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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New Mercy Ship, the Global Mercy™, Ready to Sail Around the Globe

We are very excited to announce that our newest ship, the Global Mercy™,
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It's time to celebrate! With the successful completion of deep water sea trials behind us, the #GlobalMercy is ready to set sail and we are in the final steps in the countdown toward our hospital ship's delivery and launch into service. ⁣
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NOW WE NEED YOU to help us transform lives onboard! ⁣
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This #NationalNursesWeek, we are honouring all the nurses who are helping transform lives both in Canada and around the world – and looking forward to seeing volunteers from across the globe join together once the Global Mercy arrives in Africa.⁣
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#NationalNursesWeek #GlobalMercy #MercyShips #volunteer #transformlives #hospitalship #canada #canadian #nurses #nurse #nurselife #celebrate
Sea trials are successfully behind us, but the journey is only beginning. We can’t wait to see the lives that will be transformed on our new ship, which will function as both a floating hospital AND a floating training centre! Stay tuned as we prepare to bring the Global Mercy to Europe for her finishing touches, before the ship embarks on her inaugural field service.⁣
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#MercyShips #Volunteer #HospitalShip #GlobalMercy #Africa #SetSail #adventureawaits #healthcare #training #development #aid #nonprofit
Canadians Irik and Cathy Mallie have served with Mercy Ships in FIVE field services since 2009. When Irik was asked in 2016 to be the Chief Engineer onboard our new ship, the Global Mercy, he was proud to accept – and even retired early to answer the call.⁣
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Now that the Global Mercy has passed sea trials, Irik is helping the vessel prepare for its inaugural field service in Liberia. Cathy, a nurse, will also serve as the first Palliative Care Team Leader onboard.⁣
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"We are looking forward to having this ship coming into operation. However, we are going to need many extra volunteers – especially in the Deck and Engineering departments. So, if you feel the call to serve, do not hesitate and apply. Your reward is great", says Irik.⁣
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Are you inspired by Irik and Cathy? Learn more about how you can join them onboard the world's largest civilian hospital ship 👉 [LINK IN BIO]⁣
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#GlobalMercy #MercyShips #NationalNursesWeek #Volunteer #TransformLives #SetSail #SeaTrials #HospitalShip #Canada #Canadians #nurse #nurselife #engineer #engineering #volunteers #serve #transformlives #joinus #nonprofit #onboard ⁣
Before you know it, the Global Mercy will be sharing hope and transforming lives in Africa! It's been a long journey, and before we can bring her home, she had to pass a major milestone: deep water sea trials. Watch this next episode of our sea trials series, as the ship takes on speed tests, ship maneuverability and more!⁣
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#MercyShips #Volunteer #SeaTrials #GlobalMercy #HospitalShip #Africa #journey #transformation #video #instavideo #journey #adventureawaits
We are thrilled to announce that our newest ship, the Global Mercy, is officially seaworthy after passing a final set of sea trials! This marks a major milestone for Mercy Ships, and signals the approaching end of a long construction process. Passing sea trials means all systems are a go and our vessel is officially able to sail for an extended period of time. In other words: the Global Mercy is ready to sail around the globe!⁣
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#MercyShips #SeaWorthy #HospitalShip #GlobalMercy #sail #setsail #adventureawaits #volunteer #joinus #transformlives #exciting #news
We are thrilled to announce that our newest ship, the Global Mercy, has passed sea trials! ⁣
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Do you know what it takes to get the world's largest civilian hospital ship out on the open water? Take a peek behind the scenes in Part 1 of our Global Mercy Sea Trials video series, as our new vessel becomes officially seaworthy.⁣
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#GlobalMercy #Volunteer #MercyShips #HopeandHealing #setsail #onboard #HospitalShip #exciting #bignews #seatrials #video #nstavideo
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Today we are celebrating all the amazing moms in our global community – from patients, to caregivers, to volunteers and supporters, each of you are special, loved and so very important!⁣
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Bonne fête des mères à toutes les mamans ! Aujourd'hui, nous célébrons toutes les mères extraordinaires de notre communauté mondiale - des patientes aux soignantes, en passant par les bénévoles et les supportrices, chacune d'entre vous est spéciale, aimée et tellement importante ! ❤️⁣
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#MothersDay #HappyMothersDay #ThankYou #MercyShips #mom #momlife #momsofinstagram #mommyandme #mother #mothersdaygift #motherhood #motherlove
The smiles this patient is sharing with her mother onboard the Africa Mercy has us looking forward to Mothers Day! It's an honour to see such joy and hope in the faces of our patients and their families. THANK YOU for making moments like this possible!⁣
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#MothersDay #MothersDay2021 #MercyShips #smile #thatsmile #thankyou #gratitude #hope #healing #love #motherslove #thatsmile #cutekids #cute #cuteness #happiness #motheranddaughter #thankyou #globalsurgery #safesurgery
Dr. Patricia Eyoup Sen had her first surgical experience while onboard the Africa Mercy in 2017, as part of the Mercy Ships ophthalmic mentoring program. During her three months of training, Dr. Patricia participated in over 300 surgeries, gaining valuable experience she hoped to use in her home country of Cameroon.⁣
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After leaving the ship, Dr. Patricia went on to revive an under-resourced eye clinic in northern Cameroon, and today – just four years later – she is a leading ophthalmic surgeon in the country.⁣
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“The lasting impact of Mercy Ships goes far beyond me. All the doctors and nurses that have been trained can go on to help the whole country," Dr. Patricia explains.⁣
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When Mercy Ships volunteers work in host nations, they don't just perform free surgeries - they also run training and capacity building programs that empower local professionals like Dr. Patricia to build the healthcare infrastructure of their communities.⁣
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Learn more about our latest #HeroOfHealthcare, Dr. Patricia Eyoup Sen, and the impact of Mercy Ships medical capacity building programs on our website 👉 [LINK IN BIO] ⁣
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Laughter is such good medicine! We are so grateful for the joy Mercy Ships partners bring our patients - like this moment onboard the Africa Mercy, where an ortho patient sees a video of herself for the first time! This World Laughter Day, we hope your day is filled with just as much joy and laughter. 😆❤️⁣
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#WorldLaughterDay #MercyShips #Laugh #Laughter #joy #AfricaMercy #thatsmile #smile #hope #healing #nonprofit

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