Love in any language

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These days, Pirongia-born nurse Melanie Allen begins each shift with a two-minute walk to work – down several flights of stairs and into the hospital deck of the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, Africa Mercy. In February Melanie joined the volunteer crew of the 16,000 tonne Mercy Ships … Read More

Aser Roger’s 2nd chance

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Turn right two times, pull yourself over the stone stairwell … avoid children and stray dogs under your feet. Feel along the cement walls until your fingers touch the frayed rope railing. Follow it to the end of the path, turn left. Finally … home. Fifty-nine-year-old Aser Roger … Read More

Building medical capacity

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In order to build the surgical capacity of the nations we serve – from the grassroots to government – Mercy Ships provides courses, mentoring, infrastructure and donations of equipment in the fields we invest in. The courses include essential surgical skills (pigs trotters and leather stretched over flower … Read More

Out of hiding

Underneath the swirling pattern and bright dye of Djenabou’s scarf was a massive goitre that had been growing for over 18 years. For more than half her life, she’d carried its weight … a weight producing far more than the physical effects of a mass slowly closing her … Read More

A new reason to smile

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Jacqueline’s trauma from a prolonged obstructed labour permanently damaged her body, but miraculously her precious baby survived. That was eight years ago. Since her daughter’s birth,  33-year-old Jacqueline has been incontinent because of the obstetric fistula caused by the ordeal.  Sadly, Jacqueline was abandoned by her husband and shunned by … Read More

A reason to smile

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Adorned with beads and colourful fabrics, Fadimatou enjoyed dressing up and ‘acting pretty’ like other girls. But, any glimpse of her smile was quickly wiped away by memories of teasing and ridicule—a reminder of the lies she’d been told too many times, that she isn’t pretty and shouldn’t smile. … Read More

Rail ferry to hospital ship – building ships of mercy

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We usually understand a ship to be a means of transporting people or cargo, a luxury cruise liner or a military vessel. Rarely do we associate a ship with a hospital. In this article, the authors explore the creation and operation of a unique ship, the Africa mercy (formerly … Read More

Seven long years

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She had been excited for a while. Mairamou and her husband eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a long, painful labour, she lost the baby. The tragedy was intensified because the prolonged labour caused physical damage that left Mairamou with a condition known as … Read More

Pharmacist on board with mercy mission

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New Plymouth-born pharmacist Gray Barnett has gone to sea… His role comprises a mix of community and hospital pharmacist. Pharmacy Today magazine – February 2018  by Nerine Zoio New Plymouth-born pharmacist Gray Barnett has gone to sea. For 10 weeks during December 2017 and January, he volunteered with Mercy Ships … Read More

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