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Transformed lives: our patients

One billion people. That’s the estimated number of individuals who lack access to even basic health care in this world of ours. They suffer from preventable diseases, untreated illnesses, and neglected injuries. Even a simple toothache can turn into a life-threatening crisis. But with the unwavering support and prayers of friends like you, Mercy Ships is determined to bring them hope and healing.

Why Africa?

Basic healthcare is simply out of reach of nearly half the population in sub-Saharan Africa. With only two doctors per 10,000 people, the lack of access to safe and afffordable surgery when it’s needed causes more deaths in the region that HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB combined. 

Behind every statistic is a story, a life – a person waiting for hope and healing.

The challenge is immense, but we are making a difference each day by providing surgical and healthcare solutions. We work hand in hand with local partners, mentoring and training people in their healthcare arena, making a sustainable investment into improving healthcare systems for the future.

Mercy Ships exists as a compassionate response to a world in need, irrespective of ethnicity,  religion or gender. The core values of Mercy Ships reflect a belief that every individual is made in the image of God, and worthy of a helping hand to alleviate their suffering and hope for a healthier future.  

Stories of transformation: our heroic patients

A father’s love: Aissatou’s story

Aissatou’s family was heartbroken by her struggles with a cleft lip, often hiding her behind a scarf to shield her from ridicule. Now healed and hopeful, Aissatou proudly shares her beautiful smile with the world.

Life-changing healing for Samba

The relentless tumour that had been growing since Diarra was a teenager had all but stolen her hope for the future.

The future holds great promise

The relentless tumour that had been growing since Diarra was a teenager had all but stolen her hope for the future.

Whole again after 27 years

After being severely burned as a child, Coumba adjusted to difficult life with a hand immobilised by scars. But hope for a different future had arrived.

The gifts within – Hamadou finds hope

Hamadou learned to cope with the physical limitations of his cleft lip, which impacted his ability to swallow and eat, Even his family were fearful of him.

Daouda’s long journey

Douda’s loving dad had tried every possible avenue to seek treatment for his son”s tumour – to no avail. Yet hope drove them to try once more.

I want to volunteer!

Volunteer testimonies

Our volunteers are selfless servants. They deliver the highest quality care to individuals who otherwise would have little access to medical services. And they pay their own way, so every franc donated to Mercy Ships can go directly to helping the world’s forgotten poor.

Michelle Knubley

Michelle Knubley   My name is Michelle Knubley. I am born and raised in  Gisborne. I have been a nurse for 6 years. I have been working as a surgical nurse for the last 4 years in my local hospital.  I was looking for an opportunity to have a break from work  while doing something […]

Kim Kimpay

Kim Kimpay Hello lovely people. As some of you are already aware, I have been recently accepted to volunteer onboard the Global Mercy Ship from August until October this year in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  The Global Mercy is the world’s largest NGO hospital ship in the world delivering vital, free surgeries to people in […]

Juliana Williams

Juliana Williams Hello, my name is Juliana, I’m a registered nurse based in the rural far north of NZ and have been called to serve with Mercy Ships. I enjoy emergency and general nursing with GPs and after hours service. I have enjoyed the challenge of placements in remote areas, in Coromandel, Great Barrier Island, […]

Faith Mcintyre

Faith Mcintyre Hello, my name is Faith, I’m 20yrs young and have been called to serve on mercy ship in Sierra Leone, Africa. I’m super excited to be joining the team, I will be volunteering as dining room staff member for 7 months. Agriculture has always been a huge part of my life, growing up […]

Ben Trotter

Ben Trotter With over 1,500 meals served daily onboard, the Dining Room is the heart of hospitality here on the Africa Mercy. As a Dining Room Team Leader I have the great responsibility of providing servant leadership, training, and oversight as I work alongside the Dining Room team to ensure excellent  on-time food service hospitality. I oversee the entire dining experience onboard as […]

Teniah and Travis Howell

Teniah and Travis Howell We are so pleased to be returning to serve a third time with Mercy Ships in Africa. For many years we have felt a strong connection with the core-values of Mercy Ships. The relationships developed onboard provide both physical as well as emotional healing and can truly transform lives. This resonates […]