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 1,550 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

Mariama, Sira, Awa, Amadou… 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

Learning to Eat: Cheikh’s Story

Ndeye’s only son Cheikh was born with both a cleft lip and a cleft palate. Because of these conditions, Cheikh struggled to breastfeed.


Serigne’s parents couldn’t afford surgery to fix his bowed legs at the local hospitals. He then qualified for surgery onboard the Global Mercy.

Diacko: The Courage to Trust

Diacko had lived with bowed legs for more than half his life and was accustomed to the taunts of other children ringing in his ears.

Teneng and Ibrahima: Gifts from God

Teneng and Ibrahima are maxillofacial patients born with a cleft lip and palate. But they now can smile to a new life!

Kadidja: A Future as Bright as her Smile

Kadidja’s future was uncertain from the moment she was born with a cleft lip and palate. But she now can smile to her new life!

Aissatou Finds Healing

Aissatou’s parents would have given everything they had to find healing for their daughter. And every year, they were disappointed.

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.


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

  • Two surgical ships, the Global Mercy and the Africa Mercy.
  • Over 1,550 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:


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.


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.


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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Hospitality is a core value in many Mercy Ships host nations, including #SierraLeone. 🤝⁣
Every time crewmembers visit patients in their homes, they bring a gift to share – and often return to the ship with something special, like this delicious food basket! 🥗⁣
On this trip, national crewmember Florence led her Mercy Ships colleague, #volunteer engineer Cesar, on a visit to her village to learn about their agricultural projects.⁣
#Hospitality #GivingBack #MercyShips #MercyShipsCanada⁣
L'hospitalité est une valeur fondamentale dans de nombreux pays d'accueil de Mercy Ships, comme en #SierraLeone. 🤝⁣
Chaque fois que les membres de l'équipage rendent visite aux patients à leur domicile, ils apportent un cadeau à partager - et reviennent souvent au navire avec quelque chose de spécial, comme ce délicieux panier de nourriture ! 🥗⁣
Lors de ce voyage, Florence, membre de l'équipage national, a conduit son collègue Cesar, ingénieur #bénévole, lors d'une visite de son village pour en savoir plus sur leurs projets agricoles.⁣
#Hospitalité #Donnerdesoi #MercyShips #MercyShipsCanada⁣
📸: Tirsa Tapia Zamora

Thank you to our donors and volunteers

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


surgeries on board our hospital ships

Carry out

dental treatments, performed by our volunteer dentists


local health professionals in advanced medical procedures

Today, we are counting on you to continue our mission

How would you like to help us?