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

A brighter future

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No one is prouder of this ray of sunshine than her father, Emmanuel. Cecilia brims with delightful energy, and Emmanuel is always one step behind her, ready to help her in the right direction. But, until recently, Cecilia needed more help than most little girls. “She smiles all of … Read More

Lifting a 30-year burden

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You can hear Christina’s contagious laugh from across the room and instinctively know that she’s a woman who never lets circumstances rob her of joy. But, her smile is interrupted by a facial tumour that has been slowly growing for over 30 years, with no hope of being … Read More

The tiny warrior

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The first sight of three-month-old Paul revealed a feather-light bundle cradled in his desperate mother’s arms. His skin was paper-thin and his body remarkably tiny. He weighed just over two kilograms – less than he had when he was first born. The tiny baby was born with a … Read More

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