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

Mercy Ships Welcomes Anjara, First Cleft Lip Patient in Madagascar

On May 28th 2024, Anjara became the first patient to receive free life-changing cleft lip surgery from Mercy Ships in Madagascar.

Papa’s Story

When a facial tumour began growing from, he feared that it would dash his prospects as a professional mechanic. He then met Mercy Ships.

Aissatou: A father’s love

Since Aissatou was born with a cleft lip four years earlier, her father Ousmane had been in pursuit of her healing.

Life-transforming surgery for Malang

Malang had been to multiple hospitals in Senegal in search of medical help. His legs started to bow and was hoping for an othopaedic surgery.

A Double Portion of Blessings for Emmanuel

When a facial tumor first began growing, it was just a minor concern. Emmanuel felt flickers of worry, hoping it would fade away with time.

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.

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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🙌 Le 2 mai 2024, les élèves de l’École Augustin-Roscelli ont reçu une visite spéciale de Catherine Tremblay et Noémie Ntahonkiriye, représentantes de Mercy Ships Canada, afin de faire découvrir la mission de l’organisation ainsi que de sensibiliser à l’importance du bénévolat. ⁣
👉 Apprenez-en plus dans cet article et écoutez la vidéo : lien en bio. 🔗⁣
#navireshôpitaux #bénévolat #école #sensibilisation #passion #élèves #écoleaugustinroscelli #Québec #Montréal⁣
🙌 On May 2, 2024, students at École Augustin-Roscelli received a special visit from Catherine Tremblay and Noémie Ntahonkiriye, representatives of Mercy Ships Canada, to learn about the organization's mission as well as raise awareness of the importance of volunteering.⁣
The #GlobalMercy dental clinic is celebrating a huge milestone: the 800th dental patient receiving care in #SierraLeone! Thank you to the #volunteers who provide skilled dental care, and to the patients who give their trust. This team is not only changing lives one smile at a time, but also offering education and knowledge to improve preventive care in the long term. 🦷 ⁣
What milestones are you celebrating currently? Let us know in the comments!⁣
Learn more about our Dental Care Program: link in bio. 🔗⁣
#MercyShips #MercyShipsCanada #Milestone #Dental⁣
La clinique dentaire du #GlobalMercy célèbre une étape importante : le 800ème patient recevant des soins dentaires en #SierraLeone! Merci aux #bénévoles qui fournissent des soins dentaires de qualité, mais aussi aux patients qui leur font confiance. Cette équipe ne change pas seulement des vies, elle offre également une éducation et des connaissances pour améliorer les soins préventifs à long terme. 🦷⁣
Et vous, quelles belles étapes célébrez-vous actuellement? Dites nous en commentaires!⁣
Apprenez-en plus sur notre programme de soins dentaires : lien en bio. 🔗⁣
📸: Maria Anne van der Spijk

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?