A Beacon of Hope
Last week, medical ship Jubilee Hope sailed into Plantation Pontoon outside Glasgow Science Centre. With the help of engineers at BAE Systems, charity The Vine Trust has converted the ex-Royal Navy ship into a floating hospital. The vessel will undertake an 8,009 nautical mile journey to Lake Victoria where volunteer medical professionals will help people who have little or no access to a meaningful health service.
During its farewell event from the Clyde I was lucky enough to be invited on board for a tour of the facilities and to hear about the project. The ship itself, the renovation and refitting of the medical equipment, and its travel plans are amazing (its journey involves getting split in half to journey 500 miles across land before being reassembled).
The Jubilee Hope is a prime example of how professionals from different sectors of the STEM industry can work together on a life-changing project. Thanks to engineers from BAE Systems who donated their time and resources and volunteer medical professionals, it is estimated that 100,000 people will receive medical treatment on the ship.
Here we spoke with Robert Alexander of The Vine Trust:
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