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

Radio New Zealand interview

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. Listen online     

Me first!

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“It was the stunning World Cup victory in 2010 which brought me to name my son after football coach José Mourinho,” says Maurinho’s dad. It makes sense, then, when his mum describes her son’s competitive nature. “When Maurinho says that he wants to achieve something, he will not … Read More

Blind siblings gain sight

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The children’s mother Amina understood their dark struggle only too well. She too had been blind until the age of 13. Suddenly hope appeared on Amina’s horizon when the first Mercy Ship Anastasis docked in her nation of Benin in 2001. She was offered an unheard of opportunity … Read More

X’s and O’s of orthopaedic surgery

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The Mercy Ships orthopaedic ward is full of laughter and giggles of children who are amazed as they look in the mirror at their own straight legs.  Some of the children arrived with severely knocked-knees; their legs made a definite “X’ shape as they did their best to … Read More

Serah won’t remember having club feet

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Sandrine’s elation turned to shock when her longed-for daughter was born. The baby’s tiny feet were twisted at severe right-angles, facing inward. Sandrine tearfully wrapped Serah’s disfigured feet and could not find the courage to look at them again for three days. Sandrine’s husband had been delighted about … Read More

Food for Life.

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Where does all the produce go that’s grown throughout the Mercy Ships agricultural training program? It’s donated to the local orphanage, of course. Beninese crew member Eliphaz Essah leads the Food for Life programme, the agricultural branch of capacity building at Mercy Ships. Early on in each field service, Eliphaz … Read More

Prinscio’s new feet

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Watch Prinscio’s journey from a wee boy ashamed of his bent feet into a spirited little guy who, for the very first time, can walk and play like other kids.(Video 2.5 min)

His brothers’ love

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Kabir couldn’t walk, nor could he see.  Polio struck Kabir’s legs when he was a child, leaving irreparable damage. When cataracts grew over his eyes stealing his vision also, his loving brothers never gave up.  When they heard it might be possible for Kabir’s sight to be restored, … Read More

Making a practical difference

Starship Health paediatric nurse Vivien Welsh always knew she wanted to work with children. She entertained both teaching and nursing as career options. But time with a Christian missionary organisation based in Brisbane and travelling in India and other parts of Asia convinced her nursing was the right … Read More

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