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

  • Through the medical capacity building programme, Mercy Ships works hand-in-hand with partnering nations and local medical professionals to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure in Africa – and has ...

  • Many of you may be eagerly anticipating the end of 2020. We all know that this December may be very different from the usual. But one thing that has not changed is the importance of Giving Tuesday: an...

  • 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 lives. PR Medi...