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Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships is an international humanitarian organization founded in 1978 in Switzerland.
It is active in developing countries, more specifically in Africa since 1990.
Knowing that more than 5 billion people worldwide have no access to surgical interventions, its hospital ships travel in developing countries to offer high level surgical and dental care to those in need. You can watch here a short video on the Mercy Ships’ response to global surgical need.
Its mission:
• provide highly specialized surgical services and dental care for free
• strengthen the skills of local medical staff to enable sustainable development of the sector
Mercy Ships is also developing agricultural training programs for families and disadvantaged communities to improve the quality of their food and thus improve their health.
Since its creation, Mercy Ships worked in over 70 countries, providing more than 70,000 surgeries and medical assistance to more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries.
Currently, one hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, is active. The Africa Mercy is the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world. It is located in Cameroon, serving in a mission from August 2017 to June 2018.

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As’trame Foundation

The As'trame Foundation works in Switzerland, in the cantons of Vaud and Geneva.

Mission statement: to help families in crisis, in situations where family bonds have been broken as a result of illness, parental separation, or bereavement, placing the physical and/or psychological well-being of children and adults at risk.

As'trame offers a non-medicalised, pyscho-social approach to treat trauma arising from broken bonds.
As'trame helps families and more specifically children, through individual therapy and therapy in groups formed around siblings or children of the same age.

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MORNING STAR CENTER

Morning Star Center (MSC) works in Vietnam.

Mission statement:
to provide a system of early detection of mental disease* and early intervention in order to improve the quality of life and social integration of mentally handicapped children irrespective of their economic situation**.
to enable parents and the community to become aware of the abilities of mentally disabled children.

*MSC makes a diagnosis and takes care of children with mental and physical handicaps, as well as some psychiatric pathologies (Down syndrome, autism, attention deficit…).

In a country where mental illness is still a taboo, MSC enables handicapped children and children with learning disabilities to come out of their isolation and develop at their own pace, surrounded by teams of specialised therapists.

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IRIS- International Resources for the Improvement of Sight

IRIS works directly in Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It also supports programmes managed by other NGOs in India and Thailand.

Mission statement: to prevent blindness and restore vision.

IRIS was founded to meet the need for ophthalmological care in among the poorest populations of Cambodia. Over the years, the financial support was extended to ophthalmological care programmes in Nepal, Laos and Sri Lanka.

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Maison Chance

The NGO Maison Chance works in Vietnam.

Mission statement: to help the most underprivileged children from Ho-Chi-Minh as well as handicapped people to become autonomous and integrated in society.

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