Mercy Ships

JOURNEY TO HOPE AND HEALING

(October 24, 2021) Caloundra, Qld, Mercy Ships shares more good news…

Operating a fleet of floating hospitals means managing a host of moving parts. From building relationships with other nations to staffing a crew of volunteer professionals – and, of course, serving our patients.

You might say the work on board a Mercy Ship requires a journey. Vessels moving from port to port. Volunteers travelling from their homes to our ships. And, of course, patients and caregivers finding their way on board from all corners of their country.

What does travel mean to Mercy Ships? Let’s explore.

Travelling Far and Wide for Surgical Treatment
How far can you imagine travelling to receive healthcare?

For many of the patients we serve, access to care isn’t only limited financially – it’s also physically out of reach. Without trained medical specialists in the region, small issues can quickly grow into life-threatening conditions with no hope in sight.

When our ships sail into port for a 10-month field service, healing is finally within reach – but the journey often isn’t over there. First, Mercy Ships patient screening teams typically travel extensively across each nation in order to screen and select which patients can receive surgery on board. These upcountry screening trips often involve days or weeks on the road to reach patients in remote regions.

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WALKING WITH CONFIDENCE – SATOU’S STORY

(August 11, 2021) Caloundra, Qld, Mercy Ships shares more good news…

Satou is actually a happy child. She doesn’t like being sad,’ her mother, Khady, shared. ‘She is also strong-willed and determined and would get very upset when she felt that she was not being respected.’

Satou’s family was very disheartened. With no access to medical care, Khady worried her daughter would never find the healing she’d need to stand tall.

Then someone told Khady about the arrival of the Mercy Ships hospital ship, the Africa Mercy.

‘Doors of heaven’ open
Khady rushed Satou to a patient screening, where she was given a date for the surgery that would straighten her legs. ‘I have not dared to even dream that it is possible that my daughter’s legs can be straightened,’ Khady said. ‘It feels as though the doors of heaven were being opened for her.’

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BENEFITTING OVER 2.8 MILLION PEOPLE

(July 27, 2021) Caloundra, Queensland. Diane Rickard
International Media Relations Manager, Mercy Ships shares Mercy Ships good news…

Global health charity, Mercy Ships, reports that after a completion and acceptance ceremony on June 16, followed by a handover celebration at the Tianjin Xingang shipyard this past week, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, Global Mercy™, has successfully been delivered and the charity has taken possession of their brand-new vessel.

Dream come true
‘This day is a dream come true – not only for us, but for those we serve,’ stated Don Stephens, Mercy Ships founder who spoke via video to those attending. ‘African heads of states and ministers of health have often expressed a desire for more of their healthcare professionals to be trained in-country. This ship will do exactly that. Many who suffer from disability and disfigurement will have access to surgical treatment and whole-person care in healthcare systems that will enable them to reach their God-given potential. We hope that this new vessel and the volunteer crew who serve on her will bring hope, healing and transformation for the next 40-50 years,’ he added.

Per Westling, CEO of Stena RoRo, said ‘We are very proud to take delivery of this special ship. The activities to be carried out on board have placed special and high demands on the construction of this ship. For the yard, it was the first time this type of vessel was built – a challenge that they managed very well. For Mercy Ships, delivery means that their capacity to help more than doubles. And at Stena RoRo we are happy to be a part of their fantastic work through Global Mercy.

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MAN WITH 16 POUND FACIAL TUMOUR SAVED BY ‘WALKING BLOOD BANK’

Dan Wooding

Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries, shares this good news story…

The theme of the World Health Organization’s World Blood 2015 Donor Day was Thank you for Saving my Life.

‘Walking blood bank’
Mercy Ships volunteers saved the life of Sambany, a man with a 7.26 kilo (16-pound) facial tumour, by donating blood for him during a free operation onboard the hospital ship. (more…)