Healing continues long after the ship departs

Mercy Ships seeks to leave the host nation better equipped with the training, tools, and infrastructure to care for their own.

Sustainable health care requires a plan. Mercy Ships Capacity-Building programs identify local needs and work closely with local governments to establish initiatives that make a lasting difference. We leave a legacy that extends for years—and even generations.

Mercy Ships volunteers training a local healthcare professional

Training and mentoring local professionals

Mercy Ships offers specialized training to local healthcare professionals—surgeons, nurses, doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists, midwives, and community health workers—in techniques and procedures appropriate for their environments. Healthcare workers also receive World Health Organization training in disease management.

Operating tools set out on a table

Providing medical tools and resources

Healthcare workers in the developing world often lack the medicine, equipment and tools necessary to deliver basic care.

The HOPE Center

When Mercy Ships arrives in port, screenings are organized throughout the country. Patients near the port can easily travel to the ship, but for others, reaching the ship is more difficult.

To reduce the need for multiple trips, Mercy Ships establishes a Hospital Out-Patient Extension (HOPE) center to provide housing for patients and caregivers near the ship. After surgery, the HOPE center offers a safe, clean environment that promotes effective recovery while maintaining easy access to the ship for follow-up care.

The HOPE center also frees bed space in the ship’s hospital ward, so we can help more people at each port of call.

African workers laying bricks

Building better medical facilities

Healthcare workers in the developing world often lack adequate facilities to serve their communities. Medical administrators with limited resources may have to choose between infrastructure development or maintenance and paying their workers. Collaborating with local healthcare partners, Mercy Ships provides construction and renovation services that enhance local healthcare resources.

African farmer crouching in a field

Growing a better future

Mercy Ships partners with local agencies to help families and communities learn practical and natural food-producing skills that reduce malnutrition and increase food security. Improved crops and conservation-oriented farming methods result in more income and better health for the farmers, their families and their communities.

Mercy Ships volunteer working with locals

Training local leaders

Mercy Ships emphasizes lasting social change based on biblical principles. Community leaders, teachers and churches are encouraged to see themselves as agents of change. Conferences and workshops offer practical help on issues, community cooperation and sustainable development.