Rolls-Royce has agreed to deliver comprehensive equipment services support for the non-governmental hospital ship MV Africa Mercy, which is operated by international charity organisation Mercy Ships.
As part of the support, Rolls-Royce will also provide access to its training facilities and direct financial support, while ensuring continued and uninterrupted operation of the ship.
Mercy Ships aims to increase global access to free, healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those living in the developing world, through a fleet of hospital ships.
Mercy Ships corporate relations director Russ Holmes 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."
The MV Africa Mercy was originally built for use as a ferry, but was converted and acquired by Mercy Ships in 1999 to bring free, quality medical care to the poorest nations of the world.
Claimed to be the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, MV Africa Mercy features five operating theatres, 82 patient beds and the capacity to perform around 7,000 surgical procedures a year.
Mercy Ships was founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, and has worked in more than 70 countries providing services worth in excess of $1bn, as well as treating more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries.
The organisation manages more than 1,600 volunteers from over 35 nations each year.
Image: The Africa Mercy was acquired by Mercy Ships in 1999. Photo: courtesy of Mercy Ships.