Mercy Ships To Stay In Madagascar

Mercy Ships executive board has confirmed acceptance of an invitation by the government of Madagascar to continue serving the people of this island nation with the services of its hospital ship the Africa Mercy through the summer of 2016.

Operations on board are expected to take a short pause from mid-June through the end of July 2015 while the ship undergoes yearly maintenance work in Durban, South Africa. The second field service for the ship is expected to begin again from early August through mid-2016.

The Mercy Ship will continue with surgical projects through this second field service, its areas of expertise including maxillofacial, orthopaedic, plastics, women’s health, and general surgeries. Additionally dental, health care education and training courses for Malagasy medical professionals including basic surgical skills, a safe obstetric anesthesia course, ward nurse and surgeon mentoring will also continue through to the second field service.

The Mercy Ship arrived into the port of Toamasina (Tamatave), Republic of Madagascar, October 25, 2014