– new hope in the water.
Africa needs hope and healing now more than ever before, and our new hospital ship Global Mercy is shining the light of hope into a difficult year.
Construction on the Global Mercy is nearing completion and soon she’ll be fitted out and undergoing sea trials. But now the search is on for the most important part of the ship – and that critical component, that beating heart need to bring the ship to life, is you.
The Global Mercy is the world’s largest civilian hospital ship and, together with our long-serving Africa Mercy, will bring hope and healing to the world’s poorest people. It’s been a massive undertaking and, as the Global Mercy begins her journey and years of service, we need more volunteers to bring her to life.
We know that’s a big ask especially in times like these, when uncertainties abound, health and economic challenges are constant and the thought of overseas travel seems impossible – but we know you. Your hearts are big and your mercy flows like a strong tide so we know you’ll give it some thought. We also know that the journey to service with Mercy Ships takes time and serious consideration which is why, if you are interested in exploring what’s involved, or have served previously on the Africa Mercy, the information you need has been put together here
We’re also filled with gratitude for the many donors who have helped fund the construction of this incredible vessel – and we thank you with all our hearts. What’s been achieved is remarkable.
It really is a very big ship and, for our volunteers, an experience potentially quite like no other. It’s built to more than double our capacity to deliver safe healthcare and medical training. At 174 metres long and weighing in at 37,000 tonnes, the Global Mercy will have state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, six operating theatres and 199 hospital beds. 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.
We will need 600 volunteers to power this new ship which has ample accommodation to make surgeons, nurses, maritime crew, cooks, teachers, electricians, technicians and all our other essential people feel at home.
The Global Mercy will join the Africa Mercy to serve Africa together and their combined medical technology, passionate crews, and partner support means many more people will be helped.
Free surgical procedures by some of the most well-trained physicians in the world remains an important part of our life-changing work. While our patients experience physical healing through the surgeries they receive, they often find much more. Children are able to go to school. Mothers and fathers are able to work and provide for their families. Community relationships are restored. For so many of our patients, access to surgery means finding hope again.
Mercy Ships is dedicated to leaving a legacy of hope and healing. Volunteers like you will help us continue to build up local doctors, nurses and healthcare systems, ensuring that more countries are better able to confront the unknown.
Over the next 50 years, it is estimated that more than 150,000 lives will be changed onboard the Global Mercy through surgery alone, with countless more lives helped by the ship’s medical training and infrastructure programmes. In close collaboration with our host nations in Africa, the Global Mercy, together with the Africa Mercy, will more than double the impact of our work.
More facts and figures, and a video about the Global Mercy here