This one-hour documentary is full of good news!

Thanks to BBC Northern Ireland and SHINE TV on Freeview 25 or SKY 201

BBC Northern Ireland follows nine huge-hearted volunteers who are challenged as they treat patients with extreme medical conditions rarely seen in New Zealand. They join the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship as the Mercy Ship visits the island of Madagascar.

Read the inspiring backstories from one of the featured patients, and some of the volunteer crew members, below.

LALAO’S STORY – Free at last

Lalao’s and her husband struggle to make ends meet. Five of their six children live in with them in one-room in Madagascar’s capital city. Lalao’s husband works on a rice farm, and Lalao helped support their family by working in a small local restaurant.

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Anaesthetist Dr Michael McBrien

I’ve served as an anaesthetist on board the Mercy Ship nine times. Each time I’ve volunteered for two or three weeks, and four times since the documentary was filmed in Madagascar.

Why I volunteer with Mercy Ships. Read more…

Ward nurse supervisor Jane White

I first volunteered as a nurse with Mercy Ships May 2008 for 7 months – but ended up staying until July 2012! I returned to the ship in July 2015 for the Madagascar field service, and I’m still here!

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Ward nurse Rachel Lappin

I first joined in August 2015 in Madagascar, for what was only to be one field service. During this time, I worked on the wards, mainly with women suffering from obstetric fistulas. I fell in love with the work, so much so that I joined the screening team and stayed for two more years, serving in Benin and Cameroon.

Why I volunteer with Mercy Ships.  Read more…


The Mercy Ships crew needs huge-hearted people with all kinds of skills, from all walks of life, on the team to provide essential surgeries for people like Lalo – people just like you! Find out more about volunteer jobs onboard in Africa, and the financial assistance plan to help make it happen.

maritime, medical and general volunteer roles with Mercy Ships