During National Nurses Week, Mercy Ships commends thousands of nurses who have volunteered on their hospital ships since 1978. Nurses have helped Mercy Ships provide more than 78,000 free surgeries, helped teach over 183,000 people basic healthcare, mentored African nurses and provided expert pre-operative and post-operative care to patients in the wards. Nurses continually give of their time and expertise to fulfill a critical role onboard the world’s largest civilian hospital ship.
Volunteer medical professionals to provide more than 1,700 surgeries and health education
Toamasina, Republic of Madagascar, October 28, 2014: Amidst celebrations, His Excellency President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and his wife, Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, along with Prime Minister Roger Kolo and his wife, Zakia Katoun, personally welcomed the world’s largest civilian hospital ship into port when Mercy Ships docked Saturday in the Port of Toamasina (Tamatave).
The Africa Mercy adjusts plans to bring hope and healing in the midst of current uncertainties
TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS -August 18, 2014 – Collateral hardship from the Ebola epidemic now includes a delay for Mercy Ships, which operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship in ports on the West Coast of Africa. Already with one cancelled deployment to Guinea, where Ebola first broke out last December, the Mercy Ship now waits in the water with crew and staff, pending an end-of-August decision on field service in Benin.
Deal Doubles the Capacity to Deliver Free, World-Class Health Care
BEIJING, CHINA – December 19, 2013 -- Mercy Ships has announced that it has reached an agreement with Asian and European shipbuilding firms to purpose-build a new 36,600-GRT hospital ship for Mercy Ships. Contracts were signed between Mr. Dong Qiang, VP of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), and Donald K. Stephens, President/ Founder of Mercy Ships, together with Jim Paterson, Senior VP of Mercy Ships Marine Operations.
17-year-old patient with large facial tumor benefits from updated technology on Mercy Ships
Pointe Noir, Congo, September 30, 2013: A recently installed CT Scanner onboard the Africa Mercy is providing improved free scans for surgery patients in Pointe Noir, Republic of the Congo, where the hospital ship is docked until next summer.
Garden Valley, Texas, January 13, 2010 -The most powerful earthquake to strike Haiti in more than 200 years has left parts of the impoverished Caribbean nation in ruins, destroying buildings and burying people in the rubble.
Partnership with Bethesda Opens Dormitory
Hévié Benin, September 17, 2009 - Located about 22 miles west from the port of Cotonou in a village called Hévié is a piece of land that belongs to Bethesda, a local faith-based organization. This strip of land is dedicated to health and social developmental programs. Working in partnership with Bethesda during this year's field service in Benin, Mercy Ships developed this land into an agricultural training center called "Food for Life"; incorporating a three month agriculture training program.
Mercy Ships began medical treatment for the 2009 Field Service on February 23rd, bringing hope and healing in the form of free operations and eye and dental care. Mercy Ships doctors Jose Uroz Tristan and Keith Thomson have already provided critical healthcare training to the medical professionals of Benin.
At the Hospital of the Mother and Child in Cotonou, Dr. Uroz Tristan and Dr.
COTONOU, BENIN - WEST AFRICA, February 12, 2009: The world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, docked in Cotounou, Benin, this week to begin 10 months of specialized partnership with the nation's Ministry of Health.
The hospital ship's "Operation Access" screening team left Cotonou for two provincial capitals in North Benin shortly after docking with the goal of increasing access to health care services offered by the ship throughout the nation equitably.
COTONOU, BENIN - WEST AFRICA, February 10, 2009: Well-wishers lined up to welcome Africa Mercy, the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, and her crew into the Port of Cotonou this week to begin a 10-month assignment in the nation.
Invited by Benin's Ministry of Health, the Africa Mercy's medical and development crew look forward to partnering with officials under the government of President Yayi Boni.
"In a region of many failed or failing states, Benin has a government that respects basic human rights and freedoms, including improved access to health …
Liberian leaders pay tribute to Africa Mercy crew and commit to continue progress
Monrovia Liberia, December 16, 2008 -- The Africa Mercy pulled out of the Free Port of Monrovia, Liberia, this past weekend, wrapping up four years of assistance by Mercy Ships in the rebuilding of Liberia's infrastructure. The first visit of a Mercy Ship to the nation was in 2005 at the invitation of the United Nations, prior to free elections.
President Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President and Mrs.
Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf thanks Mercy Ships Partners
Monrovia, Liberia November 26, 2008 - Hundreds of Tenegar Town residents and community leaders came together from diverse ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds on November 21st as Her Excellency Madame President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cut the ribbon to the area's long-awaited health clinic.
The Samolu M.
Mentoring Biomedical Technicians Program in Liberia completes successful first year
Monrovia, Liberia November 12, 2008 - One of the biggest challenges to providing increased access to health care for Liberia's citizens is the availability of functional medical equipment. Although Liberia is in the process of rebuilding, much of the country's infrastructure is still in ruins, including many health care facilities. Medical and support personnel are severely lacking. Many who lived in the country before the war were displaced and most have not returned.
GARDEN VALLEY, TEXAS, April 16, 2008: Two Texas-based foundations, The Rees-Jones Foundation and the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, have announced matching gifts of $2 million each towards the work of the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy.
The Rees-Jones family toured the Africa Mercy in Newcastle, England, while the vessel was still under shipyard refit from rail ferry to hospital ship.
LAS PALMAS, CANARY ISLANDS - Monday December 10th, 2007 - The Africa Mercy, the world's largest charity hospital ship with a volunteer crew of over 300, is expected to enter dry dock at the Astican shipyard in Las Palmas at around 3pm Monday afternoon, for her first revision since entering active service in June this year. The 16 thousand ton hospital ship with six operating theatres onboard has just completed a successful six month campaign bringing hope and healing to war torn Liberia, West Africa.
Mercy Ships gives continued support for President's goal to rebuild Liberia's Health Care Sector
Garden Valley, Texas, November 13, 2007 - Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced this week that Mercy Ships has accepted her invitation for the Africa Mercy to return to Liberia again for 2008 following a short dry dock away from the nation at the end of this year.
Mercy Ships highlights contributions of West African polio communities on World Polio Day
Freetown, Sierra Leone, October 22, 2007 - As the international community commemorates World Polio Day and the race to eradicate polio worldwide, Mercy Ships "New Steps" center in Freetown, continues to give a leg up to those who contracted the disease during the decade of conflict in the nation when immunizations were not consistent.
Newest Mercy Ship now operational in Liberia
MONROVIA, LIBERIA, July 2, 2007 - While many professionals are busy taking summer holidays, volunteer medical professionals are giving up their summer to live and serve onboard the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship. In exchange for working long hours in the OR treating patients, Mercy Ships volunteers receive no pay - except the gratefulness of the Liberians they serve.
And that, says ophthalmologist Dr. Glenn Strauss, is reward enough. "In many cases patients have been living with blindness for years.
WILL EXPAND MERCY SHIPS ABILITY TO PROVIDE FREE HEALTH CARE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES TO THE WORLD'S POOREST
GARDEN VALLEY, TEXAS - May 23, 2007 - Mercy Ships announced today that its newest vessel, the Africa Mercy, the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, has docked in Monrovia following the vessel's maiden voyage from the U.K. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has used hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care to the forgotten poor.
GARDEN VALLEY, TEXAS - May 9, 2007 - The world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, began her inaugural sail this past weekend and is expected to make her way to war-torn Liberia by the end of the month.