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

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!

Adam Zidane: Life-changing surgery on board a hospital ship

Meet Adam Zidane! Discover the life-changing surgery of Adam onboard our hospital ships in Africa with Mercy Ships.

Emmanuel: A life-changing surgical intervention

Meet Emmanuel! Discover one of our patient’s journey on our hospital ships in Africa with Mercy Ships.

Assiatou’s First Steps

At only six months old, a car accident left Assiatou with severe burns. Without affordable medical care, the burns formed into thick scar tissue.

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.

Follow Mercy Ships Canada on Instagram

Never a dull moment when you live on a ship filled with people from around the world! The crew of the #GlobalMercy recently took over the International Lounge for contra dancing, a form of folk dancing! 💃⁣
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Most volunteers share that the community they find on board is one of the most life-changing things about serving with Mercy Ships. Learn more about ship life at the link in our bio!⁣
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#Community #ContraDance #MercyShips⁣
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On ne s'ennuie jamais quand on vit sur un navire rempli de personnes du monde entier ! L'équipage du #GlobalMercy a récemment investi le salon international pour faire de la danse contra, une forme de danse folklorique ! 💃⁣
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La plupart des bénévoles disent que la communauté à bord est l'une des choses les plus incroyables lorsqu'on sert avec Mercy Ships. Pour en savoir plus sur la vie à bord, lien en bio !⁣
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#Communauté #ContraDance #MercyShips⁣
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📸: Abigail Beinetti
Céline Léger a 20 années d'expérience à titre d'infirmière pédiatrique à l' @lechildren. Nous avons la chance de l'avoir eu à bord de nos navires à 4 reprises : sur l'Africa Mercy en Guinée 2019, Dakar 2019, Dakar 2022 en plus d'un service à bord du Global Mercy en 2021. ⁣
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Elle sera l'une de nos représentantes lors du Congrès du SIDIIEF à Ottawa.⁣
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#CongresSIDIIEF #expertise #infirmière #francophone
Suturing, making incisions, handling instruments, fostering a sterile environment. These skills form the foundation of safe surgery, and the foundation of the Essential Surgical Skills course offered on board the #GlobalMercy earlier this year. 🩺⁣
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Local doctors learned in the new vessel’s simulation center, led by Beninese surgeons Dr. Odry Agbessi and Dr. Romeo Haoudou. Now, the 29 course graduates are back at their hospitals across #Senegal ready to apply the tools they've learned for decades to come. ⁣
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#TogetherWithAfrica  #GlobalSurgery #SafeSurgery #MercyShips⁣
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Suturer, faire des incisions, manipuler des instruments, favoriser un environnement stérile. Ces compétences constituent le fondement d'une chirurgie fiable, et le fondement du cours de compétences chirurgicales essentielles proposé à bord du #GlobalMercy plus tôt cette année. 🩺⁣
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Dans le centre de simulation du nouveau navire et sous la direction des chirurgiens béninois Dre Odry Agbessi et Dr Romeo Haoudou, les médecins locaux ont appris. Les 29 diplômés du cours sont de retour dans leurs hôpitaux à travers le #Sénégal, et sont prêts à appliquer leurs nouvelles connaissances.⁣
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#TogetherWithAfrica #ChirurgieMondiale #ChirurgieFiable #MercyShips⁣
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📸: Judit Maier
Playing outside has been essential for 6-year-old Mariama ever since receiving corrective surgery for her bowed legs. 🌤️⁣
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At the HOPE (Hospital Out-Patient Extension) Center, she has plenty of space that inspires her to move. Every day, she is developing balance, coordination, and physical strength.⁣
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Follow along to discover how you can support more children like Mariama in their journey to healing.⁣
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#GlobalHealth #GlobalSurgery #MercyShips⁣
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Jouer dehors est essentiel pour Mariama, 6 ans, depuis qu'elle a reçu une chirurgie pour ses jambes arquées. 🌤️⁣
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Au centre HOPE (Hospital Out-Patient Extension), elle dispose de beaucoup d'espace qui l'incite à bouger. Chaque jour, elle développe son équilibre, sa coordination et sa force physique.⁣
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Suivez-nous pour découvrir comment vous pouvez soutenir davantage d'enfants comme Mariama dans leur parcours de guérison.⁣
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#SantéMondiale #ChirurgieMondiale #MercyShips⁣
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📸: Abigail Beinetti
Believe it or not, the Mercy Ships fleet includes quite a few vehicles of the four-wheeled variety. 🚘⁣
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The crew often has to travel all over the country for patient visits, follow-up care, and training. That’s where the trusty transportation team comes in, keeping everything running so that this life-changing work can continue!⁣
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#Volunteer #Transportation #MakeYourMark #MercyShips⁣
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Croyez-le ou non, la flotte de Mercy Ships comprend un certain nombre de véhicules à quatre roues. 🚘⁣
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L'équipage doit souvent se déplacer dans tout le pays pour des visites de patients, des soins de suivi et des formations. C'est là qu'intervient la fidèle équipe de transport, qui veille à ce que tout fonctionne pour que ce travail qui change la vie puisse se poursuivre !⁣
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#Bénévole #Transport #MarquezVotreTemps #MercyShips⁣
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📸: Maodo Ndiaye
It’s #WorldPatientSafetyDay, and there’s no one who keeps patients and crew safe like the Infection Prevention Team! 💪⁣
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These Mercy Ships volunteers and day crew are charged with preventing infections that could delay surgery or endanger patients – and keeping this life-changing work going during a global pandemic. You, too, are a vital part of this work. Thank you for your support of this mission!⁣
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#Volunteer #GlobalSurgery #AfricaMercy #MercyShips⁣
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C'est la Journée mondiale de la sécurité des patients, et l'équipe de prévention des infections est aux petits soins et assure la sécurité des patients et des bénévoles ! 💪⁣
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Ce sont des bénévoles et membres d'équipage de jour de Mercy Ships qui sont chargés de prévenir les infections qui pourraient retarder les interventions chirurgicales ou mettre en danger les patients. Vous aussi, vous êtes un élément essentiel de ce travail. Merci pour votre soutien !⁣
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#Bénévole #ChirurgieMondiale #AfricaMercy #MercyShips⁣
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📸: Judit Maier
There’s nothing like the excitement of Waffle Friday on the #AfricaMercy! 🧇⁣
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This weekly tradition is the perfect opportunity for the hardworking volunteers on board to take a break and share a sweet treat. Over the years, traditions like these have helped to create a unique and joyful community on board.⁣
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Learn more about ship life at the link in our bio!⁣
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#Volunteer #Community #MercyShips⁣
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Rien de mieux que de manger des gaufres le vendredi sur l'#AfricaMercy ! 🧇⁣
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Cette tradition hebdomadaire est l'occasion parfaite pour les bénévoles à bord de faire une pause et de partager une friandise sucrée. Au fil des ans, des traditions comme celles-ci ont contribué à créer une communauté unique et joyeuse à bord.⁣
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Pour en savoir plus sur la vie à bord, cliquez sur le lien dans la bio !⁣
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#Bénévole #Communauté #MercyShips⁣
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📸: Elizabeth Page Brumley

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?