Registered Charity No: 1053055 (England & Wales), SC039743 (Scotland).
Mercy Ships deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to people in desperate need.
Two out of three people on the planet do not have access to surgery when they need it. Conditions requiring surgical treatment kill more people in low-income countries than HIV/Aids, TB and malaria combined.
In sub-Saharan Africa, up to 69% of people live on less than £2 a day. Healthcare in these countries either doesn’t exist or is unaffordable to the vast majority of the population.
As well as completing thousands of urgent operations onboard the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships volunteers work with host nations to improve the way healthcare is delivered by training and mentoring local medical staff, and renovating local facilities. By improving healthcare delivery in every country it visits, Mercy Ships is working to eradicate the diseases of poverty and effectively do itself out of a job.
To achieve this, Mercy Ships delivers a customised five-year partnership model with every country it is invited to support. Relationships are built with the national government and ministry of health, so that the needs of each country are met.
In this way, Mercy Ships doesn’t just address the immediate need on the ground, but also works to strengthen the country’s healthcare systems and drive policy change. The aim is to tackle the root causes of the problems rather than just the consequences.