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Bringing Hope and Healing

Mercy Ships brings transformational health care, relief aid and community support to some of the most impoverished people on earth, meeting their immediate and long-term needs.

Our multi-national volunteers and staff on our hospital ships and in our field locations and national offices work to meet the immediate and long-term needs of individuals and communities, bringing strength and self-sustaining capacity to developing nations. Mercy Ships freely serves the poor without regard to race, gender or religion.

In addition to the thousands of free specialized surgeries offered onboard the ships, community development projects take place in the surrounding villages in collaboration with local partners. These sustainable programs target areas of health, education, water and agriculture. 

Program & Service Statistics

With offices in 16 nations, Mercy Ships operates hospital ships serving some of the poorest developing nations of the world. The Africa Mercy is the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, and is dedicated to the continent of Africa. The success of the Africa Mercy project gives us confidence to further expand our fleet (in the coming years). Mercy Ships has some 1,200 volunteer career staff and crew from 40 nations and more than 2,000 short-term volunteers annually.

Mercy Ships programs promote health and well-being by empowering developing nations through capacity building and by meeting the urgent surgical needs of the world’s forgotten poor. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has had more than 2.35 million direct beneficiaries and has provided services and materials in developing nations valued at more than $1 billion, including the following:

  • Performed more than 61,000 life-changing and life-saving operations such as cleft lip and palate repairs. cataract removals and lens implants, orthopaedic procedures, facial reconstructions and obstetric fistula repairs.
  • Treated more than 539,000 patients in village clinics, including 109,000 dental patients receiving 278,000 dental procedures.
  • Trained 5770 local health-care teachers who have in turned trained many others.
  • Trained 29,400 local professionals in their areas of expertise (anesthesiology, midwifery, sterilization, orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery, leadership)
  • Taught some 150,000 villagers in basic health care.
  • Completed more than 1100 community development projects, focusing on water and sanitation, education, health, infrastructure development, and agriculture.
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Kossi walks in for a follow-up visit

Mercy Ships provided some 1200 free surgeries to the people of Togo during our 2012 field service. Patients from the previous 2010 field...

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