Capacity building, surgeries and healthcare

Mercy Ships increases access to health care throughout the world.

Through the deployment of the world’s largest, private hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships helps fill the gaps in health care systems, while serving the dire and immediate needs of their population.

Mercy Ships improves the local health care infrastructure and builds capacity by providing training opportunities for medical professionals along with curative surgical interventions.

Collaborating with qualified local and international partners, Mercy Ships programs offer holistic support to developing nations striving to make health care accessible for all.

Mercy Ships statistics

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has provided services and materials in developing nations valued at more than US$ 1 billion, including the following:

  • performed more than 67,000 life-changing operations such as cleft lip and palate repair, cataract removal, orthopaedic procedures, facial reconstruction and obstetric fistula repair.
  • treated over 572,000 patients in village clinics, with over 119,000 dental patients with more than 305,000 dental procedures performed.
  • Trained more than 5,800 local health-care teachers who have in turn trained many others.
  • trained over 32,100 local professionals in their area of expertise (anesthesiology, midwifery, sterilization, orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery, leadership).
  • taught over 164,000 local people in basic health care.
  • completed over 1,100 community development projects focusing on water and sanitation, education, infrastructure development and agriculture.

Fistula, illness of shame

An article about fistula in Africa was published in the Swiss newspaper Le Matin today. Read it here (in French).

William: "I can see my son again!"

Three years ago, William developped cataracts. He became blind and could not afford surgery. Until, one day, a big ship arrived in...

Eye surgery

Each year thousands of West Africans can see again thanks to a free life changing operation on the Africa Mercy. Visit our on-board operating theater, our off-ship eye center, eye patients on the Africa Mercy and a "celebration of sight ceremony".

Mercy Ships eye surgery on board the Africa Mercy

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