Mercy Ships Announces the Global Mercy, World’s Largest NGO Hospital Ship

Over 16 million people die each year due to lack of surgical care; Mercy Ships builds a response to this world problem for the future

In addition to providing surgeries, the Global Mercy will be outfitted with state-of-the-art training spaces including a simulation lab with virtual and augmented reality, mannequins and other training tools and simulated post-op care space, which allow trainers to simulate local conditions and limitations in order to teach best practices in low-resource environments.

The 174-meter, 37,000-ton ship will have six operating rooms and house over 600 volunteers from around the globe representing many disciplines including surgeons, maritime crew, cooks, teachers, electricians, the host staff and more. The ship will also feature a 682-seat auditorium, student academy, gymnasium, pool, café, shop and library – all of which have been designed to accommodate up to 950 crew onboard when docked in port.

The Global Mercy will join the current flagship Africa Mercy, more than doubling the impact of volunteers and services provided by the charity. For more information about Mercy Ships, updates on Global Mercy or how to volunteer or donate.

Global Mercy description

Hospital area 7’000 m2

Hospital wards – Deck 4

Surgical suite – Deck 3

Crew facilities include

Auditorium 682 seat Gymnasium
Academy 28.6 m Cafe & Shop
Patient Capacity 199 volunteers Pool
Surgical Suite 6 Operating room Library

All pre-operative and post-operative work include

Radiology with X-Ray & CT Scan
Outpatient care

Training spaces include

Simulation Laab with
Virtual & Augmented reality
Simulated Post op Care Space
Mannequins & Other Training Tools
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641 Crew capacity: Medical, Technical, Non-tech/Non-med & Family.

Ship services Are designed to host up to 950 people including local day-crew.

Hospital area Is 7’000 m2

What is a simulation lab?

he simulation lab will allow trainers to simulate local conditions & limitations in order to teach best practices in low-resource environments.

Training opportunities include:

  • Post-op scenario training for nursing teams
  • Surgical technical teams basic skills training
  • Basic surgical skills training to prepare trainees for live surgical experience
  • Live surgical mentoring in selected high demand, elective procedures
Will Mercy Ships operate in areas where the pandemic is present and/or surging? If not, then are they truly committed to their mission to help those in need?
Why is it important that Mercy Ships continues to support our West and Central African partners amidst COVID-19?
What guidelines is Mercy Ships following to ensure that it follows proper COVID-19 protocols and procedures?
hat changes will be made on your ships to promote the safety of your volunteers and staff? What cleaning precautions or social distancing measures are being put in place?

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