a limited life

When she was just a baby, a boiling pot accidentally fell onto little Gamai’s right arm, leaving behind a severe burn contracture. With no access to surgery or treatment, the burn immobilized Gamai’s entire right arm, crippling her entire future.

children like Gamai suffer daily in places where medical care is nearly nonexistent

1 in 11

children die before their fifth birthday

85%

of children need surgery by age 15

1 physician
for every
5,000 people

In sub-Saharan Africa, the numbers are heartbreaking. Curable conditions quickly become life-threatening due to a lack of safe surgery.

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together

for those suffering, a vessel of hope

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.

it starts with location

Because 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, we can provide more surgeries for more people

 

we’re built on efficiency

In regions where resources are scarce, a state-of-the-art hospital ship is the most efficient way to deliver free surgeries

we create lasting change

Our programs include training and mentoring local professionals, providing medical tools and resources, building better facilities, and more.

YOU and Mercy Ships

Your compassion steps onboard to walk alongside each patient to remind them that they are not forgotten.

step 1: screening

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.

step 2: 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.

step 3: sustainability

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…

happy childhood healed

After successful surgery and a few months of rehabilitation, Gamai could be found happily waving to friends and family, with the full use of her right arm, and a brighter future in her heart. Talk about a mother’s dream. “All I can say is thank you,” Gamai’s mother tearfully shared with Mercy Ships donors and staff. “Thank you.”

Your heartfelt love for children can help change the entire future of a suffering family.

There’s no greater feeling knowing you helped a child in need. Free surgeries change lives.

Provide free surgeries that change lives.