2.84+ million

PEOPLE ASSISTED

105,500+

SURGICAL PROCEDURES

488,000+

DENTAL PROCEDURES

49,000+

HEALTH WORKERS TRAINED

DO JUSTLY
LOVE MERCY
WALK HUMBLY

Mercy Ships is an international charity dedicated to bringing hope and healing to the world’s poorest and most marginalised people.

Together with your help, we bring free healthcare services to people of all ages in desperate circumstances – people who have no chance to get the medical help they need until a hospital ship from Mercy Ships comes to town.

Our volunteers perform life transforming surgeries, provide desperately needed healthcare and training, run the ship, feed the crew, support with donations, prayer and encouragement to all those involved in this mission of mercy.

Discover how you can make a difference – explore our story here, find out who we are, who we serve, how lives have been transformed – and how you can get involved.

WE BELIEVE EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS IMPORTANT

Mercy Ships is an international charity dedicated to bringing hope and healing to the world’s poorest people.

Together with your help we bring free healthcare services to people of all ages in desperate circumstances – people who have no chance to get the medical help they need until a hospital ship from mercy ships comes to town.

Our volunteers perform life transforming surgeries, provide desperately needed healthcare and training, run the ship, feed the crew, support with donations, prayer and encouragement to all those involved in this mission of mercy.

Discover how you can make a difference – explore our story here, find out who we are, who we serve, how lives have been transformed – and how you can get involved.

OUR

New Zealanders have filled vital roles with Mercy Ships since the charity began in 1978.

OUR

See the remarkable stories of our courageous patients and our huge-hearted volunteers, and the difference that mercy makes in transforming thousands of people’s lives every year.

OUR

Providing essential surgery, healthcare services and medical capacity building free of charge to nations in extreme poverty.

TOGETHER WE
PROVIDE ESSENTIAL
SURGICAL CARE FOR
THOUSANDS IN NEED

Your support today makes it possible
for our volunteer crew to answer the call of
people without access, but in desperate need of healthcare.

                                       For 3 decades we have worked with host countries in Africa to strengthen healthcare systems by enhancing local skills and training, and building sustainability.

YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS
HELP BRING HOPE AND
HEALINGS TO
THOUSANDS

Your support todays means
our volunteer crew can answer the call of
people in desperate need of medical care.

Why Ships?

For many people living in low-income countries, timely specialised medical help simply is not available – for accidents, congenital conditions or the physical impact of poverty. This leads to life-long disability. Mercy Ships volunteers provide the surgery not usually accessible – and partner with local healthcare providers to build their surgical and medical capacity for the future of their nations.

But it’s the individual patients whose lives are transformed and their journeys that tells the whole story.  .

VOLUNTEERING WITH
MERCY SHIPS IS
GUARANTEED TO
CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Roll up your sleeves for the adventure of a life-time with Mercy Ships, and make a real difference for people in desperate need! Serve the world’s poorest people by volunteering your skills. Whatever your experience and availability, there’s something for you.

LATEST FROM THE NEWS ROOM

10 Aug: A beautiful reunion

Twenty years after her surgery and hundreds of kilometres from home, Donna was shocked to hear her surgeon unforgettable voice…

08 Aug: Sterile Processing:

Understanding the Invisible Enemy Genevieve Dione has long been incorporating elements of sterile processing as an endoscopy technician in Dakar,…

05 Aug: Safer Surgery for a New Generation:

 Paediatric Anaesthesia Training in Senegal In order to attain new skills that could save countless vulnerable young lives, 30+ Senegalese…