Mercy Ships

Two-thirds of the world’s population cannot get access to safe surgery when they need it.

About Mercy Ships:

As a result, 18 million people die every year from conditions requiring surgery. This is higher than the number who die from TB, malaria and HIV/Aids combined. Mercy Ships is working to tackle this crisis. We operate the largest charity-run hospital ships in the world, delivering free, safe medical care to some of the world’s least-developed countries. These floating hospitals are staffed almost entirely by volunteers, who give their expertise for free to help treat dental and eye problems, cleft lips and palates, tumours, club feet, childbirth injuries, burns and various other conditions.

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has visited 56 countries, providing services worth more than £1.2 billion that have directly helped more than 2.7 million people. We have also trained 43,370 local professionals in their areas of expertise to leave a legacy that lasts. Our medical capacity building work has equipped and empowered thousands of healthcare providers, some of whom have gone on to train others.

With the recently announced Global Mercy, we will more than double our capacity in 2021. This means there are more opportunities than ever before to improve access to safe, affordable and timely healthcare.

Call to Action – Volunteers

Could you join the medical, surgical and dental teams onboard the world’s largest charity hospital ships? We need volunteers to serve in 2021 and beyond. Get in touch today to speak to someone about the opportunities available to you.



Website: click here to visit the Mercy Ships website