In many developing countries, even basic medical care is a luxury. And in Africa, nearly 50 percent of the people have no access to a hospital or doctor.
Children, teens, adults and the elderly suffer and die every day from curable or treatable causes. A staggering 6.6 million children under the age of five died in 2012 from treatable diseases – more than 18,000 children per day. (Source: WHO).
The challenge is enormous, but don’t let the statistics numb you. Every number has a name, a face and a story. And they will break your heart.
For more than 40 years, Mercy Ships and its committed partners and volunteers have followed the model of Jesus to bring hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor, one life at a time.