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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


This little boy stole the nurses hearts when they met him.  Cute, funny and always wanting to be the centre of attention, he has no idea that his bowed legs are supposed to slow him down!  He was amongst  the final orthopaedic surgeries.  
Following his surgery he was a little grumpy for a few days but it wasn't long before he was back to his cute self by the end of the week.  His Dad expressed his gratitude by saying "Thank you so much for what you are doing here.  You have helped so many.  This room was full earlier this week.  My son has straight legs again and he is not the only one!  He and the others will have a chance to be just like the other kids.  Thank you!"
Above is the team that makes these little straight legs happen.  Pray for them as they continue to carry out physiotherapy to get these legs working well.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world covering 226,000 square miles.  With so much distance to cover and limited roads, reaching our patients to bring hope and healing has been quite the challenge!  In some cases it could take days to travel to Tamatave where we are located.  Enter this beautiful Cessna pictured here.
No, this is not a new addition to the Mercy Ships fleet, but we have partnered with Mission Aviation Fellowship to transport patients located in remote regions to the ship.  This Cessna can carry 0 to 12 patients at a time allowing journeys that could take days by vehicle to be done in as little as 1-3 hours.  MAF Madagascar has been working here for 25 years and we look forward to partnering with them over the next year.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our Transportation Department

I thought this would be a great blog to share with you all from our Transportation Manager.  It's amazing what it takes to run this organisation but there is a lot we couldn't do without our amazing transportation team.  Click on the picture below to read all about life on "road" with Joe.
 Joe's transportation blog

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Food for Life

Many of the diseases the Africa Mercy treats are diseases of poverty and malnutrition. what if we could help change that?

Our Food for Life program has that exact goal in mind.  By teaching agriculture skills through biblical principles, the Food for Life program changes the way people eat by teaching them the importance of nutrition.  In a five month course, 30 Malagasy will learn a variety of skills including farming, yoghurt making and raising small animals, all in an effort to build a healthy population for tomorrow.  On 11 April we look forward to their graduation.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Midwives Training

In Madagascar, hospitals are not always accessible to everyone.   Many women choose to deliver at home with the help of midwives.  But what happens when something goes wrong?  What resources can midwives count on?

Several will now be able to count on a little more knowledge.  Mercy Ships, in collaboration with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland recently offered a 3 day course to midwives, nurses and doctors in the capital city of Antananarivo.  the course include hands-on practice in intubation as well as discussion groups for difficult deliveries.

For many medical professionals it was an opportunity to practice intubation and patient care on mannequins and not cadavers as they normally do.