Australian Jim Callahan is currently volunteering in Madagascar alongside his wife Vanessa Andean and other members of our WHO Surgical Safety Checklist Team. Here she shares her recollections of her first week in-country.
Australian anaesthetist Vanessa Andean is currently volunteering in Madagascar alongside her husband Jim Callahan and other members of our WHO Surgical Safety Checklist Team. Here she shares her recollections of her first week in-country.
On International Women’s Day, Mercy Ships spotlights Dr. Fifonsi Odry Agbessi, the first and only plastic surgeon in the West African nation of Benin.
A woman who lived in Orange for 18 years has returned to Australia following six weeks of providing healthcare to people in Africa while on board the world’s largest independent hospital ship.
When local cabinetmaker Michael Jones decided he wanted an adventure outside of Darwin, it turned out that a hospital ship serving on the other side of the world was the perfect fit for him.
Having heard about Mercy Ships through a nurse friend who had previously volunteered with the international medical organisation, Mr Jones joined the Mercy Ships vessel M/V Africa Mercy in June last year while the ship was docked in Durban, South Africa.
Standing strong in the waters of distant countries is a tall white ship with blue trims called the Africa Mercy. This ship is a light on the ocean that carries a crew of precious cargo - a team of dedicated volunteers who have given up their time to bring life and hope in the form of free medical treatment to remote areas of the world.
This is the Africa Mercy. Inside of this hospital ship are operating rooms, patient beds, sleeping quarters, dining rooms, offices, and even a very small gym. But just like Mercy Ships is far more than the people who work here, the Africa Mercy is far more than the rooms that make her up.
There was an extra winner at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s 16th Annual Cruise Industry Awards – Mercy Ships.
Canberra Hospital intensive care nurse Therese Knight has just returned home to Kaleen after her second trip to Africa serving on board the world's largest independent hospital ship - the Africa Mercy.
It is one thing to acknowledge the devastating divide between 'the haves and the have-nots'.
But it takes a whole lot of pluck to break out of your own bubble and travel half-way around the world to help.
An intensive care nurse at Canberra Hospital, Therese Knight joined the volunteer crew of the Africa Mercy for six weeks this time in the West African nation of Benin after last serving with international medical charity Mercy Ships in Madagascar in 2015.
“It is my personal response to the deeper question of what does one do in the face of the world’s poverty and need,” Mrs Knight said.