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. Our charity hospital ships sail directly to these people to offer the medical care they need – for free.

Mercy Ships, Volunteers

Our volunteers

The Mercy Ships crew of the Africa Mercy 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 all skills, we need your skills.

Mercy Ships

The countries we visit

Since 1978, medical missions by Mercy Ships have worked with compassion in more than 56 nations, providing services worth over £1.2 billion that have helped more than 2.8 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

Latest news

  • Mercy Ships UK is delighted to announce it has appointed Joanne Balaam as its new Executive Director.  Joanne’s appointment comes as the charity looks to the future and prepares to unveil big plans th...

  • Come Onboard! This is an exciting time to join the Mercy Ships UK team. With the recent announcement of our new ship, The Global Mercy, we are moving into a new phase of growth and changing even more ...

  • Over 18 million people die each year due to lack of surgical care; Mercy Ships builds a response to this world problem for the future October 6, 2020 – Today, Mercy Ships announced a first look at the...

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