Physios play key role in mission of Mercy

Hannah Rutherford recently volunteered with the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. The Mercy Ship was docked in Madagascar, and Hannah describes how she was impacted professionally and personally as she worked alongside the international teams providing healthcare services to people in extreme poverty.   After … Read More

IT specialist serving the poor

West Africa is a completely different world to ours. It smells different, it looks different, the traffic is chaotic with motorbikes coming from all directions. One of the most significant differences, however, concerns the health system. It is basic and insufficient to serve the people of the country, … Read More

André – a lost boyhood

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You can always hear André singing before you see him – but that wasn’t always the case. André was only six when he and his brother were playing at a friend’s house. André leaned against a shelf holding an oil-filled lamp causing flaming oil to spill down his … Read More

Jean’s new legs

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VIDEO: Jean’s O-shaped legs made it nearly impossible for him to walk normally—let alone run, jump, kick or play. Instead, Jean’s earliest memories are of isolation, ridicule and despair. Watch his transformation in 90 seconds

Somaya’s second chance

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VIDEO: 1min40 Somaya was born with a disfiguring cleft lip and cleft palate. Neighbors urged Somaya’s mother, Neny, to place the girl in an orphanage. But she told them “She is a gift from God! Soon I will find a solution to fix her lips and then she … Read More

Volunteering with life experience

Transition from the intimate environment of Whangarei hospital’s Special Baby Unit to wards on the world’s largest civilian hospital ship is positively challenging for nurse Ellen Parker. The idea of volunteering her professional skills had been growing for years when she heard first-hand from an anaesthetist how compelling … Read More

Using his power for good

Approaching the end of his apprenticeship electrician Nathan Collis had a hankering to do some voluntary work overseas – something that involved using his industrial electrical skills. “I was going to be made redundant as Pacific Steel shut, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to go,” explains … Read More

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