Obstetric fistula

From Shame to Celebration: Mercy Ships Women’s Health Program

Welcoming a new baby into the family should be a time of pure joy and celebration. But for an estimated 100,000 women around the world each year, childbirth instead ended in a devastating injury. Obstetric fistula is a condition that often occurs during prolonged and obstructed labor when women don’t have access to adequate maternity […]

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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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Restoring Dignity

The birth of a child should be one of life’s most joyous occasions. But for many women in developing nations, it’s the beginning of a downward spiral into pain, loneliness, and poverty. Without access to routine medical or surgical care during and after delivery, many young women suffer injuries during childbirth, usually occurring during prolonged […]

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A ‘One-of-a-Kind’ Hospital Ship

The deployment of the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort in recent months to American cities overwhelmed by COVID-19 has made people increasingly aware of the important role hospital ships can play in providing critical medical care in times of crisis. What remains much less known is the ongoing global surgery crisis that sees 5 billion […]

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Building Capacity in Mercy Ships Maritime Crew

Eleven Africa Mercy crew from seven nations progress to Ratings and Able Seafarer certifications Even though the global pandemic has kept the Africa Mercy docked in the port of Granadilla Spain for extended annual maintenance, the maritime crew onboard ship are busier than ever. Recently, seven deckhands became Deck Ratings and four Deck Ratings became […]

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Mission Mercy Ships

Celebrating Senegal

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Africa Mercy departed Dakar ten weeks ahead of schedule in our 2019/2020 Senegal field service. Thankfully, partners from around the world still helped bring much needed healthcare to thousands of people in need this year! Aliou now stands with arms wide open to match his ever-present smile! His arm is healed, […]

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Prime Minister Trudeau Acknowledges Contribution of Mercy Ships Canada Volunteers

The Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau met with Mercy Ships Canadian volunteer crew members in Dakar Senegal on February 12 to thank them for their work. Joining the Prime Minister was Francois-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Canadian Ambassador to Senegal Sebastien Beaulieu. Representing the Canadian volunteer crew was […]

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Mercy Ships Volunteer Nurses Mentor Local Healthcare Providers in Senegal

Nurse Mentoring has started on the Africa Mercy in the operating room, recovery room, and wards of the hospital, as well as in 2 local hospitals in Dakar. Since the ship arrived in September 2019, the Mercy Ships Nurse Mentoring team has been working hard to build relationships and gain trust with the local health […]

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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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