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
Meet Samba ! After 56 years with a cleft lip, it took just a two-hour surgery on board the Global Mercy to change his life forever.
For 25-year-old Diarra, stepping into the operating room of the Africa Mercy was a moment more than a decade in the making. She had been looking for healing for a facial tumor for almost half her life.
Meet Emmanuel, the First Patient of the Sierra Leone Field Service
On Tuesday, September 12, Emmanuel was brought into one of the operating rooms of the Global Mercy™, where he became the very first patient to receive surgery during the field service in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Road to Healing for Daouda
Daouda had not even started school when a facial tumor emerged in his upper jaw. For years, Daouda’s father was seeking for a surgery.
Reclaiming Dignity: Astou’s Story
Astou was 20 years old when her life took an unexpected turn. At the time, she was married and expecting her first child. She had a close, supportive family and was part of her community in Senegal. The future held joy and promise.
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.
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
Today, we are counting on you to continue our mission
How would you like to help us?