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.
Freshly refitted hospital ship, the upgraded Africa Mercy® has arrived at the island nation to build on the charity’s longstanding collaboration and will provide specialized surgeries in various fields, including maxillofacial and ear nose and throat, general, pediatric specialized general, pediatric orthopedic, cataract surgery, and reconstructive plastics.
In 2015, in an operating room on board the Africa Mercy while docked in Madagascar, the course of Vanya’s life changed.
Years have now passed since Vanya’s journey toward healing. In the time since, her improved ability to walk allowed her to return to school, where she loved studying environmental science and learning about the world around her.
Darryl Anderson shares his thank you message after Christmas to express his gratitude for your support and dedication to our mission.
At Mercy Ships Canada, we serve those who have lost hope, bringing healing and transformation. Our volunteers, inspired by their faith, work selflessly to perform surgeries that renew not only bodies but also faith and hope. This Christmas, be a part of the miracle by making a donation to Mercy Ships Canada. Your contribution will help renew faith and offer a second chance at life. Together, we can make a significant impact on those who have suffered for too long.
Our journey continues, and we’re excited to have you by our side as we embark on new adventures of compassion and change.
The last time Catherine Conteh saw the deeply familiar smile in front of her in Freetown, it was under dramatically different circumstances. Learn more about Aly’s act of kindness!