Dr Pierre M'Pelé

Celebrating Africa Day with Dr. Pierre M’Pelé: “We have to believe in Africa”

For more than 30 years, Mercy Ships has been invited to multiple countries on the continent and worked side by side with many different African people. On Africa Day, we want to thank these nations and people for their hospitality, partnership, and friendship. We also want to take the opportunity to share what Africa Day […]

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Global Mercy

New Mercy Ship, the Global Mercy™, Ready to Sail Around the Globe

We are very excited to announce that our newest ship, the Global Mercy™, is officially seaworthy after passing the final sea trials. This marks a major milestone for Mercy Ships and signals the approaching end of the construction process, started in 2015. Passing sea trials means the vessel can sail for an extended time as […]

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Programme « Food for Life » au Sénégal

Mercy Ships Food for Life Program: Changing Lives in Senegal, One at a Time

Mercy Ships has long been committed to strengthening health systems and providing direct medical services through surgical intervention onboard our hospital ships. But did you know, Mercy Ships is also dedicated to whole person care? Since 1997, Mercy Ships has provided education to help participants rebuild, restore, and renew their land and communities through organic […]

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Sharing Hope Together on World Health Day

On April 7, people around the world celebrate World Health Day by amplifying this year’s theme: building a healthier, fairer world. It’s a mission that strikes a particularly resonant chord with Mercy Ships. We are founded on the belief that everyone deserves safe, timely, and affordable surgery. For more than 40 years, we have been […]

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Courageous Caregivers Who #ChooseToChallenge

The courage to challenge leads to change. This International Women’s Day we’re celebrating all the women who #ChooseToChallenge – volunteers, donors, and caregivers – leaving a lasting impact. In Sub-Saharan Africa, this is often demonstrated by courageous women who, despite overwhelming odds, have held onto hope that a brighter future is possible for their loved […]

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HEROES OF HEALTHCARE: Emmanuel Essah

Through the medical capacity building program, Mercy Ships works hand-in-hand with partnering nations and local medical professionals to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure in Africa – and has been doing so for almost 30 years. In that time, Mercy Ships has been introduced to countless talented medical professionals who bring hope and healing to their communities […]

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The Gamal Dental Clinic in Guinea

The beginning of a partnership in Guinea In May 2018, the Gamal Abdul Nasser University in Conakry expressed the need for a dedicated space for student clinical training at its dental school – the only one in Guinea. Previous dental students graduated without proper clinical experience – a vital aspect for practical education and training, decreasing […]

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A ‘One-of-a-Kind’ Hospital Ship

The deployment of the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort in recent months to American cities overwhelmed by COVID-19 has made people increasingly aware of the important role hospital ships can play in providing critical medical care in times of crisis. What remains much less known is the ongoing global surgery crisis that sees 5 billion […]

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Helping Restore Smiles for 26 Years and Counting

Dental hygienist Robbie Lerma and her husband have served with Mercy Ships for twenty-six years! Robbie is the Dental Team Supervisor onboard the hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. Why is Mercy Ships so addictive? Robbie says, “Well, it’s nice that I don’t have to cook if I don’t want to.” It’s true. She forgot to […]

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The Big Impact of Small Investments

Mercy Ships would be nothing without our amazing partners, donors and volunteers. Thanks to the support of people all over the world, we have provided care to over 2.5 million people in 37 years, visiting 587 ports since Mercy Ships was founded in 1978. Each country we visit is unique, as are the people and […]

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