The work of volunteers serving with the Mercy Ships charity on board Africa Mercy, the world's largest charity hospital ship, will be featured in an hour-long episode of the TV series Mighty Ships.
Mighty Ships will screen on the Seven Network's 7TWO on Saturday 3 December at 6:00pm. The program shows life on board and the work being done by a volunteer crew of more than 460 people in West Africa.
“There are hundreds of Australians who have served as volunteers on one of the ships operated by Mercy Ships over the last 35 years. This hour-long episode on the hospital ship will bring back many memories for them,” says Alan Burrell, Managing Director of Mercy Ships Australia.
Mighty Ships was produced for Discovery Channel Canada, and acquired by the Seven Network in Australia. The Emmy-award winning series is a behind the scenes look at some of the sea's most impressive vessels, from pirate-hunting naval frigates and high-tech ocean dredgers to luxury cruise ships and lethal nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
Among such ships is the Africa Mercy, which docks in the world's poorest nations as volunteers provide free medical care to the poorest of the poor. The ship is equipped with five operating theatres, an 82-bed hospital, state-of-the-art equipment and accommodation for volunteer crew members.
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct medical beneficiaries.
Australian volunteers include surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers and others who donate their time and skills to serve.
The hour-long program will show an emphasis on the needs of the world's poorest nations in West Africa, where the world's largest charity hospital ship, Africa Mercy, provides the platform for free medical services extending up to ten months at a time.
Mighty Ships: Africa Mercy
Africa Mercy is a floating hospital capable of delivering top-notch medical care. You're invited to come aboard on a six-month life and death mission as the ship and her crew bring hope to western Africa, one of the world's poorest regions. For the crew of Africa Mercy, treating the ailing patients will only be half the challenge. In order to reach those who need them, they will have to outsmart faulty technology, outmanoeuvre South Atlantic squalls, and outwit marauding pirates.
Braving the dangerous waters off the western coast of Africa in a converted ferry carrying ship, these volunteers will do whatever it takes to bring their mobile hospital to the people who need it most.
For further information, please contact:
National Office Manager, Mercy Ships Australia