As COVID-19 continues to progress, Mercy Ships is more dedicated than ever to the continued safety of our patients and volunteer crew.
The current situation of COVID-19, highlighted by the W.H.O.'s announcement of the designation of COVID-19 as a pandemic and the increasing travel restrictions applied by several countries, have made it increasingly difficult for Mercy Ships to continue to carry out its programs to the required standards, while protecting against the possible spread of the virus.
Therefore, in line with the measures taken by the President of Senegal with the Ministry of Health, Mercy Ships has decided to scale back the programmatic operations of our mission in Senegal to the basic functions we need to care for our current patients and safely operate a ship.
While we regret these measures, we are convinced that they are necessary for the safety and well-being of all concerned.
What this means for you:
- Current Crew: the Human Resources team onboard is working with current crew to identify a path forward for each volunteer, based on their position and departure plans.
- Incoming Crew: our Staffing Team is working with incoming crew on a case-by-case basis, based on their position and travel plans.
- Accepted Crew: our Staffing Team will work with accepted crew concerning future service dates, based on how our service capacity and schedule changes in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned.
- Alumni: you can expect a newsletter forthcoming from your Mercy Ships alumni contact. Please stay tuned.
- Talent Pool: you can expect a newsletter forthcoming from our Staffing Team. Please stay tuned.
As we face these challenging events, we would like to thank you for your ongoing prayers and support for Mercy Ships and our mission to bring hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor.
If you have immediate questions, please contact us at [email protected]
Together, we can bring hope and healing.
Fyi, the ship shop does not always have adapters for the cabin outlets. I bought the wrong kind before I left the U.S. Here is what you need:
I have waited a month for some to appear for sale. My cabinmates have shared, thank goodness!
The packing list on this site was perfectly helpful.
Enjoy your service!
Anyone worked in these areas onboard? Any thoughts welcomed 🤔
Interested in serving as a Medical Laboratory Technologist with Mercy Ships? Check out this blog from Colleen Conley, the Laboratory Programs Manager at Mercy Ships!
Colleen oversees all laboratory activities and technical decisions, supports staff, and provides procurement of lab supplies.
Q: What does a typical day look like as a Med Lab Tech on board the Africa Mercy?
- 1-2 techs start at 0830 to open the lab: includes instrument start up/daily QC and taking temperatures
- Any labs that need to be drawn from the wards or for the OR come in first thing
- The screening team draws as many labs as possible in the morning, these come in batches typically 5-10 patients per batch
- The tech coming in at 1000 is the tech on-call for the week and they are responsible for doing any microbiology work
- If time allows a short break can be taken around 1000
- As time allows, each tech gets a 1 hour lunch break starting between 1130-1300 (when the dining room serves food)
- Work continues throughout the afternoon depending on what needs to be done and what is happening with the surgeries for that day
- When possible the lab takes a break with the rest of Hospital Support Services team members at 1500.
- The lab is open until 1700. If there is more work to be done beyond that time then the tech on-call is responsible for finishing up and locking up the lab.
Throughout the day:
- Crew members drop off any samples/come by for blood draws
- Blood draws for donors as needed
- Blood draws for other needs
- Lab is covered by call 24 hours a day 7 days a week when the hospital is open
- The 4 staff techs share the pager in a one week rotation (Monday—Monday) (so every 4th week expect to be on-call, sometimes more as needed)
- If the tech on-call wants to spend time off ship during their week on-call they are responsible for finding someone to cover (staff is typically very willing to help cover pager duties)
- The tech on-call comes in on the weekends to do any testing from the wards and to finish up any microbiology testing. Typical hours are 1000-1200 or until the work is finished.
- The on-call tech gets to have a day off during the week the week after their call shift
Have any questions about this role? Post them below!
Medical Staffing Manager
I am happy and grateful to God who has made it possible for me to be considered worthy to work and serve with this wonderful organization and amazing people, My name is Emmanuel Ogba Ndukwe Kalu, and i have just been informed that i am qualified to volunteer with Mercy Ships as a Dining room staff, However, am a bit nervous as for how it will look like to volunteer with Mercy Ships, because it is my first time to volunteer outside my geographical entity. Anyone with experience should please share with me. Thank you so much as you accept me to be a member of this great family, Though am so optimistic and exited because it will be a platform through which i can meet people from different parts of the world with different views and experience of life. hope am welcomed?
We are excited to announce we will be returning to Liberia in 2020!
As we prepare to begin scheduling for this next field service, we wanted to make the surgical specialty schedules available for your reference. Scheduling surveys for most medical and surgical volunteers will be sent in the next few days!
(Please note, not all volunteers will receive a survey. The surveys are used if we have a lot of roles to fill and/or if we have a lot of interest in a particular role.)
Schedules are below. Let us know if you have any questions by commenting on this discussion!
Hope to see you in Liberia!