In Africa, we provide free medical care

Every year, more than 2,000 surgeries and 8,000 dental treatments are performed
free of charge for people living in poverty in Africa.

This medical care is made possible by the donations we receive and the commitment of 1,600 volunteers
who have been joining us on humanitarian aid missions every year for over 40 years!

To carry out these missions, we use a fleet of civilian hospital ships: the Africa Mercy and the Global Mercy.

Medical care that changes lives

Assiatou, Mabouba, Houssainatou, Léon… and so many others who can smile again thanks
to the health care and surgeries performed by Mercy Ships volunteer crews.    

Discover their incredible stories

Awa: A Life-Changing Surgery

A little girl’s future is changed by surgery through Mercy Ships.

Adama: Free to Explore

Meet Adama, whose cleft lip surgery on board a hospital ship not only transformed her own life, but her family’s as well.

Cire: A Life-Changing Birthday Gift

Meet Cire, who on his 20th birthday, received life-changing surgery to remove his facial tumor on board a hospital ship.

Amadou: The Patient Ambassador

Amadou is a doctor, a leader, and a pillar of hope in his community and received surgery on a hospital ship.

Kadidja: A New Smile and A New Future

When Kadidja’s mother, Ramata, gave birth to her daughter, the doctor who assisted the delivery noticed that the baby had come into the world with a cleft lip. The doctor told Ramata about Mercy Ships.

Zackaria: Eye Surgery on a Hospital Ship

Meet Zackaria: Thanks to a Mercy Ships hospital ship, a young boy’s eyesight is restored. Discover his story here!

We’ve seen firsthand the challenges that arise when people don't have access to safe and timely healthcare. It weakens communities and leaves individuals vulnerable.

Volunteers

Mercy Ships has been offering free healthcare
for over 40 years.

  • Two surgical ships, the Global Mercy and the Africa Mercy.
  • Over 1,600 qualified volunteers from all over the world serve annually.
  • Mentorship and training programs support local medical professionals in achieving long-term success.

Mercy Ships, a Heartfelt Story

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has been providing medical care, surgeries and
dental treatment to people living in poverty in Africa.

More than 5 million people do not have access to basic health care,
even though this should be a right for every human being.

This situation is not inevitable. You can help by:

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Making a Donation

Every contribution counts. Every donation is a step in the right direction, making a difference in the life of someone in need of basic medical care. Be a part of that change by making a donation now.

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Becoming a Volunteer

Would you like to do more than just make a donation, and join us in helping those who need it most? Become a volunteer and join our crews who work on the ground every day.

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Talking About Us

Are you unable to help us with a donation or by becoming a volunteer but still feel moved by our mission? Support us by spreading awareness of our activities to others.

Your support allows medical care, among other things…

  • To give back a smile and a taste for life to the people treated
  • To help them find self-confidence after months or even years of suffering
  • To help them take their place in the community and be respected by those around them
  • To give children the opportunity to return to school or go to school for the first time
  • To have as normal a life as possible, quite simply

At the same time, we develop care systems for local health professionals
and invest
in the medical infrastructure where we work.

