Mercy Ships, Helping Patients

Our Patients

In low-income and lower-middle-income countries, nine out of ten people have no access to basic surgical care. Mercy Ships sails directly to these people to offer the medical care they need – for free.

Mercy Ships, Volunteers

Our volunteers

The Mercy Ships crew is led by a team of volunteers from up to 40 nations, all of whom give their time and expertise for free. Mercy Ships doesn’t just take doctors and nurses – we need your skills.

Mercy Ships

The countries we visit

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has worked with compassion in more than 55 countries, providing services worth more than £1 billion that have helped more than 2.5 million people. Our current focus is on sub-Saharan Africa.

“I salute the vision and mission of Mercy Ships, and ask that you join me in supporting their noble work and contribute to make this world a better place.”

Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa

“To all the ladies and gentlemen on the ship, I express my sincere congratulations for such an unflinching commitment on the side of the most vulnerable and poorest of third-world countries.”

Matthieu Kérékou, Former President, Benin

Mercy Ships in numbers




countries served





Latest news

  • Our 14 incredible cyclists are about to take on the challenge of a lifetime – cycling from London to Paris to raise money for Mercy Ships. The riders will cycle for 300 miles from Crystal Palace...

  • Before our 10-month field service in Cameroon ended in June, we asked Mercy Ships supporters to say “thank you” with a quick note that we could share with the crew members who made it possible. So far...

  • The Mercy Ships 40th anniversary summer ball was a huge success, raising more than £140,000 to help fund our medical programmes in Africa. The ball, which took place on 9 June at 8 Northumberland Aven...