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Don't miss your opportunity to give a Christmas gift that lasts a lifetime to those in real need of your help. Visit our Ship's Store today. We promise it will be the best gift you give this season: https://give.mercyships.org.au/store/
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Yesterday marked the start of week 2 of Mercy Ships patient screenings in Benin. Thousands of people have lined up to see our volunteer medical staff since screenings began last week and crowds are growing each day as word of mouth spreads the news.
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On Thursday the Africa Mercy and her crew finally reached the port they will call home for the next 10 months – the West African country of Benin. Why Benin? Because access to medical care remains beyond the reach of many, with only 6 doctors for every 100,000 people. Mercy Ships is unique in that our floating hospital houses five operating rooms and 82 patient beds, making it capable of travelling to where there’s a need to provide treatment directly to the patients. The Africa Mercy and its crew look forward to meeting and serving the patients of Benin in a very special way.
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In honour of International Nurses Day today we asked some of our amazing Mercy Ships nurses why they love it so much…
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Albertine’s journey with Mercy Ships began over 14 months ago when she attended a screening in Mahajanga in January 2015. Carrying the burden and pain of a tumour that grew from her jaw, Albertine had desperately search for a solution that would remove her tumour and allow her to continue supporting and raising her children.

After successfully removing her tumour during our last field service, Albertine returned this field service to have a new jaw fashioned for her. We have grown to love her smile and wonderful spirit. Although it is tough to say goodbye to her, we are excited for her to return to her husband and two children physically restored and eager to embrace the future.
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Mercy Ships founder Don Stephens is currently visiting our volunteers on board the Africa Mercy in Madagascar. So what does our crew think of the man who started it all?

"We interviewed the founder and president of Mercy Ships today - the guy who dreamed the whole thing up and has seen it through for 35+ years. What a visionary!" - Mercy Ships videographer Kristi Oloffson

Instagram photo by Kristi Oloffson (@kristioloffson).
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Seven years ago, during our last visit to Benin in 2009, Christelle received free surgery to correct her cleft lip. Here she holds a "before" photo of herself. Thanks to the support of friends like you, we can continue providing lasting change in the lives of people who need it the most.
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Maybe you donated, maybe you volunteered, maybe you shared a post with an interested friend, or maybe you sent prayers or warm wishes to our hospital ship in Africa. There are many ways to support Mercy Ships, and none of what we do would be possible without you. From all of us here at Mercy Ships, thank you for your partnership. You make moments like this possible!
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Last Thursday Australian volunteer John Borrow was officially appointed as the the new captain of the Africa Mercy. We are blessed to have Captain John as the new master of our hospital ship and wish him, his wife Lee-Anne, and their sons Sam and Tim well as they enter this new phase of service with Mercy Ships!
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There’s a feeling of anticipation in the air on board the Africa Mercy as the ship gets set to arrive in Benin later today Australian time. Eager crew members are excited to begin their next field service where we plan to provide over 1,700 life-changing surgeries for adult and child patients on board the ship, and treat over 8,000 dental patients at our land-based dental clinic. Benin, we can't wait to see you again!
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Why is mentoring important in Madagascar? “Mentoring is important because students can see how we love our patients; it’s one of the things that the nursing mentoring students will see when they come in. They’ll say to us within the first few days that we really love our patients. We want to impart that to them. We want to teach them to treat each patient as if they were our sister, our mother, our child. We want to teach them that every patient has a right to that and deserves that kind of treatment.” – Krissy Close, Mercy Ships Medical Capacity Building Manager
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If you missed The Surgery Ship earlier this month, tune in tonight at 6.30pm on Foxtel's Nat Geo People.
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Bringing hope and healing to the world's forgotten poor
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Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978, bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilising people and resources worldwide, serving all people without regard for race or religion.

We have transformed the lives of more than 2.48 million people in the least developed countries for over 35 years. Australian surgeons, nurses and other staff volunteer their services and pay for their own expenses so we can treat more people.

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