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Coumba received surgery to heal contractures from burn wounds she sustained as a child. With her joints stiffened and muscles atrophied from decades of inactivity, her recovery is a work in progress, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. ⁣
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Her #volunteer physical therapist Dr. Jody Kissel said, “By the time a year’s up, I have every bit of hope that she will be able to raise her arm up over her head, be able to hang up laundry, and be able to care for her child.”⁣
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Coumba a été opérée pour soigner les contractures dues aux brûlures qu'elle a subies dans son enfance. Avec ses articulations raidies et ses muscles atrophiés par des décennies d'inactivité, son rétablissement est un travail en cours, mais il y a de la lumière au bout du tunnel. ⁣
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Son physiothérapeute bénévole, le Dr Jody Kissel, a déclaré : "D'ici un an, j'ai bon espoir qu'elle pourra lever son bras au-dessus de sa tête, étendre son linge et s'occuper de son enfant."⁣
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#GlobalHealth #SafeSurgery #MercyShips #SantéMondiale #ChirurgieSécuritaire⁣
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📸: Elizabeth Page Brumley
Making unforgettable bonds while living on board a ship is an undeniable perk as a Mercy Ships Academy student. 🎒⁣
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Canadian Abigail Kliewer and her teacher are no different, spreading joy wherever they go!⁣
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Read more about the Kliewers story here: https://bit.ly/3UDH2yD⁣
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Créer des liens inoubliables en vivant à bord d'un navire est un avantage indéniable en tant qu'élève de l'Academie. 🎒⁣
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La Canadienne Abigail Kliewer et son professeur ne sont pas différents, répandant la joie partout où ils vont !⁣
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Pour en savoir plus sur l'histoire des Kliewer, cliquez ici : https://bit.ly/3YawBp2⁣
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#SchoolOnAShip #MercyShipsAcademy #MercyShips #ÉcoleÀBord
Seeing the new #GlobalMercy serve as a training center in #Senegal was certainly a highlight of 2022! Many local healthcare professionals like these surgeons refreshed their knowledge during the Essential Surgical Skills training course.⁣
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Now in 2023, the Global Mercy will return to Senegal to fulfill her primary purpose: providing transformative surgeries to her very first patients.⁣
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Voir le nouveau #GlobalMercy servir de centre de formation au #Sénégal a certainement été un moment fort de 2022 ! De nombreux professionnels de la santé locaux, comme ces chirurgiens, qui ont rafraîchi leurs connaissances lors du cours de formation sur les compétences chirurgicales essentielles.⁣
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Cette année, en 2023, le Global Mercy retournera au Sénégal pour remplir sa mission première : offrir des chirurgies transformatrices à ses tout premiers patients.⁣
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#HappyNewYear #2023 #BonneAnnée #SafeSurgery #ChirurgieSécuritaire #TogetherWithAfrica #MercyShips #EnsembleAvecLAfrique⁣
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📸: Marina Schmid
While the Mercy Ships crew takes care of patients, who takes care of them? The crew clinic! A specially assigned crew nurse coordinates healthcare for both the volunteer crew on the ship and the national crewmembers who live in the host country. The crew nurse works with the crew physician to ensure each person on board receives the medical care they need, so that they can keep serving others.⁣
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Do you want to use your professional skills for a great purpose?  https://bit.ly/3BtjNAF⁣
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Pendant que l'équipage de Mercy Ships s'occupe des patients, qui s'occupe d'eux ? La clinique de l'équipage ! Une infirmière spécialement affectée à l'équipage coordonne les soins de santé à la fois pour l'équipage bénévole du navire et pour les membres de l'équipe locaux qui vivent dans le pays d'accueil. L'infirmière de l'équipage travaille avec le médecin attitré aux bénévoles pour s'assurer que chaque personne à bord reçoit les soins médicaux dont elle a besoin, afin qu'elle puisse continuer à servir dans leur rôle à bord.⁣
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Voulez-vous utiliser vos compétences professionnelles pour une grande cause? https://bit.ly/3BtjNAF⁣
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#Volunteer #GlobalHealth #CrewNurse #ShipNurse #Volunteer #MercyShips #Bénévole #InfirmièreÀBord #InfirmierÀBord
No patient in #Senegal has spent more time with Mercy Ships than Modou. ⁣
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Because of a locked jaw, Modou was severely underweight when he came in 2019, so he worked with #volunteer dieticians for seven months to gain weight. But when he was finally healthy enough for surgery, the pandemic forced the hospital to close. Over the next two years, Modou lost his newfound weight again. When the #AfricaMercy returned, Modou knew well what he had to do. After only four months this time, he gained enough weight to receive the healing he needed.⁣
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Aucun patient au #Sénégal n'a passé plus de temps avec nous que Modou. ⁣
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En raison d'une mâchoire bloquée, Modou souffrait d'une grave insuffisance de masse corporelle lorsqu'il est arrivé en 2019, il a donc travaillé avec des diététiciens #bénévoles pendant sept mois pour prendre du poids. Mais lorsqu'il était enfin en assez bonne santé pour être opéré, la pandémie a obligé l'hôpital à fermer. Au cours des deux années suivantes, Modou a de nouveau perdu son poids retrouvé. Lorsque l'#AfricaMercy est revenu, Modou savait bien ce qu'il avait à faire. Après seulement quatre mois cette fois, il a pris suffisamment de poids pour recevoir la guérison dont il avait besoin.⁣
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📸: Elizabeth Page Brumley
