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 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

  • Two of Mercy Ships very own African Changemakers will be sharing their experiences on CNN International from the 31st of January. CNN International’s African Voices Changemakers highlights extra...

  • Tuesday the 3rd of December was Giving Tuesday, an international day of charitable giving that kicks off the Christmas season, and this year Mercy Ships supporters have done us proud! In just one day ...

  • This years Cargo Day is already on track to be the biggest yet with many organisations from the global shipping community getting on-board. Mercy Ships would like to say a huge thank you to the many c...