Over 50% of the population lives within 100 miles of the coast. Many nations lack clean water, reliable electricity, medical facilities and personnel. Our ships deliver a state-of-the-art hospital to port cities, providing a controlled, safe and clean environment for patients—and volunteers.
Mercy Ships began sailing on our mission to provide hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor in 1978. Each year, we’ve been able to reach more people to provide life-changing surgeries.
In 2016 Mercy Ships surgeons performed 1,682 surgeries for adult and child patients, 1017 Ponseti club foot procedures, treated 7,547 dental patients and supported 48 palliative care patients. Every port brings new challenges, new successes—and new lives transformed forever.