COVID-19 Safety Onboard a Mercy Ship
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As Mercy Ships prepares to return our fleet to Africa, we’re also in the process of staffing both of our ships with an international crew. Our lifesaving, life-changing work wouldn’t be possible without incredible volunteers coming from around the world to serve onboard.
Of course, we have had to adapt life onboard our ships to ensure we can return to our work in Africa while protecting the health and safety of everyone onboard. Here are some of the key measures we’re taking to keep our community safe in light of COVID-19.
Community Life Aboard Our Vessel
Community is a major part of life onboard our ships. After a particularly isolating and challenging year for many, we’re thrilled that our ships can be a place of connection and purpose for our international crew once again. We have taken several different steps to foster a vibrant community while still facilitating social distancing.
Some of these changes include:
- Limiting our cabin capacities to a maximum of four people per cabin.
- Eliminating self-service in the dining rooms and instead offering plating and service from the dining room staff.
- Implementing social distancing practices in our dining room and cafe areas.
- Requiring that all persons onboard the ships wear masks in public spaces.
- Encouraging regular and thorough hand-washing and hand sanitization.
There will still be plenty of opportunities to engage with others and relax a safe, socially distanced way. Crew will be able to grab a coffee at the Starbucks Cafe, browse books and movies at the library, and stock up on essential items at the Ship Shop onboard. There are also plenty of opportunities to get some fresh air outdoors, like Deck 7 and the pool and playground areas on Deck 8, as well as the dock.
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.
Canadian Annick Sylvestre, Country Engagement Team, Operations Liaison in Liberia, shares an update of recent activities in the country.
Mercy Ships is overjoyed to share that in early 2022, the Africa Mercy will return to a beloved port – Dakar, Senegal.
Darryl Anderson, who had served as an advisor to the board of Mercy Ships Canada, was drawn into the organization full-time during COVID-19.