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Ship’s purser Janine Boyes is from Matamata

What does a Purser do? Meet Matamata’s Janine Boyes who has served onboard for eight years, and has some remarkable stories to tell about life onboard a Mercy Ship!

Read Janie’s story here

Thanks to the Matamata Chronicle

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Kat Sotolongo’s image of Dr Agebessi was awarded by The Lancet medical journal

Photographs allow powerful stories to unfold through brief moments captured on camera. One photograph taken by Mercy Ships videographer, Kat Sotolongo, illustrated the incredible impact Mercy Ships is having in the world.

The photograph was one of 10 photographs selected as a winner in the Lancet’s annual photography competition. It was published by the Lancet, where Mercy Ships was recognized for its efforts to serve and empower the people of West Africa. The photograph depicts Odry Agbessi, the first female plastic reconstructive surgeon in Benin.

Dr Agbessi’s accomplishment and her drive to succeed amidst difficult circumstances is captured by Sotolongo in the photograph, which represents why Mercy Ships exists.

“Mercy Ships provided training so (Dr Agbessi) could develop her skills. Through our medical capacity building efforts, we help the nations we serve by providing knowledge, tools and resources to deliver healthcare,” Sotolongo said.

As Mercy Ships continues to work in West Africa through surgical training, mentoring and infrastructure improvements, people like Dr Agbessi shine with the potential to make a difference in their world.

Thanks to Sotolongo’s award-winning photograph of Dr Agbessi, a story of courage and strength has unfolded, and people around the world can see the lasting impact Mercy Ships has, long after it departs.

Congratulations Kat!

Watch Dr Agrebessi’s courageous story here

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NZ Woman’s Weekly story of  Auckland nurse Steph Clark’s volunteer work on the hospital ship Africa Mercy, providing free hospital care to developing countries. She and her husband Jonathan will return to serve with Mercy Ships later this year in Guinea, West Africa.  Read the article here

      

Steph specialises in the care of children

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Information and technology expert from Half Moon Bay, Auckland uses her power for good in Cameroon, West Africa. Yida Zou volunteered for 3 months as an AV technician. Read about Yida Zou’s experiences in the ship’s IT team here

 

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Josie helping young Justine get mobile after surgery

The 14 weeks that changed everything for her patients and a made a big impression on a Hutt Valley nurse too. Josie Christensen worked primarily with children receiving orthopaedic surgery during her volunteer work with Mercy Ships. Read her story in DomPost here

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How a young software developer and paediatric nurse duo found a place to volunteer together, and the remarkableand life-saving events that they became part of. Read Us Two magazine here

Jonny and Stephanie Clark volunteered for three months in Benin, West Africa

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LISTEN ONLINE to RNZ’s Nine to Noon interviews nurse Deb Adesanya about the special bond speaking the local dialect gave when interfacing with her patients, and other remarkable aspects of her five-month voluntary service on the Mercy Ship.

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Behind the scenes of The Surgery Ship documentary is a crew of huge-hearted volunteer medics, and none like to stay below the radar more than Kiwis.

Click here to read the Dom Post article about Dr Tony Diprose’s volunteer work, and his involvement with Julien, who features in Episode 1 of The Surgery Ship airing on Friday December 1, at 7.30pm on National Geographic on Sky Channel 72

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This remarkable documentary series filmed onboard the Mercy Ship aka The Surgery Ship will transport you into the corridors of the Africa Mercy. The premiere series follows the joys, hearts-breaks and challenges of the Mercy Ships crew and the patients they serve. Watch the trailer now

National Geographic’s The Surgery Ship airs Friday nights from December 1, at 7.30pm on SKY channel 072

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