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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Global Mercy

New Mercy Ship, the Global Mercy™, Ready to Sail Around the Globe

We are very excited to announce that our newest ship, the Global Mercy™, is officially seaworthy after passing the final sea trials. This marks a major milestone for Mercy Ships and signals the approaching end of the construction process, started in 2015. Passing sea trials means the vessel can sail for an extended time as […]

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Sharing Hope Together on World Health Day

On April 7, people around the world celebrate World Health Day by amplifying this year’s theme: building a healthier, fairer world. It’s a mission that strikes a particularly resonant chord with Mercy Ships. We are founded on the belief that everyone deserves safe, timely, and affordable surgery. For more than 40 years, we have been […]

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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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Leopold Gets A Clear Vision Of The Future

[:en]“I couldn’t see anything. They had to take my hand for me to go the bathroom, to use the shower. I couldn’t do anything by myself.” Leopold waved his hands as he spoke, adding, “I always had to depend on somebody else.”  Two years ago, cataracts began to cloud Leopold’s vision. Soon, they took over […]

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Haingo’s Journey

Haingo needed intense care to bring her back from the brink. Her cleft palate was the greatest concern; her inability to breastfeed/nurse left her severely malnourished. Her bilateral cleft palate left her face severely disfigured.  Haingo was almost seven months old and weighed a fragile 2.2kg (less than 5 lbs) when she was admitted with […]

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Dyllan’s Unleashed Potential

When we tell nine-year-old Dyllan, “You’re a beautiful boy,” he shakes his head adamantly. He doesn’t believe us. He doesn’t see what we see – the large brown eyes, the enchanting inquisitiveness. It has actually been a mission to get to see those big brown eyes. When we first met him, he kept his head […]

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Meet Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Andry

Madagascar, the fourth-largest island in the world, is home to over twenty-two million people. But there are only eight surgeons who specialize in orthopedics and traumatology. Most of them are located in the capital city, Antananarivo. In the port city of Tamatave, where the Mercy Ships is docked, Dr. Randrianirina Andry is the only orthopedic […]

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Our Friendship With Vololonirina

This is the story of a patient who made it her mission to bless us.  Our friendship with Vololonirina began in November 2014 when a free surgery onboard the Africa Mercy removed the facial tumor that had plagued her for thirty-two years. The growth had severely damaged her self-esteem. She says, “Every time I used the […]

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The Story of Nestore and his New Shoes

Nestore walked for over two hours to get to the bus station in Madagascar. He wore flip-flops, which made the long walk more difficult. In fact, flip-flops had been his only choice for footwear for his entire 14 years of life. He wasn’t making a fashion statement. His left clubfoot made it impossible to wear […]

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