Global Mercy™

Introducing the new Global Mercy™

Our first purpose-built hospital ship is more than a just hospital, she is a transportable community of 600+ volunteers who will double our ability to save and transform lives.

The international crew are dedicated to providing essential surgical services otherwise inaccessible in low-income countries, and to building the capacity of health care services in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 150,000 people in desperate need are estimated to receive life-transforming surgery onboard during the vessel’s 50-year lifespan.

Designed to meet the unique needs of our patients and equipped with world-class medical technology, the Global Mercy will more than double the capacity of Mercy Ships to deliver safe healthcare and medical training. At 174 metres long and weighing in at 37,000 gross tonnes, the Global Mercy is the world’s largest civilian hospital ship.

The Hospital 

Medical training and developing capacity in our host nations is a critical part of all our programmes and to facilitate this aspect of our work, the Global Mercy  will have a training centre that includes a simulation lab, virtual reality stations, and the latest teaching equipment.

The hospital covers most of decks 3 and 4 on the Global Mercy – approximately 7,000 square metres containing supply and auxiliary services, 6 operating theatres, 102 acute care beds and an additional 90 self-care beds. The intensive care unit including 7 ICU/isolation beds was paid for by $1million raised by the people of New Zealand.

The Global Mercy is designed to carry out a wide range of surgeries including, maxillofacial and reconstructive surgery, tumour removal, cleft lip and palate repair, plastics, orthopaedic surgery, cataract removal, and obstetric fistula repair.

More about the mission of the Global Mercy here

Details, illustrations and Global Mercy Infographics

maritime, medical and general volunteer roles with Mercy Ships