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

  • You are warmly invited to join us for one of our heart-warming Mercy Ships Carol Services this December. These services offer us a chance to reflect on the miracle of lives transformed and celebrate t...

  • We are pleased to announce that the new book from our founder, Don Stephens, hits the book stands this Thursday. ‘A Daily Dose of Mercy’ contains 365 short daily devotions on the theme of mercy. Each ...

  • We’re thrilled to announce that Mercy Ships will be featured on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal this month! This is a phenomenal opportunity for us to share the Mercy Ships story with more people, and we hope ...