International Day of the Seafarer

Mercy Ships floating hospital, the Africa Mercy, is the world’s largest charity-run hospital ship. Seafarers are the key workers who keep our ships operational and use their skills to deliver humanitarian development and transform thousands of lives each year. In honour of International Day of the Seafarer on June 25th, Mercy Ships Canada wants to […]

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Together, we care.

When the world feels uncertain, we look for the good. When we realize that healthcare systems are fragile, we look for security. When we feel that our health is at risk, we look for the helpers. Today is World Health Day — a day set aside by the World Health Organization (WHO) to focus on […]

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International Women’s Day

It takes volunteers from many different backgrounds to fulfill the Mercy Ships mission of providing access to safe, affordable healthcare. When we think of the importance of International Women’s Day, we are moved by the strength of the women that serve with us – and the women we serve. Rosa Whitaker, President of Mercy Ships […]

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Giving Tuesday is December 3rd

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for […]

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Mercy Ships Celebrates World Sight Day

Established by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness that aims to bring global attention to vision impairment and blindness. Over 2.2 million people worldwide are visually impaired, with an estimated 1 billion suffering from untreated preventable conditions (WHO). In developing nations, eye conditions treatable in early stages […]

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The Africa Mercy Arrives in Senegal

The world’s largest largest charity hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, has docked in Dakar, Senegal, where it will serve the population throughout the 2019-20 field service. The floating hospital is staffed by over 400 volunteers – including scores of Canadians – from nations around the world who donate their time and professional skills to treat […]

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The Africa Mercy Departs Guinea

The 2018-19 field service in Guinea has come to an end! The Africa Mercy has now left Conakry, Guinea, for the Canary Islands, where the ship will undergo annual maintenance before setting sail for Senegal, our next port of service. This field service has been an outstanding success, with partners from all over the world […]

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International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is May 23

According to the United Nations, an estimated 2 to 3 million women and girls in developing countries are living with obstetric fistula – a statistic Mercy Ships is trying to change. Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal […]

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Celebrating Our 100,000th Free Surgical Procedure

Today Mercy Ships Canada celebrates a major milestone: the 100,000th free surgical procedure provided to a patients in West Africa. The momentous occasion comes as Mercy Ships celebrates 40 years of transforming lives in the world’s poorest nations. “We’re excited to reach this significant milestone and honoured to be a part of transforming so many […]

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First Lady of Guinea Visits Africa Mercy

One of the great joys of serving in host countries is building relationships with each nation’s leaders and representatives. The Africa Mercy recently had the honour of hosting Mme. Djene Kaba Condé, along with several members of cabinet members, to reflect on all that has been accomplished this field service. “The compassionate heart is not […]

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