“Let us look into the future and make the future better than the past.”

Dr. Pierre M’Pelé, Mercy Ships Africa Bureau Director

“Let us look into the future and make the future better than the past.”

Dr. Pierre M’Pelé, Mercy Ships Africa Bureau Director

Celebrating 30 years of partnership
– and looking ahead to the future

You’re invited to be a part of a historic moment as
Mercy Ships gathers with the nations of Africa
to create a roadmap for safer surgery by 2030.

Celebrating 30 years of partnership – and looking ahead to the future

You’re invited to be a part of a historic moment as Mercy Ships gathers with the nations of Africa to create a roadmap for safer surgery by 2030.

Double the Hope.

Double the Impact.

Announcing the Global Mercy™, a ship
designed to transform even more lives.

Double the Hope.

Double the Impact.

Announcing the
Global Mercy™, a ship
designed to transform even more lives.

Mercy Ships Africa

Delivering life changing surgeries and sustainable healthcare for those who need it most.

Mercy Ships Africa

Delivering life changing surgeries and sustainable healthcare for those who need it most.

Mercy Ships Africa

Building the future of safe surgical, obstetric and anaesthetic care in Africa

May 4 – 5: Expert Scientific Meeting

May 6: African Minister of Health Summit

Mercy Ships Africa

Building the future of safe surgical, obstetric and anaesthetic care in Africa

May 4 – 5: Expert Scientific Meeting

May 6: African Minister of Health Summit

Mercy Ships Returns to Dakar in 2023, Serving Senegal and The Gambia

Over the last 30 years, Mercy Ships has been based exclusively in Africa, serving the nations of Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Togo.

Since more than 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, our hospital ships are an efficient and effective way to bring state-of-the-art medical care to those with the greatest needs. But Mercy Ships offers more than life-changing surgeries.

While the Africa Mercy and the newly built Global Mercy sail from port to port, teams on the ground and at the Mercy Ships Africa Bureau in Benin continue to work with local governments and medical leaders to strengthen local surgical systems and invest in the next generation of healthcare workers.

2023 is an exciting year, as the Honorable Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, the Gambia’s Minister of Health, has signed a protocol agreement which will allow selected Gambian patients to be admitted for surgery while the Global Mercy is in Dakar.

With the additional capacity of a second ship, there is renewed excitement and historic momentum surrounding all that can be accomplished. Mercy Ships remains a trusted partner in the pursuit of a shared vision with the people of Africa. Ultimately, Mercy Ships seeks to fulfill its mission of bringing hope and healing.

Mercy Ships Returns to Dakar in 2023, Serving Senegal and The Gambia

Over the last 30 years, Mercy Ships has been based exclusively in Africa, serving the nations of Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Togo.

Since more than 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, our hospital ships are an efficient and effective way to bring state-of-the-art medical care to those with the greatest needs. But Mercy Ships offers more than life-changing surgeries.

While the Africa Mercy and the newly built Global Mercy sail from port to port, teams on the ground and at the Mercy Ships Africa Bureau in Benin continue to work with local governments and medical leaders to strengthen local surgical systems and invest in the next generation of healthcare workers.

2023 is an exciting year, as the Honorable Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, the Gambia’s Minister of Health, has signed a protocol agreement which will allow selected Gambian patients to be admitted for surgery while the Global Mercy is in Dakar.

With the additional capacity of a second ship, there is renewed excitement and historic momentum surrounding all that can be accomplished. Mercy Ships remains a trusted partner in the pursuit of a shared vision with the people of Africa. Ultimately, Mercy Ships seeks to fulfill its mission of bringing hope and healing.

The Africa Mercy is in Dakar, Senegal!

After sailing from Senegal in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercy Ships is overjoyed to announce the return of our fleet as of February 1st, 2022. The volunteer professionals of Mercy Ships are honored to partner with Senegal’s Ministry of Health by offering immediate surgical intervention aboard our ships. Together, we will share resources and training to build Senegal’s capacity and assist the Minister of Health to strengthen a dynamic national surgical plan.

Through our previous visit and ongoing work in Senegal, we know the existing healthcare system is filled with dedicated professionals who wish to serve their patients with the highest quality of care possible. Mercy Ships is excited to have returned with our vessels and continue elevating the standard of healthcare even higher.

