young children standing together waiting in lineHernias and goiters often plague adults and children in many developing countries in Africa. Children with these conditions miss school. Adults become unable to work. The cycle of poverty is perpetuated. Often, a simple surgery can relieve the burden of these diseases.

Mercy Ships provides free corrective surgeries to the suffering poor in the communities we serve.

We also work in partnership with local and national governments, a variety of agencies, and local physicians, to provide the specialized surgeries that facilitate life enhancing and, in many cases, lifesaving transformations.