Mercy Ships Announces the Global Mercy, World’s Largest NGO Hospital Ship

Over 16 million people die each year due to lack of surgical care; Mercy Ships builds a response to this world problem for the future

In addition to providing surgeries, the Global Mercy will be outfitted with state-of-the-art training spaces including a simulation lab with virtual and augmented reality, mannequins and other training tools and simulated post-op care space, which allow trainers to simulate local conditions and limitations in order to teach best practices in low-resource environments.

The 174-meter, 37,000-ton ship will have six operating rooms and house over 600 volunteers from around the globe representing many disciplines including surgeons, maritime crew, cooks, teachers, electricians, the host staff and more. The ship will also feature a 682-seat auditorium, student academy, gymnasium, pool, café, shop and library – all of which have been designed to accommodate up to 950 crew onboard when docked in port.

The Global Mercy will join the current flagship Africa Mercy, more than doubling the impact of volunteers and services provided by the charity.

 

 

Hospital area 7’000 m2

Hospital wards - Deck 4

Surgical suite - Deck 3

Crew facilities include

Auditorium682 seatGymnasium
Academy125 studentCafe & Shop
Patient Capacity199 volunteersPool
Surgical Suite6 Operating roomLibrary

All pre-operative and post-operative work include

Radiologywith X-Ray & CT Scan
Screening/Admissions
Rehab
Outpatient care

Training spaces include

Simulation Laab with
Virtual & Augmented reality
Simulated Post op Care Space
Mannequins & Other Training Tools
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FAQ
What is a simulation lab?

The simulation lab will allow trainers to simulate local conditions & limitations in order to teach best practices in low-resource environments. Training opportunities include:

• Post-op scenario training for nursing teams
• Surgical technical teams basic skills training
• Basic surgical skills training to prepare trainees for live surgical experience
• Live surgical mentoring in selected high demand, elective procedures

Will Mercy Ships operate in areas where the pandemic is present and/or surging? If not, then are they truly committed to their mission to help those in need?

It is clear that the underdeveloped countries we typically serve are in need of stronger healthcare systems that currently do not have the resources and capacity to help those in need.

As soon as we are able to return to normal operations, Mercy Ships will be committed to continuing to serve those in need while also keeping the safety of our crew, volunteers, staff and patients at the forefront of our concern. We will remain as diligent as possible to avoid contamination and ensure adequate care is available – while still fulfilling our mission to provide free surgical care to those who do not have access to it and to build robust healthcare systems for the future.

Why is it important that Mercy Ships continues to support our West and Central African partners amidst COVID-19?

9 million people die every year due to the lack of access to safe, timely and affordable surgery.

Healthcare systems have proven to be even more fragile and limited due to the pandemic. COVID-19 has collapsed aspects of health systems within even the strongest developed countries – despite them having more resources, access to clean water and widespread hygiene measures.

What changes will be made on your ships to promote the safety of your volunteers and staff?

We will take all necessary steps to enhance safety measures for our volunteers, staff and patients.

Peter Linz, our International Chief Medical Officer, is working with our Medical Staff, outside experts and in concert with other International NGOs to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We are taking guidance from national health authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to modify our programmatic design and procedures so as to take every precaution to ensure the safety of Mercy Ships patients, staff and volunteers.

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Overview of all the technical details of our new ship in construction

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Timelapse Global Mercy

Newly-built ship under construction overview