I found this great article that talked about the Africa Mercy. I love the ending of the article and I think it says a LOT about the impact the Africa Mercy had, not only to the people she served, but also to the everyday South Africans her crew came in contact with...
A number of the team went off to provide medical services in selected parts of the country. This included dental clinics in rural parts of KwaZulu Natal, while another group of specialists teamed up with The Fred Hollowes Foundation South Africa and the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Health to bring eye care and cataract surgery to people with little or no access to medical care. The team worked in several parts of the Eastern Cape.
With news that the ship was nearing the end of her repairs most of the staff and crew of 450 have returned to the ship as she prepares to sail out of the port that has been her home for the past five months. The sight of the big white hospital ship filling the quayside at Bayhead is going to be missed, as will not doubt all those who lived and worked in South Africa throughout the refit, providing health care from a sense of giving and compassion, while looking for no reward. Bon voyage, Africa Mercy, and as the Scots are known to say, “Will ye no come back again?”
The full article is posted at HERE! (Scroll about halfway down the page)