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

  • Mercy Ships is excited to be the featured charity partner for the 2019 Spring Harvest festival — the second year in a row for such an honour! We had such an uplifting experience last year at Spring Ha...

  • Mercy Ships is delighted to announce the publication of an important medical paper in the British Journal of Surgery (BJS). The paper, co-authored by Mercy Ships expert Dr Michelle White of Great Ormo...

  • Mercy Ships UK is delighted to announce that our trustee Ann Gloag will be honoured by the Queen in the New Year 2019 honours list. Ann’s commitment to nursing (20 years of service) business and chari...