Mercy Ships is an international humanitarian organization committed to providing free quality health care for those who cannot afford it. Since 1978 our hospital ships have sailed to impoverished nations to perform free surgeries and provide training. On board, more than 400 volunteers - doctors, nurses, engineers, photographers, teachers, cooks and more give their time and skills to bring hope and healing to those in need.

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surgical procedures performed since 1978.

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Surgeries begin in Dakar!

On September 10th, the first patients of the Mercy Ships 2019-20 field service walked up the gangway
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Mercy Ships Canada is Hiring

Do you want a career that helps transform lives? Come work with us! Mercy Ships Canada is currently hiring
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Instagram post 2156843528219423099_331223777 The Senegal field service is well underway, with lives being transformed every day. But it's not all hard work - here a maxillofacial patient takes a break with volunteers for play time!#playtime #transformation #kidsbeingkids #hope #healing #maxillofacial #volunteer #Senegal
Instagram post 2156050830557283357_331223777 It’s no secret that healthy food is fuel for a healthy body. For over 20 years, Mercy Ships Nutritional Agriculture Programs have been providing resources and education in an effort to combat malnutrition in the countries we serve.
The Food For Life Program trains local farmers in sustainable farming practices so that they may enhance the nutrition and overall health of their communities.
#WorldFoodDay #MercyShips #agriculture #health #healthy #development #africa #malnutrition #nutrition #foodforlife #farming #sustainable #farm #food
Instagram post 2154737148280718306_331223777 Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for partners like you who help bring hope and healing to children like Aicha. Your support transforms lives, and we feel so blessed to have your support, today and every day.
#canadian #thanksgiving #givethanks #grateful #gratitude #thankful #blessed #hope #healing #mercyships
Instagram post 2154002308862350536_331223777 “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love” (Mother Teresa). Universal, contagious, and free, a smile is such a simple way to spread love and compassion. THANK YOU to all our partners who bring smiles to those in need!#smile #smiles #joy #gratitude #love #hope #healing #partnership #transformlives
Instagram post 2153272500526705618_331223777 Did you know that in each country Mercy Ships serves, a five-phase engagement plan is in effect? Our relationship with each host nation begins long before the Africa Mercy sails in to the port, and continues long after the ship sails to the next nation. Thank you to our country directors who establish relationships during Assessment and maintain them over the course of five years, all the way through to Evaluation, to ensure that we leave a lasting impact!#lastingimpact #impact #africamercy #mercyships #serve #hope #healing #engagement #plan #africa
Instagram post 2152499912936027474_331223777 Mariama has carried the weight of a disfiguring cyst over her right eye for all of her 17 years. After she receives free surgery onboard the Africa Mercy, Mariama's tumour will be removed, and she will be able to shed the silk scarf she uses to shield her from teasing and shame. Finally, she will be able to look in a mirror and believe that she is beautiful. Stay tuned to see Mariama's transformation!#beauty #transformation #beautiful #hope #healing #africamercy #mercyships #senegal #africa
Instagram post 2151722281893049679_331223777 It's #WorldSightDay! In developing nations, eye conditions treatable in early stages are often neglected, leading to impairment or blindness. The Mercy Ships Ophthalmic Program treats patients like Monique, who received free surgery to restore her vision. THANK YOU to all our amazing partners who help us give the gift of sight to patients like Monique!
#give #sight #ophthalmic #care #cataract #surgery #AfricaMercy #africa #globalsurgery #thankyou #grateful #giftofsight #thatsmile
Instagram post 2151030210793877614_331223777 We have a crew full of Canadians in the Hospital Support Services Corridor this week onboard the #AfricaMercy!From left to right: Yinfei, Medical Laboratory Technologist; Larry, Biomedical Training Tech; Sandy, Head Pharmacist; Kara, Medical Laboratory Technologist; and Aaron, Medical Laboratory Technologist.#canada #canadians #volunteer #serve #hospital #hospitallife

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