Since 1978, Mercy Ships has offered free surgical care to countries that rank in the lower third of the United Nations Human Development Index. Our hospital ships provide a state-of-the-art platform for providing a comprehensive package of hope and healing that is comprised of three parts: direct medical services (surgeries and medical treatments), training (educational courses and mentoring), and infrastructure development (renovating and equipping medical facilities).
The report of the Lancet Commission has focused the worldâ€™s attention on the lack of surgical care in low-income countries. Since Mercy Ships has been providing free surgical care for over 38 years, we are being recognized as having on-the-ground practical experience. See how the surgeries we perform give us the authority to offer education and training. And we do not just go and do surgery â€¦ we also help the nations build their own surgical capability through our capacity-building programs.
More information on the Lancet Commission’s website here.