Elta Fans Donation Helps Mercy Ships Solve Hospital Heat Problem


When Mercy Ships decided to increase the airflow in the CAT scanner room on board its hospital ship, ‘Africa Mercy’, the international charity turned to Elta Fans’ Applied Technology division for help.

The ‘Africa Mercy’ operates in hot and humid climates in Africa making it challenging to keep the medical spaces cool, this is particularly difficult in the CAT scanner room. Adding to this problem, in 2013 Mercy Ships installed a new CT scanner which produces a lot more heat than the older model. To adequately remove the heat build up and bring in cooled air, a more powerful fan was required.

Sales Engineers at Elta produced three viable options and presented them to Mercy Ships’ procurement manager, Steve Cook. Mr Cook and his engineering team decided on Elta’s Viper, inline centrifugal fan SCC350-1AC. After learning more about the charitable work Mercy Ships does throughout the world, as well as the time and services given up by the medical professionals, Elta decided to donate all of the equipment free of charge to help further support the charity’s operations. The ‘Africa Mercy’, operated by Mercy Ships is the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, providing free healthcare services to those living in developing countries, where the services of professional medical staff are needed most.

The ship is currently docked in Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries, with only two physicians and three hospital beds available for every 10,000 people. To many thousands of people, Mercy Ships represents the difference between life and death. The ‘Africa Mercy’ started life as a Danish rail ferry and was subsequently converted into a hospital ship with six operating theatres and recovery rooms.

The crew are all volunteers bringing their expertise as surgeons, doctors, nurses, dentists, engineers, caterers and cleaners. Not only do they volunteer, they also have to raise their own funds through sponsorship in order to serve. Commenting on the contribution from Elta Fans, Steve Cook said “With this great donation we can ensure that the environment for the medical staff and patients will be more pleasant. It will also add to the longevity of this critical piece of medical equipment for the service it provides. Working in partnership with companies like Elta, helps to support Mercy Ships’ mission to bring hope and healing to those we serve.”

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, impacting more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on For further information from Mercy Ships, please contact Sophie Watson on 020 7710 0020 or Rachel Woodford on 0141 220 6040 at Media House International. .