9 out of 10 people living in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to safe surgery. This means 16.9 million people die each year from conditions that are treatable or curable — the equivalent of a crowded football stadium every day.

Premier Christian Radio and Mercy Ships have come together in a yearlong partnership, to bring this urgent and unjust need to the attention of Christians and churches across the UK. We share the belief that everyone deserves access to medical treatment. This year is pivotal since the global pandemic threatens to undo decades of progress across Africa.

Jesus said, when we visit the sick we do it for Him (Matthew 25:31-46). Today, you can follow the 2000-year-old model of Jesus: You can transform lives with free surgeries. You can stand alongside hundreds of Christians volunteering their skills onboard our ships. And you can help provide training for local surgeons and nurses, leaving a legacy in each African nation. You can bring hope and healing to people like Aicha.

Aicha is a little girl who suffered from bowed legs, a condition caused by poverty. Thanks to a free surgery onboard our floating hospital, Aicha is now able to attend school and play with her friends. Today, more children like Aicha are dreaming of a life without pain, fear, rejection and ridicule.

The Africa Mercy ship is already working in Senegal, crewed by many volunteers from the UK. And the Global Mercy is the world’s first and largest charity floating hospital and medical school. It will join the Africa Mercy soon, and half of the roles onboard are not medical at all.

Whether you pray, donate, volunteer, or all three, you can transform lives today.