Joan Kotze

“I like to encourage,” says Joan. “That’s me – I’m an encourager.” “Would you like to learn how to tie a suture?” says Joan Kotze (ZAF), winking at me from behind a makeshift operating table set up in E ward of the Africa Mercy. Dr. Romaric, a Beninise surgeon...

Isabelle’s Journey

Isabelle lives in a small village in the mountainous center in the far north of Madagascar. The surrounding harsh terrain makes the area almost inaccessible, especially during the wet season when the dirt roads become mires of red mud. The 13-year-old loves her...

Isabelle’s Journey

Isabelle lives in a small village in the mountainous center in the far north of Madagascar. The surrounding harsh terrain makes the area almost inaccessible, especially during the wet season when the dirt roads become mires of red mud. The 13-year-old loves her...

Watch Episode 1 of this 8 part series on NatGeo on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 22:40 A unique hospital ship offering life saving surgery sets sail for the poorest of the poor in Africa. They have just one year to do the impossible – to provide the care these people...

Surgical Need

Mercy Ships provides surgeries on board hospital ship, Africa Mercy, for the poorest of the poor in developing nations. Local medical professionals are trained to improve the quality of healthcare in their country.

Beautiful Straight Feet!

Michelle Pullen, South African, is a Physical Therapist serving on board the Africa Mercy, working with patients like Prinscio. Prinscio was two when he took his first steps, walking on the tops of his twisted feet. Born with bilateral club feet, he developed this...

“Love Changed My Life”

‘Minette was 11 years old when a small tumour started growing at the back of her head. She is one of the 4 billion people in the world who has no access to affordable safe surgery. The tumour was not uncommon, but it kept on growing because she had nowhere to go for...

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