Surgeon, researcher, AND American Ninja Warrior?

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Meet Mark Shrime. This ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor heard about Mercy Ships back in 2006 through a friend of a friend. In-between fellowships, he decided to apply. “I was accepted, spent six months on the ship in Liberia and have been coming back ever since!” Twice … Read More

Parliament votes ‘Aye’ for Mercy Ships

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After a lengthy, rigorous examination by the IRD (NZ tax department) and a vote in Parliament, Mercy Ships gained a special tax status attained by less than 1% of New Zealand charities. The sought-after ‘Schedule 32’ tax status allows Kiwis to receive a tax deductible receipt for every dollar … Read More

Life’s simply joys

After five years as an intensive care nurse at Christchurch Hospital, Jess Doney is used to dealing with crises. Her acquired skills have been put to the test when she recently stepped into a new and extraordinary surgical environment. The 26-year-old signed on articles for a two-month tour-our-duty … Read More

Making essential surgery accessible

Lack of access to safe surgery results in more deaths worldwide every year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). There is growing international acknowledgement of what theatre staffs have long known and advised: accidental trauma, birth complications and the lack of … Read More

Physios play key role in mission of Mercy

Hannah Rutherford recently volunteered with the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. The Mercy Ship was docked in Madagascar, and Hannah describes how she was impacted professionally and personally as she worked alongside the international teams providing healthcare services to people in extreme poverty.   After … Read More

IT specialist serving the poor

West Africa is a completely different world to ours. It smells different, it looks different, the traffic is chaotic with motorbikes coming from all directions. One of the most significant differences, however, concerns the health system. It is basic and insufficient to serve the people of the country, … 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

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