About this blog

My name is Linden. I am taking a year off from my training as an anaesthetic doctor in London to work in Madagascar with a team from Mercy Ships and Lifebox. I will be posting updates and reflection on this blog.

Although I am currently serving with Mercy Ships, everything communicated here strictly reflects my personal opinions and is neither reviewed nor endorsed by Mercy Ships. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Mercy Ships

For the first time in history, you’re more likely to be killed by a surgically-treatable condition than an infectious disease. However millions of people around the world don’t have access to safe surgery and anaesthesia that can save and transform lives. Mercy Ships and Lifebox are two organisations working hard to see that picture change.

The charity Mercy Ships run the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. She is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and brings medical care to some of the world’s poorest people.  I will be joining her during her second field service in Madagascar.

After 2 weeks in the operating theatres on board the ship, I will spend the next several months travelling in a small team of local and international volunteers from Mercy Ships partnering with the NGO Lifebox. We will be bringing vital medical equipment and team training to hospitals all across Madagascar, supporting them in providing safer surgery and anaesthesia.

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