1 in 11
children die before their fifth birthday
By the time she was starting to crawl, Aicha could see nothing around her. Milky white cataracts blocked Aicha’s vision. And blindness loomed over her entire life. School was impossible. Being treated like an outcast was inevitable.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the numbers are heartbreaking. Curable conditions quickly become life-threatening due to a lack of safe surgery.
Why a ship? Simply put—a hospital ship is the best way to deliver safe surgeries to some of the poorest people in the world.
Because 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, we can provide more surgeries for more people
In regions where resources are scarce, a state-of-the-art hospital ship is the most efficient way to deliver free surgeries
Our programs include training and mentoring local professionals, providing medical tools and resources, building better facilities, and more.
Your compassion steps onboard to walk alongside each patient to remind them that they are not forgotten.
Thousands line up. Many wait overnight, hoping and praying for the chance of life-changing surgery. Sadly, some must be turned away. Yellow patient cards serve as tickets for those approved to come onboard in the coming weeks for surgery.
Often, our volunteer surgeons can remove a life-threatening condition—like a facial tumor—in a matter of hours. Each surgery, and every patient, has their own story. Then, our entire crew offers their loving care to ensure patients receive the proper post-surgery treatment, rest and personal attention needed for a full recovery.
Healing continues long after one of our ships departs. Mercy Ships aims to leave a host nation better equipped to care for their own by training and mentoring local professionals, providing in-country healthcare workers with medical tools and resources, helping to build better local medical facilities, and more…
After meeting Mercy Ships and receiving successful cataracts surgery, Aicha’s entire life was filled with light. As her bandages were removed, her eyes grew wide. Surrounded by crew and supporters, Aicha focused in on her family. She ran into her mother’s legs, buried her face in them, and looked up at her mother for the very first time.
These are the blessed moments your generosity creates. A gift for free surgery can help cure lifelong suffering and heal entire lives. Help answer the prayers of the next family in need today.