Mercy Ships Returns to Dakar in 2023, Serving Senegal and The Gambia

Over the last 30 years, Mercy Ships has been based exclusively in Africa, serving the nations of Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Togo.

Since more than 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, our hospital ships are an efficient and effective way to bring state-of-the-art medical care to those with the greatest needs. But Mercy Ships offers more than life-changing surgeries.

While the Africa Mercy and the newly built Global Mercy sail from port to port, teams on the ground and at the Mercy Ships Africa Bureau in Benin continue to work with local governments and medical leaders to strengthen local surgical systems and invest in the next generation of healthcare workers.

2023 is an exciting year, as the Honorable Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, the Gambia’s Minister of Health, has signed a protocol agreement which will allow selected Gambian patients to be admitted for surgery while the Global Mercy is in Dakar.

With the additional capacity of a second ship, there is renewed excitement and historic momentum surrounding all that can be accomplished. Mercy Ships remains a trusted partner in the pursuit of a shared vision with the people of Africa. Ultimately, Mercy Ships seeks to fulfill its mission of bringing hope and healing.

“…an extraordinary group of people from around the world who exemplify a unique expression of compassion…”

“Mercy Ships has shown great compassion on the Liberian people. I wish to thank all the volunteers on the ship who come from all over the world for their sacrifice and the comfort they have given…”

“I know I speak on the behalf of many, many millions of people when I say thank you very much to all of you for your dedication, for your caring…”

“…an extraordinary group of people from around the world who exemplify a unique expression of compassion…”

“Mercy Ships has shown great compassion on the Liberian people. I wish to thank all the volunteers on the ship who come from all over the world for their sacrifice and the comfort they have given…”

“I know I speak on the behalf of many, many millions of people when I say thank you very much to all of you for your dedication, for your caring…”

The Africa Mercy is in Dakar, Senegal!

After sailing from Senegal in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercy Ships is overjoyed to announce the return of our fleet as of February 1st, 2022. The volunteer professionals of Mercy Ships are honored to partner with Senegal’s Ministry of Health by offering immediate surgical intervention aboard our ships. Together, we will share resources and training to build Senegal’s capacity and assist the Minister of Health to strengthen a dynamic national surgical plan.

Through our previous visit and ongoing work in Senegal, we know the existing healthcare system is filled with dedicated professionals who wish to serve their patients with the highest quality of care possible. Mercy Ships is excited to have returned with our vessels and continue elevating the standard of healthcare even higher.

We believe that access to surgical care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

We believe that access to surgical care
is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Ask Us Anything

We are excited to share our story with you. We believe that a successful collaboration is based on mutual trust. By being transparent with local media and organizations and inviting them to learn more about our mission, we hope to build strong partnerships that will help us achieve our goals.

For this purpose, we have selected for you the most important facts and figures about Mercy Ships.

If you have any questions, please contact us using this form. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Get in Touch

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Please be aware, we’re not taking any referrals through this form. Referrals through messages or email will not be received. Any other message we will try to respond to ASAP.

Ask Us Anything

We are excited to share our story with you. We believe that a successful collaboration is based on mutual trust. By being transparent with local media and organizations and inviting them to learn more about our mission, we hope to build strong partnerships that will help us achieve our goals.

For this purpose, we have selected for you the most important facts and figures about Mercy Ships.

If you have any questions, please contact us using this form. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Get in Touch

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Please be aware, we’re not taking any referrals through this form. Referrals through messages or email will not be received. Any other message we will try to respond to ASAP.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our hospital ships each visit one country at a time for an average term of 10 months. To learn more about our different surgeries, please go here.

If you do not live in the host country, please stay tuned by visiting our website: mercyships.africa to find out the next destination of our hospital ships.

Thank you for your interest in Mercy Ships. Please note that we do not accept any new referrals from patients at this time. But please stay tuned on mercyships.africa to find out when the patient selection will reopen.

Mercy Ships is invited by and works together with governments in Africa to serve their people. The Africa Mercy is currently in Senegal until November 2022. The Global Mercy is completing its final outfitting stages in Europe and will begin her first full field service in Senegal in early 2023.

The best way to find out which countries Mercy Ships will serve next is by staying tuned on mercyships.africa.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Please visit mercyships.africa/volunteer to find out more information and learn how to apply.