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Rolls-Royce to support international medical charity Mercy Ships

Rolls-Royce announced support for Mercy Ships, an international charity with the mission to increase global access to healthcare through a fleet of hospital ships. Rolls-Royce will provide a comprehensive service offering for the equipment aboard the Africa Mercy, as well as access to world-class Rolls-Royce training facilities and direct financial support.

Mercy Ships bring free, quality medical care to the poorest nations of the world using their unique converted ferry Africa Mercy.  The largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, her features include five operating theatres and 82 patient beds with an annual capacity of approximately 7,000 surgical procedures.  Through 578 port visits in 70 nations, Mercy Ships have touched more than 2.4 million patients, including over 67,000 life-changing surgeries.

This partnership with Rolls-Royce will help to ensure the continued, uninterrupted operation of Africa Mercy.  Andy Marsh, Rolls-Royce, President of Marine Services, said:  “Rolls-Royce are honoured and excited to support the mission of Mercy Ships and see this partnership as an opportunity for Rolls-Royce to use our marine equipment expertise and dedicated people to enhance the tremendous work Mercy Ships performs in caring for the underprivileged around the globe."

Russ Holmes, Mercy Ships Director of Corporate Relations, said: "Partnering with Rolls-Royce provides us the opportunity to keep our hospital ship, Africa Mercy maintained to the highest standard so that we can continue providing healthcare to the poorest of the poor. It also gives Rolls-Royce employees the chance to be a part of what we do. We are so thankful for their support."

Rolls-Royce is committed to making a positive difference to the communities in which it operates, enabling its vision of ‘Better Power for a Changing World'.

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, treating more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 35 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time.

Source: Rolls-Royce


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