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.
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.
The Africa Mercy ship has been in Guinea for 10 months. Whilst the ship was docked in port, 2002 surgeries and 6416 dental treatments were performed. Also 1052 health professionals were 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 Guinea and that the outreach had been very successful.
- Another pathologist Bill Walker from the USA has got involved and plans to work on board in Senegal at the start of the field service in September this year.
- For the partnership with Spring Harvest, pray that those visiting the Spring Harvest events capture the vision of Mercy Ships and are inspired to support the work of Mercy Ships.
- 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 home.
- People have to finance themselves to get to Africa and pay fees to live and work on the ship so prayer for their fund-raising is appreciated. This support, including that of Holy Trinity, is really appreciated.
- That there will be sufficient volunteers to fill available posts to enable maximum capacity for the surgical work that need to be performed.
- The ship moves to Senegal in mid-August to work; an advance team is there already.
For more information www.mercyships.org