Diseases of poverty

According to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, more than 17 million people die each year from a lack of safe surgery. That is more than three times the annual number of people who die from HIV, malaria and TB combined.

Among the countries Mercy Ships serves, which lie on the lower third of the World Health Organisation’s Human Development Index, access to safe, affordable and timely surgery is extremely limited. As a result, countless people suffer and die from “diseases of poverty” that can easily be cured. Mercy Ships is currently focused on sub-Saharan Africa, and on this page you can read about our most recent field services in the region.

How your donations make a difference

This work is only possible because of our incredible volunteers

There are around 400 volunteers on our hospital ship at any one time, and 1,000 serve onboard throughout the year. One of them could be you!