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Mercy Ships

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Mercy Ships is an international faith-based organization using hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services and sustainable training in the developing world. Mercy Ships provides direct medical services to those in need and holistic support to some of the poorest countries in the world, striving to make healthcare accessible for all.

Mercy Ships is an international faith-based organization using hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services and sustainable training in the developing world. Mercy Ships provides direct medical services to those in need and holistic support to some of the poorest countries in the world, striving to make healthcare accessible for all.

Globally, as many as 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia services. Marginalized populations continue to suffer due to a lack of trained healthcare providers, inadequate infrastructure, and disproportionate out-of-pocket healthcare costs. The countries served by Mercy Ships are ranked as the poorest in the world by the United Nations Human Development Index.

Lack of access to safe surgery is killing more people per year than TB, malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Although 315 million surgeries are performed globally each year, less than 6% of these are done in low and middle-income countries. The result is that people become disabled, lives are destroyed, and medical problems that could easily be treated such as appendicitis, hernia, fractures, obstructed labor, and congenital anomalies become deadly.

Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, with more than 2.35 million direct beneficiaries. Each year more than 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations serve with Mercy Ships. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to further Mercy Ships goal of bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor. Mercy Ships serves all people without regard for race, gender, or religion.

During each 10-month field service, Mercy Ships:

  • Provides an average of 2,000 free surgeries for adult and child patients
  • Treats more than 18,000 dental and eye patients at land-based clinics
  • Provides holistic healthcare education to approximately 500 local healthcare professionals.