Mercy Ships is an international faith-based organisation with a mission to increase access to health care throughout the world. As a Christian charity, Mercy Ships freely serves the poor without regard to race, gender or religion.
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to transform individuals and serve nations, one at a time. Through the deployment of the world’s largest charity hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships works with host nations to help fill the gaps in health care systems, while serving the immediate needs of their population.
The Africa Mercy hospital ship is currently in Cameroon, West Africa, having arrived there in August for a 10 month stay in port. Staff will be performing over 4,000 life-saving operations on board.
Mercy Ships deliver surgical and dental care to those who cannot afford it, or when the surgery they need is not available in Cameroon. Mercy Ships also provides long-term resources and sustainable development. Surgery performed on board includes orthopaedic procedures, cleft repairs, thyroid and head and neck tumour removal. Dental patients are treated and local medical personnel trained.
Ed and Ruth Sheffield help with the provision of a pathology service on the ship. They will be there this month for two weeks to help with medical screening using a rapid on-site diagnostic cytology system. They plan to join the ship in Cameroon next year. When back home Ed uses an internet-based diagnostic system to communicate with the laboratory on board. Prayer points please are:
- For the welcome in Cameroon and the outreach has was very successful
- That another pathologist Bill Walker has got involved and worked on board in September, at the start of the field service.
- For the partnership with Spring Harvest; that those visiting the Spring Harvest events this Easter capture the vision of Mercy Ships and are inspired to support their work.
- People who have stayed for a length of time on the ship can find it difficult to say goodbye to friends they have made and the transition back to their home country can be difficult. Many will be looking for new jobs when they get back.
- People have to finance themselves to get to Africa and pay fees to work on the ship so prayer for their fundraising is appreciated.
- That there will be sufficient numbers of volunteers to fill available posts to enable maximum capacity for the surgical work that needs to be performed.
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