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Mercy Ships is a story that is worth sharing! Thousands of lives are transformed through free surgery is an empowering message of hope. While Mercy Ships takes care of those in need, we invite you to give a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves. On this page you will find articles, photos, videos and coverage about our work.

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Amy Sarr Fall, Don Stephens, Estelle Thomas

Don Stephens, Founder of Mercy Ships, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from African Dignitaries at The Visionary Leaders Annual Summit

Senegal’s Minister of Health, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, is seen with Ministers of Health on the third day of the International Symposium hosted at the King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar, Sen, on Friday, May 6, 2022.

Safer Surgery by 2030: Medical Experts and Health Ministers Gather for Breakthrough Symposium in Senegal

Mercy Ships Canada Celebrates Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative

True North Marine (TNM) Helps Mercy Ships Plot a Course of Hope and Healing

WASHINGTON DC, USA December 15, 2022 – A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Don Stephens, founder of Mercy Ships this past weekend at the opening event of the GE7 Africa Visionary Leaders Annual Summit, held in Washington DC.  This award was presented by H.E. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation of Government of Egypt.   



Dakar, SENEGAL – 12 May 2022. Following a three-day International Symposium bringing together medical experts from 29 African countries, Ministers of Health from around Africa converged in an historic moment to draft a clear path towards wider and safer access to surgical care in Africa by 2030.



The Global Mercy was designed by Stena RoRo and, once in operation in 2022, will be the first purpose-built vessel operated by Mercy Ships and the largest civilian hospital ship in the world. Joining her sister ship, the Africa Mercy, the Global Mercy will extend the reach and impact of Mercy Ships for the next 50 years.



Dr. Mark Shrime stands in the OR. © Mercy Ships

Teaching someone to fish: the false dichotomy of relief and development

We often construct a similar dichotomy in global health, pitting relief against development, and assuming only one should happen. For many valid reasons, that one is development. It’s a reductionistic view of global health, and it can leave patients behind. Yes, systems must develop, for sure, but in the meantime, what happens to patients while they’re developing?

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Africa Mercy & Global Mercy
The Global Mercy underway during sea trials
Global Mercy
Seafarer's Story
Africa Mercy
operation room before after
Before and after of operating room in Madagascar
Mark Carew
Captain Mark Carew from Halifax, Nova Scotia
Brian Drebert
Nurse Brian Drebert from Vancouver, BC meets the recipient of his blood donation
Before of Pierre - Cameroon
After of Pierre - Cameroon
Before of Kaltoumi - Cameroon
After of Kaltoumi - Cameroon

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