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 summer of 2016.

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

“There is tremendous need and opportunity to deepen our partnership in Madagascar. A second field service gives us the chance to make an even deeper and more meaningful impact in support of the nation’s improving health infrastructure,” stated Mercy Ships Group Managing Director, Donovan Palmer.

The Mercy Ship will continue with surgical projects through this second field service in its areas of expertise including maxillofacial, orthopedic, reconstructive plastics, women’s health, opthalmological and general surgeries. Additionally, the ship will continue to offer healthcare education and training courses for Malagasy medical professionals in dental,  basic surgical skills, and safe obstetric anesthesia. Mentoring of ward nurse and surgeons will also continue.

The Africa Mercy arrived in the port of Toamasina (Tamatave), Republic of Madagascar, on October 25, 2014.