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
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
Khoudia’s Story: A Long-Awaited Successful Surgery
When a person has spent years living with a tumor that they are told is inoperable, it is easy to lose any expectation of healing.
Mariama: Love and Faith Over Fear
Meet Mariama, who experienced a life transformed after receiving surgery for bowed legs on board a hospital ship.
Sira: After Years of Waiting, Healing Has Come
Meet Sira, whose life was transformed after receiving surgery on board a hospital ship.
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.
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 1,600 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:
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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Thank you to our donors and volunteers
Since 1978, thanks to them, we have been able to:
Today, we are counting on you to continue our mission
How would you like to help us?