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

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.

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.

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.

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Senegalese surgeon Dr. Seynabou Ba was once a participant in Mercy Ships medical trainings. Now, she’s the one leading — as she partners with the ship’s crew to train others in her home country.  In June, Dr. Ba taught an Essential Surgical Skills course in Dakar.⁣
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Investing in local healthcare professionals is just one way Mercy Ships partners with African nations to strengthen and support local surgical systems. Learn more at the link in our bio!⁣
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#MedicalCapacityBuilding #GlobalSurgery #Senegal #TogetherWithAfrica  #MercyShips⁣
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La Dre Seynabou Ba, chirurgienne sénégalaise, était autrefois une participante aux formations médicales de Mercy Ships. Aujourd'hui, elle s'associe à l'équipage du navire pour former d'autres personnes dans son pays.  En juin, la Dre Ba a donné un cours de compétences chirurgicales essentielles à Dakar.⁣
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Investir dans les professionnels de santé locaux est une des façons dont Mercy Ships s'associe aux nations africaines pour renforcer et soutenir les systèmes chirurgicaux locaux. https://bit.ly/3hv3Y58⁣
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#RenforcementDesCapacitésMédicales #SantéGlobale #AveclAfrique⁣
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📸: Marina Schmid
Ward nurse Maddy Hartung just made some beautiful cards for departing crew on the #AfricaMercy. The other volunteers, day crew, and nurses will write in these to send off short-term nurse volunteers who are headed home. Jerejef means “thank you” in Wolof, the most common language in #Senegal.⁣
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Learn more about volunteering in this one-of-a-kind floating community:⁣
https://bit.ly/3OmIseX⁣
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#ThankYou #Jerejef #Volunteer #MercyShips⁣
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L'infirmière Maddy Hartung vient de réaliser de magnifiques cartes pour les membres de l'équipage qui quitteront le bateau #AfricaMercy. Les autres bénévoles, l'équipe de jour et les infirmières écriront dans ces cartes pour  les infirmières bénévoles à court terme qui rentrent chez elles. Jerejef signifie "merci" en wolof, la langue la plus répandue au #Sénégal.⁣
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En savoir plus sur le bénévolat dans cette communauté flottante unique en son genre : https://bit.ly/3v4Wp9z⁣
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#Merci #Aurevoir #Bénévole⁣
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📸: Judit Maier
A cleft lip presents both biological and social challenges to people afflicted with the congenital condition. For Adama, she had trouble eating as a baby, then she had trouble making friends as a toddler. ⁣
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At four years old, Adama's life changed course when she boarded the #AfricaMercy. The #volunteer surgeons of Mercy Ships performed a life-changing operation in #Senegal to heal the little girl's mouth. Your support can make surgery possible for many more potential patients like Adama.  Learn more at our website!⁣
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#GlobalSurgery #SafeSurgery #MercyShips⁣
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Une fente labiale pose des problèmes à la fois biologiques et sociaux aux personnes atteintes de cette maladie congénitale. Dans le cas d'Adama, elle avait du mal à manger lorsqu'elle était bébé, puis elle a eu du mal à se faire des amis lorsqu'elle était petite. ⁣
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À quatre ans, la vie d'Adama a changé de cap lorsqu'elle a embarqué sur l'#AfricaMercy. C'est au #Sénégal que nos #chirurgiens bénévoles ont effectué une opération qui a changé la vie de cette petite fille. Votre soutien peut rendre d'autres chirurgies possible pour beaucoup plus de patients potentiels comme Adama.  Pour en savoir plus, découvrez son histoire et comment vous pouvez participer à changer des vies : https://bit.ly/3U06ZYX⁣
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#ChirurgieGlobale #ChirurgieSécuritaire ⁣
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📸: Elizabeth Page Brumley
The farmer known as “King Baba” is back. The 19-year-old first came to #MercyShips in 2019 as a patient in need of surgery after suffering from severe burns. He returned in 2021 for career development, enrolling in the Food for Life program that trains participants on the practices of sustainable agriculture. 🥬⁣
