An unthinkable condition. An unbelievable transformation.

Ulrich’s medical condition left his legs severely bent. With no medical or surgical options, Ulrich’s future included being gawked at, teased, and ridiculed, a fate no child deserves. Then Mercy Ships gave him the free surgery that changed his life forever.

After both legs were straightened, the healing process began. The day his casts were removed, Ulrich stood up on his own, walked toward his Mercy Ships surgeon, and handed him the wooden walking sticks. He wouldn’t need them anymore. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

You can be a part of transforming lives like Ulrich’s.

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14 African Nations.
2M+ Lives Impacted.

For over 40 years, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 56 nations. Currently, Mercy Ships is focused on providing surgeries and medical training in sub-Saharan Africa, while helping develop a strong health infrastructure in the areas we serve. Why Africa? For several reasons.

The need is great. In sub-Saharan Africa, there are only 2 physicians per 10,000 people.

People in developing countries in Africa suffer and die from treatable conditions, including tumors, burns, twisted limbs, and more.

Mercy Ships is a long-term partner of health specialists in Africa, committed to training and mentoring healthcare workers and increasing medical capacity.

*Hover over a country for highlights of our impact.

Why Africa?

For over 40 years, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 56 nations. Currently, Mercy Ships is focused on providing surgeries and medical training in sub-Saharan Africa, while helping develop a strong health infrastructure in the areas we serve. Why Africa? For several reasons.

The Need is Great

In sub-Saharan Africa, there are only 2 physicians per 10,000 people.

Lack of Access

People in developing countries in Africa suffer and die from treatable conditions, including tumors, burns, twisted limbs, and more.

Health Specialist Partnerships

Mercy Ships is a long-term partner of health specialists in Africa, committed to training and mentoring healthcare workers and increasing medical capacity.

Highlights

• Senegal
Mercy Ships helped renovate medical facilities in the port of Dakar, helping to create a legacy of healing.

• Gambia
In Gambia 85% of children will require surgery before age 15. Mercy Ships helps to meet that need.

• Guinea Bissau
HOPE Center built for patient recovery, then gifted to Guinea Bissau to build medical capacity in nation.

• Guinea
Mercy Ships dental team in Guinea teaches dental students while also caring for nearly 6,000 patients.

• Sierra Leone
7 field services performed, partnering with the country to improve its principal hospitals.

• Liberia
907 days in Liberia changed countless lives, including the lives of our volunteers.

• Côte D’lviore
Medical capacity throughout the Ivory Coast has been strengthened in partnership with Mercy Ships.

• Ghana
Field service years in Ghana: 1991, 1994, 1995, 2006, 2007.

• Togo
The first Mercy Ships field service in Africa was in Togo, and we’ve returned six times.

• Benin
1,054 days spent performing over 1,900 life-changing surgeries in Benin.

• Cameroon
Medical training courses provided to over 1,400 Cameroonian healthcare professionals.

• Republic of Congo
Over 2,500 lives changed, with 1,400+ local healthcare workers trained and mentored.

• South Africa
Throughout South Africa, thousands of lives have been impacted through free surgery and training.

• Madagascar
1,400+ healthcare workers trained to build medical capacity in Madagascar.

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Two Ships.
Twice the Transformations.

The Global Mercy, our newest ship and the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, will join the Africa Mercy in providing even more life-changing surgeries and medical training.

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“As a nurse onboard, I get to be a part of rebuilding broken hearts with love and laughter...
This is why 
I volunteer. “

Meggin Tallman, USA
Volunteer Ward Nurse

Our mission is fueled by the time, talent, and hearts of volunteers.

More than 1,300 volunteers come from over 50 nations.

Volunteers pay their own way to care for others in need.

Powered by Love

“As a nurse onboard, I get to be a part of rebuilding broken hearts with love and laughter...
This is why 
I volunteer. “

Meggin Tallman, USA
Volunteer Ward Nurse

Our mission is fueled by the time, talent, and hearts of volunteers.

More than 1,300 volunteers come from over 50 nations.

Volunteers pay their own way to care for others in need.

Healing Gamai

Gamai suffered severe burns on her upper torso and arms when she was just one year old. The scarring left her unable to use her arms, and others made fun of her. Her mother kept her little girl sheltered for years to protect her from the cruelty of others.

Today, after surgery, Gamai and her family are overjoyed — and her infectious spirit can now be seen by all.

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Provide Free Surgeries that Change Lives

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