Documentary series about Mercy Ships wins the Association for International Broadcasting Awards

Documentary series about Mercy Ships wins the Association for International Broadcasting Awards

Dramatic series The Surgery Ship about the work of Mercy Ships wins prize for Best Human Interest Documentary at AIB Awards, London.

Londres/Lausanne, 10.11.2017 – Mercy Ships is delighted to announce that The Surgery Ship won the award for Best Human Interest Documentary at the Association for International Broadcasting Awards in London last night. The Surgery Ship follows life onboard the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, which is operated by international charity Mercy Ships. The ship offers free, life-transforming surgery, medical care and training to people along the West African coast.

The series was chosen as the winner from an international shortlist that included Channel 4 and Channel 5 shows, as well as programmes from Denmark, the Republic of Korea and Belgium.  Series Producer Madeleine Hetherton said: “I’m delighted to receive this award - we are immensely proud of the series. Documenting the extraordinary work of Mercy Ships has been a privilege and we hope it continues to be seen widely.”

Mercy Ships UK Executive Director Lea Milligan said: “We are hugely excited that The Surgery Ship has won this award. We would like to thank National Geographic for commissioning the series, and Media Stockade for doing such a fantastic job at capturing the work of the heroic volunteers on our hospital ship. I am confident that this will lead to The Surgery Ship being aired more widely, and that it will help us to expand our family of Mercy Ships supporters who make our work possible.”

Commissioned by National Geographic Channel and broadcast around the world as a series of eight episodes, The Surgery Ship follows the dramatic story of the volunteer medics onboard the Africa Mercy as they face profound professional and emotional challenges. Often moved by the courage of their patients, the team battles conditions seldom seen in the Western world. Ingenuity and innovative techniques are required to heal life-threatening tumours, deformed limbs, congenital defects and severe burns. For many, the Africa Mercy is their last hope.

The Surgery Ship was made with the support of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and produced by Media Stockade

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Find out more about Mercy Ships –

Madeleine Hetherton, series Producer: +61 0408 622 203
René Progin, Mercy Ships Switzerland communications manager: 021 654 32 10
René Lehmann, Mercy Ships Switzerland executive Director: 031 812 40 32


About Mercy Ships Switzerland

Mercy Ships, hospital ships to provide surgical care

5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate access to surgical interventions.

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Every year, Mercy Ships provides more than 2'000 free surgical interventions and 8'000 dental treatments to those without access in developing countries. Mercy Ships also works with host nations to help fill the gaps in healthcare systems through training opportunities and infrastructure projects.

Founded in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 55 developing countries, providing services valued at more than CHF1.7 billion and provided over 100'000 surgical procedures.

Our ships are crewed by volunteers from over 50 nations, with an average of over 2'000 volunteers each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills.

With 16 national offices and an Africa Bureau, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations. For more information click on

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