Save & transform lives today.

Globally, five 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.

Hope & Healing

For over 45 years Mercy Ships has been providing hope and healing around the world.

Over 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast. That’s why our ships are the best way to reach people with personalized, state-of-the-art medical care. 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. Join us.

Lives forever changed - because of you.

landing page thumbnail An accident as an infant left Gamai badly burned, her arm unable to stretch or straighten.
Meet Gamai!

Gamai was barely a year old when she bumped into a pot of boiling water, leaving her with intense burns. The incident left her muscles visibly scarred and unable to bend without pain, exposing her to hurtful and cruel comments from neighbors in her village. The severity of her condition and the lack of available healthcare left Gamai with little hope for healing. Then Gamai boarded the Africa Mercy and underwent the reconstructive surgery she desperately needed. Now healed inside and out, Gamai can reach higher in life than ever before!

landing page thumbnail Aboard the Africa Mercy, she received the treatment she urgently needed.

Ships like no other.

Powered by hope, mercy, and you.

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Our hospital ships stay in port for months to provide hope and healing to thousands and build long-term medical capacity in the areas we serve.

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Many communities have little to no access to timely, safe, affordable surgical care, so we work to answer the call of providing free surgery to those in need.

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Volunteer led

Volunteers are the heart of our work - doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, and more. These dedicated volunteers from over 60 nations pay their own way to give their time, talent, and hearts to help transform the lives of others.

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Our ships are the world's largest civilian hospital ships. Our nonprofit mission is possible thanks to corporate donations of supplies and the gifts of generous people like you.

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More the 2.5 million lives have been impacted through the surgical care, medical training, and infrastructure development that we provide.

Frequently asked questions.

  • 80 cents of every dollar Mercy Ships spends goes straight to our ships and field operations to provide surgeries and world-class medical care to those who have no other hope. Plus, every dollar received multiplies in value, thanks to the support of our generous corporate sponsors.

  • 2M+ LIVES IMPACTED Through surgical care, medical training, and infrastructure development, we impact millions.

Help transform lives.