The Africa Mercy arrives in Madagascar

Crowds joyfully welcome the arrival of the Africa Mercy in Madagascar

The Africa Mercy arrives in Madagascar

We’re delighted to announce that the Africa Mercy arrived in the Port of Toamasina, Madagascar, 1 February 2024.

After braving the waters of the Atlantic during typhoon season, the joyful crew was welcomed with dancing and singing by many awaiting their arrival at the dock.

“The crew of the Africa Mercy are incredibly excited to have arrived in Madagascar,” shared Nathan Jansen, Africa Mercy Managing Director. “Many have been preparing for this day for many months, and today we celebrate the faithfulness of God to provide safe passage from South Africa.”

Bringing hope and healing

Along the sandy shores of Toamasina city, live some of the warmest, most welcoming people you’ll ever meet.

The surgical need is great here. Most families live on less than £2 a day. More than 9 out of 10 people in Madagascar would face financial ruin if they had to pay for surgery today.

Over the coming 10 months, Mercy Ships will offer surgical training for healthcare professionals, and life-changing surgeries from May.

Islanders are being urged to wait to hear on local radio stations about regional patient selection opportunities in their area for certain conditions, rather than to make their way to the ship where no selections are happening.

The Africa Mercy recently underwent extensive renovations in South Africa.

The Africa Mercy recently underwent extensive renovations in South Africa.

The arrival of the Africa Mercy in Madagascar marks the beginning of a new season, as we now have two hospital ships running at the same time.

Thanks to the generosity of many Mercy Ships friends around the world, the Africa Mercy was fully refurbished in South Africa. Our volunteer crew upgraded the hospital, installed new medical equipment, and built an onboard pharmacy, to get the ship ready to serve for many years to come.

Over the next few months, we look forward to serving patients on board with an even higher quality of care than before.

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A lifelong impact

Vanya, one of our former patients in Madagascar

Vanya, one of our former patients in Madagascar.

Mercy Ships’ partnership and impact in Madagascar runs deep. We’ve been invited to the nation three times before.

Recently, we went back to visit one of our former patients, Vanya. When we last saw Vanya in 2015, she was an 11-year-old who struggled to walk. With two legs that had bent outwards from malnutrition, she was living her life on the sidelines.

But with the arrival of the Africa Mercy in Madagascar, free surgery was within her reach.

Vanya’s time on board opened the door to a new future. Now, this 19-year-old young woman is running her own successful sewing business.

Her mum’s eyes filled with grateful tears when she talked about Vanya’s life before surgery – and her life today. Vanya smiled as she told us, “Thank you very much for what you’ve done.”

We hope many more patients like Vanya will find hope and healing on board the Africa Mercy in Madagascar over the coming months.

Could you join us onboard our hospital ships, and help transform lives? With two ships now running at the same time, we need more hands on deck than ever before.

Find your place onboard today.