Who We Are

Mercy Ships operates hospital ships that deliver free surgeries and other healthcare services to those with little access to safe medical care. An international faith-based organization, Mercy Ships has focused entirely on partnering with African nations for the past three decades. Working with in-country partners, Mercy Ships also provides training to local healthcare professionals and supports the construction of in-country medical infrastructure to leave a lasting impact.

Each year, more than 3,000 volunteer professionals from over 60 countries globally serve on board the world’s two largest non-governmental hospital ships, the Africa Mercy® and the Global Mercy™. Professionals such as surgeons, dentists, nurses, health trainers, cooks, and engineers dedicate their time and skills to accelerate access to safe surgical, obstetric and anesthetic care. Mercy Ships was founded in 1978 and has offices in 16 countries globally as well as an Africa Service Center in Dakar, Senegal. For more information, visit mercyships.org and follow @MercyShipsASC on social media.

The work of Mercy Ships is only made possible by the generosity of supporters and volunteers. If you would like more information, please contact our Africa Service Center.

How do we respond to the global surgery need?

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to bring hope and healing to nations who are holistically building stronger healthcare systems.

Check out our stories and updates from our team, partners, patients and volunteers onboard the ship.

Check out our stories and updates from our team, partners, patients and volunteers onboard the ship.

Mercy Ships Africa Bureau

For over 40 years Mercy Ships has been invited to African Nations. Our African Bureau, based out of Benin, is available to answer your questions and to tell you more about our work in Africa. Mercy Ships Africa Bureau established in 11th October 2016 through an Accord de Siège signed by Don Stephens and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Benin

International Board

While living in Lausanne, Switzerland, Don Stephens began a journey that led to the founding of Mercy Ships in 1978. In fact, Don and his wife Deyon lived onboard the first Mercy Ship with their four children for 10 years.Don continues to serve on the  Mercy Ships International Board, which has 38 active members and 2 emeritus members, from 14 nations.