrician who feels drawn to help transform lives? Find your place onboard 👉 [LINK IN BIO] or DM us for more info!#electrician #MercyShips#AfricaMercy #GlobalMercy #volunteer #electrical #electricianlife #electricalwork #electricalengineering #nonprofit #jobs #transformlives #setsail #onboard #Canada #Africa
Happy Easter! Today, join us in celebrating the joy of fulfilled hope. For us, there's no better picture of celebration than our patients returning to their communities: healed, whole, and ready for a new beginning. May the spirit of #Easter bring you as much joy and renewal as your support brings our patients.#HappyEaster #Easter #MercyShips #hope #joy #celebration #celebrate #rejoice #thankyou #gratitude #nonprofit #NewBeginnings #NewBeginning #healing #thankful
Joyeuses Pâques ! Aujourd'hui, rejoignez-nous pour célébrer la joie d'un espoir comblé. Pour nous, il n'y a pas de meilleure image de célébration que celle de nos patients retournant dans leurs communautés : guéris, entiers et prêts pour un nouveau départ. Que l'esprit de #pâques vous apporte autant de joie et de renouveau que votre soutien apporte à nos patients.https://mercyships.ca/fr
Each year, Good Friday marks a day of hope — a hope that is realized just a few days later on Easter. It's the kind of powerful hope that we see lived out time and again on our hospital ships, as patients experience life-changing healing. This Good Friday, we rejoice in the hope and new beginnings partners like you make possible.#HappyEaster #Easter #MercyShips #hope #healing #renewal #thankyou #gratitude #nonprofit #NewBeginnings #NewBeginning #healing #thankful
For those in Africa,  the #NewNormal during Covid-19 looks very different than the rest of the world.  The infrastructure and foundations aren't always in place to transition to virtual learning seamlessly.  In some areas, continuity of education is just not a possibility during this time.This is why Mercy Ships Medical Capacity Building (MCB) programs are more vital than ever — providing virtual training to the next generation of healthcare workers across Africa.  For one, our mental health courses are well appreciated as participants learn to effectively care for the mental wellbeing of their frontline workers.And it doesn't stop here.  With your support, we look forward to providing more virtual learning and mentorship throughout 2021 and beyond!Learn more about Mercy Ships e-Learning medical training programs 👉 [LINK IN BIO].#MercyShips #LastingImpact #Education #eLearning #medical #training #CapacityBuilding #2020 #COVID19 #gratitude #thankyou #impact #healthcare #development #Africa #mentalhealth
Are you an engineer looking for a workplace like none other?  How about a floating hospital ship?  Use your skills and experience to leave a lasting impact, and get ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime!We're looking for engineers to join our crew! Find your place onboard 👉 [LINK IN BIO] and DM us with any questions.#MercyShips #volunteer #maritime #mariner #engineer #engineering #opportunity #shiplife #setsail #jobs #Canada #Africa
Did you know that the WORLD'S LARGEST civilian hospital ship will soon be added to the #MercyShips fleet?With your help, the #GlobalMercy will more than double our capacity to transform lives.  Currently undergoing sea trials, the Global Mercy will sail to Europe for final finishing touches and then onto her first field service in Africa.Do you want to join this incredible journey? Learn how you can serve onboard 👉 [LINK IN BIO].#GlobalMercy #MercyShips #partnership #nonprofit #goodnews #volunteer #maritime #ship #prayer #partner #setsail #adventure #adventureawaits #travel #instatravel #Canada #Africa
Over the past year, Mercy Ships has been committed to partnering with nations in Africa to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic through PPE donations.Countries like Senegal, our most recent host nation, have been successful in their response to keeping its population safe. Senegal has even ranked highly on the COVID-19 Global Response Index. After recently receiving a batch of vaccines, Senegal — along with several other African countries — will be able to continue strengthening its healthcare systems and protecting its people. It's an honour to stand beside nations in Africa during this time!Visit our website [LINK IN BIO] to learn more about how Mercy Ships partners have made an impact throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.#MercyShips #COVID19 #PPE #impact #Senegal #Africa #Canada #nonprofit #GlobalHealth #GlobalSurgery #health #healthcare #quality #development #pandemic #partnership #transformlives
When you serve onboard a Mercy Ship, not only are you in charge of the safety of crew from all over the world, but you also help keep the ship operational for the thousands of patients we treat. It's an adventure with a purpose, and we need you! Visit our website [LINK IN BIO] to learn more about joining our maritime crew!#MercyShips #Volunteer #Maritime #mariner #serve #onboard #shiplife #adventure #adventureawaits #Canada #Africa #travel #bestjobs
In sub-Saharan Africa, there is only one doctor for every 100,000 people, leaving people who have devastating medical conditions without the healthcare they desperately need. Mercy Ships provides access to free, safe surgery and training, utilizing state-of-the-art hospital ships made up entirely of volunteers from over 50 countries. Learn how you can take part by visiting mercyships.ca [LINK IN BIO].#MercyShips #Africa #volunteer #transformlives #globalsurgery #healthcare #equality #medical #safesurgery #hospitalship #GlobaMercy #AfricaMercy #video #instavideo #nonprofit #Africa #Canada

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