It's moving day! Volunteer crewmembers like Teddie and Carey-Anne, both from the UK, are moving their things from the #AfricaMercy to the #GlobalMercy. As the Africa Mercy sails to South Africa for an important season of maintenance, the crew is headed back to #Senegal with the Global Mercy to serve patients once again.⁣
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Are you interested in joining? Learn more: https://bit.ly/3OmIseX⁣
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C'est le jour du déménagement ! Les membres d'équipage bénévoles comme Teddie et Carey-Anne, tous deux du Royaume-Uni, déménagent leurs affaires de l'Africa Mercy vers le Global Mercy. Alors que l'Africa Mercy navigue vers l'Afrique du Sud pour une importante saison de maintenance, l'équipage retourne au #Sénégal avec le Global Mercy pour servir les patients une fois de plus.⁣
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Tu aimerais te joindre à l'équipe? Pour en savoir plus : https://bit.ly/3v4Wp9z⁣
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#Volunteer #MakeYourMark #MercyShips #Bénévolat #MarquezVotreTemps⁣
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Araina Attwater, daughter of Shae and Chris joined the fun with all the kids on the #GlobalMercy on this unique “snowball” fight to celebrate the holidays! Mike Kirchner, a teacher in the Global Mercy Academy, was part of the clean-up crew for this very messy activity. “Every one of those kids will remember that,” he said. “It did take hours to clean up, but it's so worth it!”⁣
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Araina Attwater, fille de Shae et Chris, s'est jointe à la fête avec tous les enfants à bord du #GlobalMercy pour une grande bataille de "boules de neige" pour célébrer les vacances ! Mike Kirchner, un enseignant de l'Académie, faisait partie de l'équipe de nettoyage pour cette activité festive un peu déjanté. "Chacun de ces enfants s'en souviendra", a-t-il déclaré. "Cela a pris des heures à nettoyer, mais ça en vaut tellement la peine !".⁣
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#Community #Volunteer #MercyShips #Bénévole⁣
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In March 2020, some patients' surgeries had to be put on hold due to the pandemic. Chief among them for #volunteer Laura Vilcāne was Modou, who had been working with her and the rest of the preoperative team.⁣
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In 2022, Modou reunited with #MercyShips and finally got the life-changing ankylosis surgery he needed to unlock his jaw. In the process, the 23-year-old from #Senegal inspired those around him with his attitude and perseverance.⁣
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Laura explained, "He really taught us how to be resilient, how to get up again after very significant setbacks, and how to still be cheerful when it seems impossible."⁣
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En mars 2020, les chirurgies de certains patients ont dû être mises en attente en raison de la pandémie. Modou, un patient que la #bénévole Laura Vilcāne de l'équipe préopératoire, avoue le voir s'être démarqué.⁣
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En 2022, Modou a retrouvé #MercyShips et a finalement obtenu la chirurgie de l'ankylose qui a changé sa vie et dont il avait besoin pour débloquer sa mâchoire. Au cours de ce processus, le jeune homme de 23 ans originaire du #Sénégal a inspiré ceux qui l'entouraient par son attitude et sa persévérance.⁣
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Laura a expliqué : "Il nous a vraiment appris à être résilients, à nous relever après des revers très importants, et à garder la bonne humeur même quand cela semble impossible."⁣
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📸: Elizabeth Page Brumley
During their onboard Christmas activities, Mercy Ships volunteers gathered on Deck 12 to sing carols by candlelight. In the midst of a busy season for our volunteers, time to pause and enter into the meaning for this season is essential to nourish their faith and offer space to process their hopes for the year ahead. 🕯️⁣
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Lors de leurs activités de Noël à bord, les bénévoles de Mercy Ships se sont réunis sur le pont 12 pour chanter des chants de Noël à la lumière des chandelles. Au milieu d'une saison chargée pour nos bénévoles, le temps de faire une pause et de réfléchir au sens de cette fête est essentiel pour nourrir leur foi et leur offrir un espace pour exprimer leurs espoirs pour l'année à venir. 🕯️⁣
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#Christmas #NewYear #MercyShips #Noël #NouvelleAnnée⁣
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📸: Tirsa Tapia
Thank you Steph Bauman for your service on the #AfricaMercy in 2022 and the flexibility to extended your service time to finish the year with your students. You have shown dedication and care, above and beyond. 👏⁣
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Just in December, 5 others Canadian volunteers ended their commitment. Some have served 6 months, others one full year. We wish you all a well deserved rest and a smooth transition back.✈️⁣
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Merci Steph Bauman pour ton service sur le #AfricaMercy en 2022 et la flexibilité de prolonger ton temps de service pour finir l'année avec tes étudiants. Tu as fait preuve de dévouement et de bienveillance, au-delà de ce qui était prévu. 👏⁣
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Juste en décembre, 5 autres bénévoles canadiens ont clôturé leur engagement. Certains ont servi 6 mois, d'autres une année complète. Nous vous souhaitons à tous un repos bien mérité et un retour en douceur.✈️⁣
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#Farewell #Volunteer #Aurevoir #Bénévolat

Thank you to our donors and volunteers

Since 1978, thanks to them, we have been able to:

Perform

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surgeries on board our hospital ships

Carry out

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dental treatments, performed by our volunteer dentists

Train

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local health professionals in advanced medical procedures

Today, we are counting on you to continue our mission

How would you like to help us?