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Curtailing the Africa Mercy’s assignment in Senegal was a difficult decision.Captain Taylor Perez said the experience of leaving and going into quarantine in Tenerife brought practical and emotional problems for the crew and medics, particularly those from Africa. “For me, it started with an obvious concern for the crew,” Perez told TradeWinds, “but the level
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Departure was devastating, but this big onboard “family” pulled together
Hospital ship volunteers embody this year’s IMO Day of the Seafarer theme The Day of the Seafarer theme that seafarers are key workers is particularly relevant to Mercy Ships, which takes medical help on its converted ferry to some of the neediest parts of the world. IMO secretary general Kitack Lim said he was deeply
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Mercy Ships medics and crew: the epitome of key workers
Mercy Ships is an international organisation bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor. As many as 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia services worldwide, and less than 6% of all operations are delivered to the world’s poorest countries. Ruben Galama worked as a mechanical engineer in The Netherlands,
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Ruben Galama – Mechanical Engineer onboard of the Africa Mercy
The Africa Mercy has meeting and work spaces as well as berths for an average crew of 400 from up to 50 nations serving onboard at any given time. The 16,500-ton vessel has had over 10,000 crew from over 90 countries serve onboard since its deployment in 2007. The 481 berths include 24 family cabins,
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Joe Biney, from Ghana, has been volunteering with Mercy Ships since 1991
The Africa Mercy is the world’s largest nongovernmental hospital ship and is dedicated to serving the continent of Africa. Mercy Ships has an average of 1,300 volunteer crew from more than 50 nations, serving onboard the Africa Mercy each year. Captain Taylor Perez “This is where I am supposed to be. There is no question
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Captain Taylor Perez volunteering onboard of the Africa Mercy
A Chief Officer serving Africa nations onboard our ship with his family. According to the International Chamber of Shipping an estimated 1,647,500 seafarers are serving on merchant ships trading internationally. Mercy Ships has an average of 1,300 volunteer crew, from more than 50 nations, serving each year onboard the Africa Mercy, the largest charity-run hospital
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Rodrigo Silva volunteering on the Africa Mercy

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