Canadian Country Engagement Team Member
Update from Liberia
Direct Medical Services and Mentoring
Leadership Development Training
In May 2021, Mercy Ships and the Liberian Ministry of Health hosted a Surgical Care System Needs in Liberia Workshop. The workshop participants identified leadership training as a high priority.
Mercy Ships responded and offered to teach a three-day leadership course. The training took place in three different hospitals: J.J. Dossen Hospital in Harper, Maryland County, Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County as well as ELWA Hospital in Montserrado County.
Following this training, several medical professionals decided to continue in this program and participate in the two-year leadership development course, a training program for leadership groups. The goal is to improve leadership performance for the individual leader and the leadership group.
Thanks to donors’ support, members of the Country Engagement Team like Annick have lived and worked in Liberia for the past year. While in the country, they can also engage more effectively with their Liberian colleagues and people from other organizations and backgrounds. Annick reflected that it is always interesting to exchange ideas and share learning with people from different fields in both a professional situation and in more relaxed occasions.
A special acknowledgement goes to our colleagues at Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), who operate two small Cessna in Liberia. The assistance of MAF allowed the Mercy Ships team to reach the hospitals for the leadership training.
While Mercy Ships’ newest vessel, the Global Mercy, has been gleaning some of the photo highlights in recent weeks (as the equipping phase takes place in Europe), we trust that you will also enjoy a few of Annick’s photos from Liberia.
In June 2022, more than 30 Senegalese healthcare professionals boarded the Global Mercy® to equip themselves with new skills that could save countless vulnerable young lives.
Now living in France, Léa works for Mercy Ships Canada remotely and “seized the opportunity” when the hospital ship Global Mercy came to Europe.
The Africa Celebration is a moment to pause and give thanks for 30 years of partnership, filled with stories of hope and healing.
The Africa Mercy® hospital ship returned to West Africa, bringing hope and healing as the vessel docked once again in the port of Dakar, Senegal.
Two years ago, when the Africa Mercy sailed from Senegal, hundreds of patients were left still waiting for their chance for surgery.
On February 1st, the ship returned to the port of Dakar to bring hope and healing to these patients and their families.
Mercy Ships is overjoyed to share that in early 2022, the Africa Mercy will return to a beloved port – Dakar, Senegal.