An orphan’s hope

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Victoria never lost hope. Not after her parents died when she was a girl, not after she was forced to start begging in the streets, and not even when she began developing a massive facial tumour when she was only 18 years old. Now, the resilient 23-year-old sat … Read More

What is Mercy Ships?

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Watch the video here: Each year around 40 Kiwis volunteer aboard the Mercy Ship, helping to deliver free essential surgery to people living in abject poverty. These New Zealanders are serving in medical, maritime and operational roles deliver both hope and healing to Africa’s forgotten poor.  Watch the … Read More

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

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