29 Jan Mercy Ships Ups Sustainable Healthcare Development Commitment
Long term UK volunteer becomes Country Director for Senegal
Kirstie’s appointment as Country Director for Senegal comes at a key time and is proof that Mercy Ships is continuing to focus on sustainable development with a committed team to work in Senegal before the Africa Mercy arrives and after the ship has left.
A veteran volunteer of Mercy Ships, Kirstie qualified as a nurse in 1998. With Mercy Ships, she has served in a wide variety of roles since 2003, including Advance Team member, (2014) Hospital Director, (2014-2016) and Medical Capacity Building Director (2016-2018).
“Building relationships is key to our success in using our hospital ship to deliver surgery and training to the people of Senegal. As Mercy Ships continues to aim to improve access to safe surgical care, I am thrilled to be appointed as Country Director and head up the team which will prepare for the ships arrival to Dakar in August 2019. We will strengthen relationships in order to deepen the foundations upon which the ship will work. Together with our host nation of Senegal, we can achieve great things and bring hope to the lives of people who so desperately need it.” Kirstie Randall , Mercy Ships Country Director
Mercy Ships build a five-year relationship with every country we visit, working closely with each government and ministry of health to deliver real, lasting change where it is needed most.
Mercy Ships operates the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, delivering free, safe medical care to some of the world’s poorest countries. This floating hospital is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, who give their expertise for free to help treat dental and eye problems, cleft lips and palates, tumours, club feet, childbirth injuries, burns and a variety of other conditions.
Mercy Ships also train and mentor local professionals in a wide range of specialisms, including anaesthesia, midwifery, orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery, equipment maintenance, and leadership. We have also trained more than 6,315 healthcare professionals to train others.