The Africa Mercy has arrived in Cameroon
The world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, operated by Mercy Ships, has docked in the port city of Douala, Cameroon, to begin a season of service to this Central African nation. Over the next ten months, Mercy Ships will provide free specialized surgeries and healthcare services to the people of Cameroon.
The Africa Mercy sailed into the port city after a hiatus for annual maintenance in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, and was welcomed into port by a crowd of well-wishers.
Warrie Blackburn, Managing Director of the Africa Mercy said “With the ship’s arrival in Douala, we celebrate the commencement of a field service that has been years in the making. This historic event has been made possible through a unique partnership between Mercy Ships and the government of Cameroon, supported by the commitment and dedication of the Mercy Ships family and partners in Cameroon. It is a great honor to be here, to love and to serve the people of Cameroon in the model of Jesus. We look forward with great anticipation to all that will take place here in the next 10 months.”
A large number of local doctors, nurses and other medical staff will also receive training and courses through Mercy Ships care during the ten months. Mercy Ships Medical Capacity Building Programs foster transformational development within the healthcare structure of our host nation. After collaborating with our hosts, these projects were specifically developed to impart knowledge and skills, while modeling and encouraging compassion and a professional work ethic. We incorporate one-on-one mentoring opportunities and a large number of local doctors, nurses and other medical staff so that, together, we will be able to impact and bolster the Cameroonian healthcare system long after the ship has departed.