Mercy Ships And The Peace Corps Help Babies Breathe

Every year, an estimated one million newborns die because they are unable to breathe. A large proportion of these deaths could have been prevented. Those sobering facts from the World Health Organization are the motivation for the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) course, an innovative initiative developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with […]

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Sahondra: A Long-Term Investment

Sahondra peeked outside the warehouse doors at the Africa Mercy. The world’s largest, non-profit hospital ship sat quietly on the dock. She marveled at the gentle giant and what it represents: hope and healing. The ship reminded Sahondra of another hospital ship, the Anastasis – a ship that brought her healing in 1996. Mercy Ships […]

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Good Nutrition Equals Good Health: World Food Day 2015

Today we celebrate World Food Day! Below is an update from the field, and an example of the work being done in Madagascar by the Mercy Ships Agricultural team and partners to improve farming practices and meet the nutritional needs of families and individuals in the country. A Garden in Tamatave. Last week I had the […]

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What is the Checklist?

If you’ve had surgery in the last decade you may recall being asked several times on the day of surgery questions like what is your name, what are you here for today, and do you have any allergies.   When I was asked these questions a few years ago before undergoing shoulder surgery, I wondered to myself “Shouldn’t […]

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A Heartbreaking Flight.

Last week our screening team joined Mission Aviation Fellowship on a flight to Bekodoka, a village Mercy Ships learned about earlier this year. It takes at least 7 days to reach this remote village. Bekodoka is so isolated people that live there, often haven’t seen anything else. No direct access to healthcare makes it incredibly […]

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Cardo Justin: A Steven Spielberg In The Making?

Cardo looked through the lens of the camera. He could see some of his new friends making faces and acting silly. He flashed a smile at the videographer who returned the eight-year-old’s excitement with a big grin of his own. It’s not every day that you witness someone discovering a whole new world. Cardo’s world, […]

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Fenosoa & Papa Denis.

[:en]Fenosoa and his grandfather have a really special connection. They share a hut in their village, “because he loves me,” explains Papa Denis with a two-tooth grin. It was Papa Denis who heard on the radio about Mercy Ships coming to Madagascar and providing free surgeries for people with specific conditions. They were elated. Five […]

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The Secret World of the Sterile Processing Department

The Secret World of the Sterile Processing Department – onboard the Africa Mercy  Surgeries are the major focus of work on the Africa Mercy. How do all those instruments get cleaned and sterilized? The Sterile Processing Department on Deck 3 is below the water level, on the same floor as the OR. It is rather a […]

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