Sterile services – CSSD

Providing free, first-class surgical care for Africa’s poorest people

Use your sterile processing skills to serve Africa’s poor with Mercy Ships

On board each Mercy Ship, medical volunteers staff the operating theatres, wards and the allied health services that provide a complete essential surgery package for people in living in extreme poverty – people with little other access to the care they need.

The volunteer experience of a lifetime awaits the brave and compassionate who have a heart for adventure. Join the hundreds of healthcare professionals from all over the world who are making a life-transforming difference. Your skills play an important role in our surgical teams.maritime, medical and general volunteer roles with Mercy ShipsIf you are a sterilising technician

  • with two years’ professional experience
  • are currently registered
  • can take 6 weeks’ leave (minimum service period)
  • are in good health (including BMI<35)
  • willing to work collaboratively in a faith-based hospital environment
  • can fly to Africa to join the ship

then volunteering onboard the world’s largest civilian hospital ship may be the next fabulous career move you make.

Why not check out the volunteer opportunities for sterile services technicians (known onboard as Operating Room Sterile Processing Technicians), job description here.

‘Crew fees’ (room and board) are NZ$550, other costs to fundraise would include required vaccinations

The surgical and sterile services department on board the Mercy Ships hospital ships are state-of-the-art, and the equipment and processes are familiar to those working in a New Zealand or OECD health care context.

Learn about more volunteering opportunities on board the hospital ships here