A Floating Hospital

Many people in Africa have little or no access to healthcare. There are only 2.5 physicians per 10,000 people in Africa, compared to 25 physicians per 10,000 in the U.S. So the Africa Mercy brings volunteer medical teams and sterile operating rooms directly to people who would otherwise go without care.

It’s the world’s largest civilian hospital ship providing state-of-the-art care to those in desperate need—free of charge.

how we help


a wider reach

Over 50% of the world's population lives within 100 miles of a coast.

providing free care

We remove tumors, give sight to the blind, correct clefts, fix fractures, and more.

more lives saved

More than 82,000 surgeries have been performed onboard our ships since 1978.