Meet our International Crew: Emmanuel Essah

[:en] In 2009, Emmanuel Essah began working with Mercy Ships in his home country of Benin. He laughs as he remembers how it all started: “I almost didn’t apply: I didn’t think I’d get the job. But at the last minute my mom said to me, ‘Emmanuel, you never know what God has in store […]

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Behind the Faces: Photography & Blind Auction

[:en]The Africa Mercy is a ship full of very talented people. Among these talented people are the ship photographers. For our work to have an impact, we also need to show how we are making an impact visually, which means capturing photos of our patients, training and renovations. On Saturday, Septeber 24th, we would like […]

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It’s World Humanitarian Day!

[:en]   “World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon August 19th is World Humanitarian Day, and we want to take the time to […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Benin

[:en]The Africa Mercy has arrived in Benin for its 2016-2017 field service!  Now that we have finally arrived, we can’t wait to start working with our amazing volunteers and donors to bring hope and healing to the Beninese people.  Keep reading to learn more about this fascinating nation and why we are working there! Benin […]

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Specialty Focus: Medical Capacity Building

[:en]Mercy Ships is always looking to put itself out of a job: how wonderful would it be if every country we visited had enough safe operating rooms, trained medical staff, and reliable equipment so that patients didn’t need to wait years for treatment on board? With this dream in mind, our Medical Capacity Building (MCB) […]

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Jocelin’s Fear Vanishes

[:en]Jocelin looked around terrified. Who wouldn’t be scared? The twelve-year-old boy was in a strange place being evaluated by kind and caring Mercy Ships doctors, but they were strangers. They spent a lot of time evaluating the large grapefruit-size tumor on the left side of his neck, smiling at Jocelin and reassuring him that all […]

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Transforming Your University or College Experience

[:en]As a University or College student school is top priority. Hours will be spent in lectures, libraries and all-night cafes pouring over the pages and pages of readings and assignments professors hand out. However, when students look back at their post-secondary careers they will have more than just memories of studying. University/College is a time […]

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Muriella’s Dream of Making a Difference

[:en]Muriella stood out in the screening crowd as a beautiful 17-year-old girl.  From the left side she looked like a normal teenager with long hair and trendy clothes.  Then she turns to the right, and the reason she was seeking surgery was obvious. When Muriella was seven, a cyst began to develop inside of her […]

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Specialty Focus: Women’s Health

[:en] One of the much-needed specialties that Mercy Ships provides is surgery for obstetric fistula (OBF). Women who suffer with this have endured prolonged, obstructed labor which creates an opening between the bladder and vagina, resulting in uncontrollable, continuous leakage of urine and sometimes stool. In most cases, because the labor goes on for multiple […]

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Specialty Focus: General Surgery- Goiters

[:en] Under the general surgery focus, Mercy Ships provides treatment for people who suffer from goiters. Often a growth that looks to be the size of a baseball or large grapefruit, goiters occur when either too much or too little thyroid hormone is produced, causing the thyroid gland to be enlarged. This can result in […]

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