Together in partnership, Rotary and Mercy Ships are changing lives in Africa

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We’re so grateful for the record-breaking Rotary Foundation Global Grant of $1.125 million to fund vital medical equipment on the Global Mercy and training for healthcare professionals. The funds were raised to provide a range of medical equipment, including a state-of-the-art CT scanner. It also funded a range of medical equipment for the ship’s hospital decks with six operating theatres, three infection isolation rooms, 147 ward beds, six post-operative recovery beds and four intensive care beds. This vital fund will also help deliver training and education for local healthcare workers.

Thank you!

Debbie Hodge – GB & I president 2018-19

“Little acts of kindness and generosity make a huge difference in an individuals life, but join up all that kindness and generosity and you can change the lives of whole communities, whole nations and even a whole continent. This Global Grant of 1.125 million dollars will do that! It will change the health outcomes in every country the Global Mercy visits and the legacy will be seen for generations to come. From Inspiration, to Connecting the World, and now Rotary Opens Opportunities to bring surgical care, education and training to West Africa. Thank you to the Grants Team of District 1260 and all who made contributions, and the Mercy Ships team – our partners in making a difference.”

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The work we do is only possible because of the long-standing partnership between Rotary and Mercy Ships.


Whether onboard in over 200 different roles or within the UK as a speaker or at events, we need volunteers like you!

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