Mercy Ships is an international faith-based organization working in low- and middle-income countries in Africa. Mercy Ships deploys hospital ships to provide direct medical care to patients with unmet surgical needs and works with host nations to strengthen existing health systems and improve access to quality healthcare for all. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, more than 2.86 million people have benefited from the services provided. Mercy Ships provided services and materials in low- and middle-income countries valued at over $1.77 billion.
The Africa Mercy and the Global Mercy are the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ships and are dedicated to serving the continent of Africa. As many as 1.550 volunteers from 60 nations serve on board our fleet in a normal year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills. With 16 national offices and an Africa Bureau, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time.
Mercy Ships follows the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to those without access to safe surgery.
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to transform lives and serve nations.
Desiring to follow the model of Jesus, we seek to:
- Love God
- Love and serve others
- Be people of integrity
- Be people of excellence in all we say and do