Mercy Ships Canada Provides Free Healthcare to People in Great Need

people do not have access to safe, affordable and timely surgery
0 %
of all children need surgical care before their 15th birthday
surgical procedures are needed to address the burden of disease

Those stats are tough to read.
We believe that the humanitarian work we offer by bringing hospital ships
directly to Africa can turn things around.

"One of the many wonderful aspects of working with Mercy Ships is the ability to teach and mentor trainees during our field services – from our own communities, as well as from Africa. And these relationships will continue far beyond the time we have together."

Our Approach to Healthcare Development

Saliou after surgery
  • Respect. In delivering direct medical services, we are committed to serving the patients and their families.
  • Equality. We treat every patient equally despite gender, race or age.
  • Comprehensive. Treatment services are wide-ranging and include women’s health, various surgical procedures, maxillofacial surgery, pediatric orthopedic surgery, dental, and eye care. 
  • Sustainable. Education, Training and Advocacy program provides training opportunities for doctors and health professionals to strengthen health care systems.
  • Collaborative. When invited, we develop customized partnerships with every nation we serve.
  • Community Engagement. To help patients and their families to return to school, work and to be able to support the entire family.

Mercy Ships Canada Projects


Medical Waste Converter

Contributing to medical infrastructure is an essential part of Mercy Ships Canada’s work. For example, the Canadian project will allow medical waste to be safely handled through existing waste collection systems after processing in Senegal.

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Nurse Anesthesia

Gamal University’s teaching program for nurse anesthesia students by providing supplies and materials and instructor’s credentials are enhanced.

Hope Center

HOPE Centre

The HOPE Centre frees up precious bed space in the hospital wards on the ship and allows optimization of the ship’s surgical capacity.


Hospital Chaplaincy

Hospital Chaplaincy provides holistic care to patients by focusing on their spiritual, psychological, social, emotional and physical needs.

Surgery tool

Sterile Processing

Preventing surgical infection through sterile processing training. We seek to improve sterile processing practices in the countries Mercy Ships serves.

Mercy Ships Canada’s Humanitarian Work at a Glance

Hospital Ship Medical Services to Patients and Their Families

Women’s Health

Support and medical care is provided for women who have suffered childbirth injuries. We provide extremely specialized surgery, continuing the recovery process through education and social activities.


Maxillofacial Surgery

Through corrective and reconstructive maxillofacial surgeries, our surgeons relieve deformities caused by physical conditions such as tumours, cleft lip, cleft palate and noma.

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Plastic Reconstructive Surgery

Birth defects, burns and illness often cause deformities we correct through surgeries; including burn-scar contractures, benign tumours, chronic ulcers, combined fingers and many others.


Orthopaedic Program

Mercy Ships trains local surgeons in Ponseti casting, the “universal standard” in non-invasive clubfoot correction, and provides free surgical intervention for musculoskeletal conditions, neglected orthopedic trauma and joint diseases.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the difficulties associated with life-threatening illness.

Surgical Tools

General Surgery

Our surgeons reduce the effects of neglected trauma, disease and congenital conditions by providing general surgeries for conditions such as hernias and goiters.

Dental care

Dental/Oral Health

Mercy Ships aims to prevent and reduce the effects of a lack of oral healthcare by providing dental treatment and dental hygiene education and training.

Eye surgeries

Eye Care

Addresses surgical and medical eye needs in environments where preventable blindness is widespread. The primary emphasis of surgical intervention is to reduce blindness as a result of cataracts.

Education, Training and Advocacy

Bringing Hope and Healing to Providers and Health Systems

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Training and Capacity Building

Mercy Ships works with partners to develop training and capacity building projects that improve the quality of medical services in the nations we serve.


Agriculture Training

Mercy Ships has been implementing Food for Life programs since 1997. Food for Life projects have been impacting lives and training people how to produce nutritional food and crops sustainably.

The Difference Makers

surgical procedures performed
health care professionals trained
volunteers onboard the Africa Mercy every year

The real change comes when we all work together.

Become a difference-maker.
Your contribution can give someone the healthcare they need and deserve.

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