Over 50% of the population lives within 100 miles of the coast. Many nations lack clean water, reliable electricity, medical facilities, and personnel. Our ships deliver a state-of-the-art hospital to port cities, providing a controlled, safe and clean environment for patients—and volunteers.

Happy Face in Mirror

transcending borders.
changing lives.

Mercy Ships began sailing on our mission to provide hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor in 1978. Each year, we’ve been able to reach more people to provide life-changing surgeries.

In 2018, 2,522 life-changing surgeries were performed, as well 32,017 dental procedures. Over 22,146 potential patients were screened for surgery, and over 1,369 local African healthcare professional were trained. Every port brings new challenges, new successes—and new lives transformed forever.

Information about Mercy Ships maxillofacial surgeries

Craniofacial tumors, cleft lip, cleft palate, ear-nose-throat diseases

Information about Mercy Ships plastic reconstructive surgeries
Plastic Reconstructive

Severe wound scars, benign tumors, chronic ulcers, burn contractures

Information about Mercy Ships orthopedic surgeries

Bowed legs, club feet, and congenital conditions

Information about Mercy Ships women's health surgeries
Women’s Health

Childbirth complications, vesicovaginal fistulas, rectovaginal fistulas, prolapse

Information about Mercy Ships general surgeries
General Surgeries

Hernias, goiters, other issues correctible by surgery

Eye Care

Cataracts, allergy, infection, injury, pterygium,and strabismus

Information about Mercy Ships oral health care
Oral Health

Gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, tooth extraction, dental hygiene

Information about Mercy Ships mental health care
Mental Health

Training for medical and civil service leaders to identify and address mental illness

Information about Mercy Ships palliative care
Palliative Care

Terminal illnesses, patient care, spiritual and practical support

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