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US-based hospital ship service provider Mercy Ships has become one of the 50 semi-finalists, who will compete for the Drucker Prize to be awarded by the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, US, in September.  

Selected from a total of 495 nonprofit applicants, Mercy Ships will participate in round two, where they will learn from various leaders involved in the social sector.

They will also demonstrate their future plan to use innovative ideas in the hospital ships sector.

"One organisation will win $100,000 in the end, but everyone will walk away with powerful new knowledge."

In the first-round, the semi-finalists were judged on the basis of their performance that could lead to make changes in the lives of the people they serve.

Drucker Institute executive director Zach First said: “One organisation will win $100,000 in the end, but everyone will walk away with powerful new knowledge.”

Mercy Ships has been providing hospital ships as well as direct medical services and surgical training in the developing countries since 1978.

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During each field service, the volunteer crew conducts nearly 1,800-2,000 surgeries.

So far, more than 38,000 local healthcare professionals have received healthcare training through Mercy Ships.

Mercy Ships international programmes vice-president Tracy Swope said: “Mercy Ships strives to continuously innovate, to analyse and implement best practices, and to evaluate our programmes so that we make the greatest transformational change in a host country and their healthcare system.”

To date, the group has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.2bn, treating more than 2.54 million direct beneficiaries.

Every year Mercy Ships receives more than 1,600 volunteers including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers and others from 45 nations.

Image: Mercy Ships provides hospital ships service in developing nations. Photo: courtesy of: Mercy Ships.