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  • News from the Global Mercy
    Global Mercy virtual experience
    07.04.22
    Join the many "virtual participants" who took part in the virtual experience on their tablet or computer.
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  • News from the Africa Mercy
    The Africa Mercy is back in Dakar
    04.02.22
    The Africa Mercy has returned as promised to Senegal. We will continue the surgical operations and training that were interrupted by the pandemic.
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  • News from Switzerland
    MSC Group and Mercy Ships Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership
    23.12.21
    End-to-end support by MSC, from container shipping to logistics, fundraising and maritime expertise, have maximised hospital ships’ life-changing impact for thousands of people.
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  • News from the Africa Mercy
    Next field service: Senegal
    22.12.21
    In early 2022, the Mercy Ships hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, will return to Dakar for a humanitarian field service in Senegal.
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  • Capacity Building
    Surgical care in Africa: historic events in Dakar
    22.05.22
    Medical experts and health ministers from 29 African countries together to improve surgical care in Africa.
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  • News from the Global Mercy
    The Global Mercy on its way to Europe
    02.09.21
    After a short visit in Malta, the Global Mercy will dock in the port of Antwerp on September 12, where the hospital will be fully equipped.​
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  • Good to know
    Together we are Mercy Ships!
    06.04.20
    April 7 is World Health Day — a day set aside by the World Health Organization (WHO) to focus on the impact quality medical care has on the world around us.
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  • News from Switzerland
    Swiss dentists train students in Guinea
    15.03.21
    E-learning with a Swiss partner, the Ardentis dental clinics, for students in the Gamal dental school in Conakry, Guinea.
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  • News from the Africa Mercy
    Interrupting our field service
    01.06.20
    The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted Mercy Ships in several areas. It especially affected our mission in Senegal; our hospital ship had to leave Dakar, three months earlier than planned.
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  • News from the Africa Mercy
    Successful Mission in Senegal
    28.05.20
    Before our hospital ship had to abruptly leave the port of Dakar, the mission in Senegal was very successful: a large number of patients were delivered from their suffering.
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  • News from the Global Mercy
    Global Mercy: successful sea trials
    11.05.21
    Construction of the world's largest civilian hospital ship is complete and sea trials completed. The final interior fitting out of the ship will continue in Belgium.
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  • Good to know
    Volunteering in the midst of a pandemic
    14.04.21
    2020 has been a challenging year! This is also true for Mercy Ships. How dhas the pandemic impacted recruiting activities?
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  • News from Switzerland
    Interview of Christine Sager
    15.11.20
    Christine Sager was elected to the Board of Mercy Ships Switzerland in June 2020. As an American and Swiss citizen, experienced diplomat’s wife and dedicated philanthropist, she enriches the Board with an international dimension and a great deal of cultural sensitivity.
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  • Good to know
    Interview with Dr. M’Pele
    26.06.20
    We asked Dr M'Pele what impact Covid-19 is currently having on the African continent as well as the role of the Africa office within Mercy Ships.
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  • News from the Africa Mercy
    Field service in Senegal is currently suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic
    19.03.20
    Due to the current situation related to COVID-19, WHO recommendations and the resulting increase in travel restrictions, Mercy Ships had to suspend its humanitarian mission in Senegal.
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  • Capacity Building
    Interview of Keith Brinkman
    26.06.21
    Keith Brinkman is Country Director for Mercy Ships, assigned to Liberia, since November 2020. He works and lives in Monrovia.
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  • News from Switzerland
    Charity partner of Double You Team
    09.06.21
    Mercy Ships Switzerland is honored to have been chosen as the heart partner of Double You Team.
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  • Good to know
    Africa Day 2021
    10.05.21
    For more than 30 years, Mercy Ships has been invited by African countries to come and strengthen their health systems thanks to our hospital ships. On this Africa Day, we thank these nations for their hospitality, collaboration and friendship.
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  • News from the Global Mercy
    A Q&A with the man leading the Global Mercy™ to completion
    29.01.21
    Jim Paterson ran the marine operations department of Mercy Ships for nearly 20 years, before dedicating himself full-time as a project manager for the Global Mercy.
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  • Good to know
    Introduction to Mercy Ships weekend
    19.01.21
    To learn more about Mercy Ships and life aboard the ship, the Mercy Ships Introductory Course (IMS) offers a 3-day program over a long weekend, on a barge in the Netherlands.
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    Interview with Thomas Rudin
    15.11.20
    Thomas Rudin has been managing the Bethesda hospital in Basel for over 10 years and became a member of the board of Mercy Ships Switzerland in June 2020.
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  • Capacity Building
    Heroes of Healthcare: Professor Raphiou Diallo
    17.03.21
    Professor Rafiou Diallo is a Guinean maxillofacial surgeon. He is one of those people who are transforming healthcare in their country with the support of Mercy Ships.
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  • Good to know
    Craftsmen wanted for June & July
    01.03.20
    Each year, June and July are dedicated to the maintenance of the Africa Mercy, the largest civilian hospital ship in the world.
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  • Good to know
    René Lehmann answers questions about COVID-19 and Mercy Ships
    29.06.20
    Interview with René Lehmann, director of Mercy Ships Switzerland, on the impact of the pandemic for the organisation.
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  • News from the Africa Mercy
    A 100’000 thanks to you all!
    23.05.19
    This is a milestone for the humanitarian organization created in Lausanne in 1978: the 100,000th free surgery1 on board one of the Mercy Ships hospital ships
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  • Good to know
    March 8 – International Women’s Day
    08.03.21
    March 8 - Today we celebrate women, and more specifically women's rights. At Mercy Ships, we consider one of them essential. It is the right to dignity.
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  • Capacity Building
    Protective equipment for eleven African countries
    01.02.21
    Mercy Ships has started sending personal protective equipment (PPE) to 11 countries in Africa with which it has partnerships.
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  • News from the Africa Mercy
    Africa Mercy in dry dock
    27.07.17
    During our technical stop in the Canary Islands, the Africa Mercy was taken out of the water to check the general condition of her hull and receive a new coat of anti-rust paint.
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  • News from the Africa Mercy
    First field service in Cameroon
    06.09.17
    The Africa Mercy arrived mid-August 2017 in Cameroon and dropped anchor in the port city of Douala.
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  • News from the Global Mercy
    Africa Celebration
    23.08.22
    The Global Mercy has been inaugurated in Dakar. New hope for those in Africa who don't have access to surgical care.
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