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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International Day of the Seafarer

Mercy Ships floating hospital, the Africa Mercy, is the world’s largest charity-run hospital ship. Seafarers are the key workers who keep our ships operational and use their skills to deliver humanitarian development and transform thousands of lives each year. In honour of International Day of the Seafarer on June 25th, Mercy Ships Canada wants to […]

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Seafarer’s Story

#SmallActsBigDifference is an essential way to demonstrate mercy during this challenging season. In a show of solidarity for seafarers, Mercy Ships Canada wants to highlight the work of The Nautical Institute in officially supporting the Emergency Funding for Developing World Seafarers campaign run by the International Seafarers’ ​Welfare & Assistance Network. Mercy Ships is an […]

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National Volunteer Week 2019

Supporting and transforming lives of children, families and communities in the world’s poorest nations would not be possible without volunteers. In the United Nations Development Goals that Canada and other nations have committed to achieving by 2030, there is not one goal that does not involve volunteers. Globally, volunteerism is one of the key factors […]

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

[:en] Volunteers light up the decks of the Africa Mercy with their smiles and big hearts each and every day! It takes a lot of courage to sign up for any amount of time with Mercy Ships. Why? Individuals are raising their own funds to fly across the world, live in tight quarters aboard a ship […]

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Saying Thanks to Joanne Thibault

For the past five months we have reaped the benefits of having Joanne Thibault as an (almost) full-time volunteer here in our Mercy Ships Canada office. Alumni members will remember Joanne as a crew member, Communication Team Writer and Engineering Administrator during her three years of service on board the Africa Mercy. Joanne served in […]

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Meet our International Crew: Yvonne Ferrari

[:en]As Yvonne Ferrari began to think about her retirement years, she knew she wanted to pursue volunteer work. She had worked for a number of years in the hospitality industry but wasn’t sure where her skills would fit in the mission field. When a friend shared a bit about Mercy Ships and its mission, Yvonne […]

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The Secret World of the Sterile Processing Department

The Secret World of the Sterile Processing Department – onboard the Africa Mercy  Surgeries are the major focus of work on the Africa Mercy. How do all those instruments get cleaned and sterilized? The Sterile Processing Department on Deck 3 is below the water level, on the same floor as the OR. It is rather a […]

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Welcome Home Marlayna!

Marlayna Van Hoepen recently returned home to Chilliwack, British Columbia, from the Africa Mercy where she spent three months volunteering as a cook on board during our 2014-2015 field service in Madagascar. Marlayna cooked up a storm and provided crew with the fuel they needed to help patients and keep the ship running! Marlayna now joins Chilliwack […]

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