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Donnie Brown, CLIA's director of technical and regulatory affairs, environmental and health, interacts with a child being treated aboard Africa Mercy in Madagascar (Photo: Mercy Ships)

Digital kiosk at CLIA booth will bring Mercy Ships' work to life

Mercy Ships, the Charity of Choice for Cruise Lines International Association, will have a poignant presence at Seatrade Cruise Global.

A digital kiosk located at the CLIA booth will give people the opportunity to explore patient stories, get an overview of Mercy Ships and learn about volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved.

Mercy Ships operates floating hospitals that provide life-changing surgeries to those without access to healthcare in developing nations. The organization will be represented at Seatrade Cruise Global by Russ Holmes and Bobby Baker, who work in development/corporate relations.

Last month Holmes and Baker accompanied a small group of cruise industry visitors headed by CLIA acting ceo Cindy D'Aoust who traveled to the hospital ship Africa Mercy in Madagascar. There they witnessed the work of the all-volunteer surgeons, nurses and shipboard personnel, interacted with patients and their families and even viewed surgeries.

Ashore they toured training and treatment programs and improved hospital facilities, all fostered by Mercy Ships, that will have a lasting healthcare legacy in the country.

'The number of lives the organization changes every day is remarkable, and doctors and healthcare providers who donate their time are making a real impact in the world,' said David Levin, ceo of Four Winds Interactive, a cruise industry supplier and CLIA Executive Partner who went on the trip.

At Seatrade Cruise Global the Mercy Ships digital kiosk will be at the CLIA booth, No. 1003.

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