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Mercy Ships exists to offer Hope and Healing to the world’s forgotten poor.

We respond to the ongoing and urgent lack of medical and surgical access and care in the poorest countries in Africa. The Mercy Ship brings help, health services, training and development from our floating hospital.

About Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships is a compassionate response to a world in need, bringing first world medical services to those with little access.

Through the deployment of the world’s largest, civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships works with host nations to help fill the gaps in healthcare systems, while serving the dire and immediate needs of their population.

Mercy Ships provides a variety of training opportunities for medical professionals, along with curative surgical interventions.


Video presentation of Don Stephens, Founder of Mercy Ships

New Mercy Ships vessel - The Global Mercy

Mercy Ships, with the help of BRS and many other partners, has begun work on a purpose- built ship. This new ship will expand the ability of Mercy Ships to deliver medical care, while significantly increasing capacity-building and training potential.

It will be capable of serving anywhere in the world and will initially expand Mercy Ships activity on the African continent.

Global Mercy in construction exterior done

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Story of Ousseynou and Assane

Due to lack of proper nutrition, conditions like that of Ousseynou and Assane are not uncommon in nations we serve. Through direct surgical care and a focus on training local agricultural trainers, Mercy Ships desires to treat the effect and the cause of many of the conditions we see and help heal. Today, the twins walk with straight legs and our hope is that future generations will too, without surgical intervention.