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Now a facilitator for the same program, King Baba reboarded the #AfricaMercy this fall, taking an entrepreneurship course with his fellow countrymen working for the organization while it focuses efforts on #Senegal. Mercy Ships is committed to sustainable development #TogetherWithAfrica and King Baba is but one individual who will carry out that legacy of capacity building.⁣
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#GlobalHealth #Partnership #MercyShips⁣
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L'agriculteur connu sous le nom de "King Baba" est de retour! Le jeune homme de 19 ans est venu pour la première fois chez #MercyShips en 2019 en tant que patient ayant besoin d'une intervention chirurgicale après avoir souffert de graves brûlures. Il est revenu en 2021 pour le développement de sa carrière, s'inscrivant au programme Food for Life qui forme les participants aux pratiques de l'agriculture durable. 🥬⁣
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Désormais facilitateur pour ce même programme, King Baba a remonté à bord de l'#AfricaMercy cet automne, suivant un cours d'entrepreneuriat avec ses compatriotes travaillant pour l'organisation alors que celle-ci concentre ses efforts sur le #Sénégal. Mercy Ships s'est engagé dans le développement durable #EnsembleAvecLAfrique et King Baba fait partie des nombreuses personnes qui poursuivront cet héritage de renforcement des capacités.⁣
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#SantéGlobale #EntrepreneuriatDurable⁣
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Modou’s journey to receive the gift of healing was longer than most. So when the volunteers who had been with him through the process saw that he’d finally been admitted for surgery, it was an emotional day for everyone.⁣
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Learn how the gift of healing can bring transformation — and open a brighter future at the link in our bio!⁣
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#AfricaMercy #Senegal #Volunteer #MercyShips⁣
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Le parcours de Modou pour recevoir le cadeau de la guérison a été plus long que la plupart des autres. Alors quand les bénévoles qui l'avaient accompagné tout au long du processus ont vu qu'il avait finalement été admis pour une opération, ce fut un jour rempli d'émotion pour tout le monde.⁣
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Découvrez comment vous pouvez contribuer au cadeau de la guérison pour apporter une transformation - et ouvrir vers un avenir plus radieux. https://bit.ly/3hv3Y58⁣
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#Bénévolat #GuérisonEnCadeau #Senegal⁣
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📸: Elizabeth Page Brumley
Today on #GivingTuesday, we thank supporters and donors like YOU for taking part in our collaboration of generosity!⁣
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Learn more about how to take part at the link in our bio!⁣
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How do you show your support for organizations close to your heart? Share and tag them below! 👇⁣
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Aujourd'hui c'est #MardiJeDonne, nous remercions les ambassadeurs et les donateurs comme VOUS qui prenez part à notre élan de générosité !⁣
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Pour en savoir plus sur la façon de participer, cliquez ici : https://bit.ly/3Ut2FSj⁣
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Comment montrez-vous votre soutien aux organisations qui vous tiennent à cœur ? Partagez et mentionnez-les ci-dessous ! 👇
Adama loves to play with dolls. 🧸⁣
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The little girl likes to tie them on her back to carry them like they are her babies. It is an adorable sight, but her grandmother Binta had wished that Adama could spend more time playing with other children instead of just with dolls. ⁣
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Before going to Mercy Ships for a free surgery to heal Adama's cleft lip, Binta would find Adama's peers laughing at her because of her appearance. When the #AfricaMercy came to #Senegal, Binta found hope for her daughter's precious future.⁣
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#GlobalSurgery #SafeSurgery #MercyShips #Senegal⁣
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Adama aime jouer avec ses poupées. 🧸⁣
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La petite fille aime les porter sur son dos comme si elles étaient ses bébés. C'est un spectacle adorable, mais sa grand-mère Binta avait souhaité qu'Adama puisse passer plus de temps à jouer avec d'autres enfants plutôt qu'avec des poupées. ⁣
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Avant de se rendre chez Mercy Ships pour une opération gratuite visant à guérir la fente labiale d'Adama, Binta trouvait que les camarades d'Adama se moquaient d'elle à cause de son apparence. Lorsque l'#AfricaMercy est arrivé au #Sénégal, Binta a retrouvé l'espoir pour le précieux avenir de sa fille.⁣
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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?