WHY WE CARE

In sub-Saharan Africa, up to 69% of people live
on less than $2 a day.

Healthcare in these countries either
doesn’t exist or is unaffordable.

Over 16 million people die each year because
they can’t get the surgery they need.

more people die each year from a lack of safe surgery than from HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis
combined. Among the countries Mercy Ships serves, access to safe, affordable and timely surgery is extremely
limited. As a result, countless people suffer and die from “diseases of poverty” that can easily be cured.
Mercy Ships is currently focused on sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

The story of Valerie & Edith

At their home in Cameroon, Valerie and Edith were among the 5 billion people in our world who don’t have access to safe, affordable, timely surgical care. Their tumours — benign and growing on their salivary glands — typically would be treated very early in the developed world.