2007 - Present
Acquired in 1999 by Mercy Ships, this ship was transformed from a railway ferry into a hospital ship, and exceeds the capacity of the 3 previous ships combined. Until recently, it was the largest civilian hospital ship in the world, with five operating theatres and an 82-bed hospital ward.
Facilities and Features
The hospital includes five operating theatres, recovery, intensive care and low dependency wards, with a total of 80 patient beds.
Surgical capacity on board: ~7,000 operations per year.
Featured instruments: CT scan, X-ray, laboratory services, a Nikon Coolscope for remote diagnosis.
Data transmission: The on-board satellite communication system transmits diagnostics and other data.
In addition to surgeries performed on board, teams on board serve local villages by providing a wide range of services to improve health and well-being, including
- Dental Clinics
- Medical Clinics
- Community health education
- Training in construction and agriculture
El Africa Mercy dispone de espacios de reunión y trabajo, así como de literas para una tripulación media de 450 personas. Incluye 26 camarotes familiares, 25 camarotes para parejas y 2 literas, y el resto consta de camarotes de 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, y 10 camas.
- Automatic sprinkler system located in all accommodation and hospital areas
- Smoke detector system pinpoints the exact location of any fires
- CO₂ gas flooding system and “Hi Fog” system control localised machine fires
- 24-hour security guards, metal detector and detection devices
- CCTV monitors. Critical spaces closed 24 hours a day