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Transcending Borders &

Changing Lives

In regions where resources are scarce, our state-of-the-art hospital ships are the most efficient way to deliver medical care to those in need.

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Over 50% of the world's population lives near a coast. Our ships are the best way to reach people in great need.
With the support of people like you, we deploy hospital ships to combat this overwhelming statistic and provide the care that is so desperately needed.

Serving those in need since 1978

Globally, 5 billion people lack access to safe surgery. Children, teens and adults suffer and die every day from treatable causes, and one child in eight will die before age 5.
With the support of people like you, we deploy hospital ships to combat this overwhelming statistic. Since over 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, our ships are the best way to people in great need with state-of-the-art medical care.
Our Mission
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Help save & transform lives.

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Give Monthly

Your gift multiplies in impact to bring free life-changing surgery and improved healthcare to the world's forgotten poor.

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Driven to provide hope & healing.

Mercy Ships began our mission in 1978 to provide hope and healing to those in need. Each year we send hospital ships filled with volunteer professionals who selflessly provide life-changing surgeries to children and adults who otherwise would go without. Together we are saving lives.

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It Starts with a Location

Because 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, we can provide more surgeries for more people with our floating hospitals.

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We're Built on Efficiency

In regions where resources are scarce, a state-of-the-art hospital ship is the most efficient way to deliver free surgeries.

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We Create Lasting Change

Our programs include training local professionals, providing new medical tools and resources, renovating facilities, and more.

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The power in a hug. Or a helping hand.

The work we do together is nothing short of compassion made physical — providing a healing touch that is transformative in the lives of our patients, our crew and anyone involved in our mission.
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Your professional skills have the power to transform lives.

If you’ve always wanted to use your unique talent and skills to transform lives and make your mark on the world, we’ve got an opportunity for you. The work of Mercy Ships impacts the lives of many — patients, families, and volunteers. It’s a transformative experience that enables personal and professional growth, and we’re looking for you to join us.

Volunteer with us
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Impacting millions, globally.

Through surgical care, medical training, and infrastructure development, we impact millions. With your help, Mercy Ships is working to meet the overwhelming need for safe surgery worldwide.

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  • Lives Impacted
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  • Professionals Trained
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Stories, Press Releases & Blog

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Twin Pain. Twice the Healing. Double Impact. 

This Giving Tuesday bring hope and healing to those hurting. Your compassion changes the lives of children like Assane and Ousseynou. ...
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Make Your Mark: Simon Edoh

From a nurse in Nigeria to volunteering on board a hospital ship in Senegal — Simon's been on a journey that will inspire you! ...
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Teaching someone to fish

Dr. Mark Shrime, Mercy Ships newly appointed International Chief Medical Officer, shares his vision on how to meet the surgical health needs in countries we serve. ...
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#GivingTuesday Match: Your gift doubles in impact to bring twice the hope and healing.

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