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Providing Medical Capacity Building Programs Through a Different Lens: Adapting to eLearning

When 2020 began, Mercy Ships had a full slate of our regular in-country medical training programs in the pipeline. Of course, like many others around the world, we had to adapt our plans when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out early in the year. We quickly realized that 2020 would look very different than we originally […]

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“They light up when I speak French”: How learning a foreign language helps to reach out and connect

Bonjour! It’s French Language Day, a day to reflect on the official language in most of the countries Mercy Ships visits. Lisa Benner from Castlegar, BC, during her time serving as French teacher in Guinea. After retuning from traveling and taking a job as a Grade 3 French Immersion teacher in Okotoks, Alberta, it wasn’t […]

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COVID-19 Safety Onboard a Mercy Ship

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 […]

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Lasting Impact in Action: Ly Cheick’s Story

Ly Cheick, a 24-year-old Guinean student, was in the prime of life with plenty of dreams for the future. However, he had a problem — one that was only getting worse over time. He had noticed a bump growing in his mouth that was becoming more and more visible. In 2020, after a recommendation from […]

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Courageous Caregivers Who #ChooseToChallenge

The courage to challenge leads to change. This International Women’s Day we’re celebrating all the women who #ChooseToChallenge – volunteers, donors, and caregivers – leaving a lasting impact. In Sub-Saharan Africa, this is often demonstrated by courageous women who, despite overwhelming odds, have held onto hope that a brighter future is possible for their loved […]

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Mercy Ships Canada Celebrates Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative

The circumstances of the past year have provided meaningful opportunity for reflection as individuals, families, and organizations. The needs around us, further highlighted by the reality of the pandemic, are more likely to have our attention and asking questions of how we can respond in ways that make a difference. In this season, Truth North […]

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Mercy Ships medical capacity building program creates an invaluable opportunity to partner with government officials and local surgeons in the countries we visit. For more than 30 years, Mercy Ships has collaborated with some of the most driven, dedicated, and talented healthcare professionals across Africa. It is our honour to introduce you to these Heroes […]

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French Academy of Medicine – Contributions by Dr Pierre M’Pelé and Professor Marc Gentilini

The end of January National Academy of Medicine conference, which brought together eminent doctors and professors of medicine, addressed the following topics: the allergic risks of the RNA vaccine for COVID-19; mitochondrial pathologies and reproduction; and lead-free cardiac stimulation. During this session, Dr. Pierre M’Pelé, Director of the Africa Bureau de Mercy Ships, was invited […]

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HEROES OF HEALTHCARE: Professor Raphiou Diallo

Our Heroes of Healthcare series features incredible medical professionals spanning the continent of Africa. From Benin’s first Reconstructive Plastic surgeon to an inspiring biomedical engineer technician, this series highlights the outstanding men and women who are changing the healthcare landscape in their countries. Today, we bring you the story of Professor Raphiou Diallo, a maxillofacial […]

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Self-Care is Healthcare: Mercy Ships Canada Joins the Mental Health Conversation

As the pandemic endures, Mercy Ships Canada recognizes that small acts can make a big difference, including conversations about mental health and self-care. Lockdowns, increased restrictions, the challenges of working from home and online learning, and the reality of not being able to connect face-to-face with family and friends are all taking a toll on […]

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