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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Why Africa?

Since the beginning, 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.

And now, 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.

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