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How the pandemic has impacted recruiting activities

2020 has been a challenging year! This is also true for Mercy Ships. When we left Senegal in mid-March 2020, we had to suspend our surgical programme. Stationed in a shipyard in the Canary Islands since then, the Africa Mercy has been developing its e-learning programs to continue building local capacity even from a distance. […]

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Dr Raphiou Diallo

Heroes of Healthcare: Professor Raphiou Diallo

Today, we bring you the story of Professor Raphiou Diallo, a maxillofacial surgeon in Guinea with a one-of-a-kind history with Mercy Ships.  Through our medical capacity building program, Mercy Ships strives to leave a lasting impact in each nation we serve by partnering with medical professionals and strengthening local healthcare systems. Professor Raphiou Diallo is […]

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March 8 – International Women’s Day

Today, we celebrate women, especially women’s rights. At Mercy Ships, we consider one of them essential. It is the right to dignity. According to the WHO, between 3 and 4 million women in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are currently living with obstetric fistula, a devastating disability related to complicated childbirth. It often leads to permanent […]

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Dr David Ugai, Dr Bouna Yattassaye, Professeur Raphiou Diallo

Protective equipment for eleven African countries

In a gesture of solidarity, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shipments are in process of being sent to 11 partner nations by Mercy Ships in coordination with the charity’s European Distribution Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Shipments are destined for Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and […]

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A Q&A with the man leading the Global Mercy™ to completion

Her name is the Global Mercy™, and she’s the world’s largest civilian hospital ship. In the final phase of construction and setting sail in 2021, she will join her sister vessel, the Africa Mercy, to bring world-class surgical care to local patients facing life-threatening ailments throughout West Africa. From correcting cleft lips and palates and congenital […]

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Africa Mercy en mer

Introduction to Mercy Ships weekend

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. Topics include an introduction to Mercy Ships, transitioning, questions about community life, fundraising tips and an interview. All courses are given in English. If […]

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René Lehmann answers questions about Coronavirus and Mercy Ships

The coronavirus is causing unprecedented challenges. Strict, consistent and radical measures must be taken. Our lives are subject to increasing limitations. No one can escape them. Our mission in Senegal is no exception either. René Lehmann, director of Mercy Ships in Switzerland since 2012, looks back on the events of the last few weeks and […]

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Successful Mission in Senegal

Before our hospital ship had to leave the port of Dakar abruptly, the mission in Senegal proved to be very successful: a large number of patients were relieved of their suffering, and many local health professionals attended our training courses or took part in our mentoring programme. But can success be defined at all? And […]

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Interview with Dr. M’Pele

Dr. Pierre M’Pelé has worked in various African countries as a representative of the WHO, and is, among other things, an expert on epidemics in Africa. Since 2017, the Congolese physician has headed the Mercy Ships Africa Bureau . We asked him about the impact that Covid-19 has had on the African continent so far, […]

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Covid 19

Interrupting our field service

COVID-19 has impacted Mercy Ships in many ways. Most of all it affected our field service in Senegal; within days our hospital ship had to leave Dakar, three months earlier than planned. At the end of March 2020, the Africa Mercy sailed from Dakar to Tenerife, where she still is moored today. The biggest challenge […]

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