Deb Adesanya-Woman’s Day

The backstory: Caring for children recovering from major surgery was Deborah Adesanya’s assignment olunteering in the wards aboard the 16,000 tonne hospital ship, Africa Mercy. Some of her most poignant moments were with babies receiving surgery to correct birth defects like cleft lip and palate.  Most of her … Read More

Rose and her Dad

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Pounding yams … hand-washing clothes … head-carrying water or goods to sell … feeding a baby … all common tasks for women in many parts of West Africa. For some, it’s part of living; for others, it’s a matter of surviving. For a young girl like Rose, having … 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

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

Indomitable Elina

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Six-year old Elina and her mother were coaxed out of the bushes. They had been waiting, undetected, for the crowds to thin at a medical screening center in Madagascar. After a Mercy Ships nurse named Ria invited Elina to come out of hiding, she discovered the disfiguring burns … Read More