Two out of three people in the world lack access to essential surgical care.

Mercy Ships is deploying floating hospitals in Africa: their volunteer crews provide life-changing surgery, as well as advanced medical training and infrastructure renovations to support the local health care system.

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Transformed lives: meet our patients!

Story of Khoudia

Khoudia had lost all hope:no local hospital was able to perform the surgery she needed.

Story of Kadidja

At first glance, Kadidja is just like any other child. The 4-year-old girl is happy and energetic. She loves to dance, play, and eat good food. She brightens up any room with her fearless energy and hardly ever stops giggling. But something was holding her back.

Story of Houleye

Houleye had to bear the weight of a tumor nearly half the size of her face.

Story of Amadou

For the last 15 years, medic Amadou refused to be defined by the tumour on the side of his face.

Story of Kadiatou

One can hardly watch Kadiatou trying to keep her balance on her twisted legs.

Story of Aicha

Without her mother’s milk, Aicha became malnourished. Soon her legs began to bow outward.

The impact of Mercy Ships in numbers

opérations chirurgicales


life-changing or life-saving surgical procedures performed on our hospital ship since 1978.

soins dentaires


dental procedures performed by our volunteer dentists



healthcare professionals trained to train others

"I applaud Mercy Ships in their efforts of transformational development as they make a lasting difference in a world of need. Mercy Ships has committed themselves to the vision of an African renaissance in their vision of bringing hope and healing to the continent of Africa. I salute the vision and mission of Mercy Ships and ask that you join me in supporting their noble work and contribute to make this world a better place."

Our partners

CIFER is the training center for network electricians in French-speaking Switzerland.

Ab Box

Ab Box stores furniture on a monthly and yearly basis with storage depots in Vaud, Fribourg and Valais.


The MSC Foundation implements the MSC Group’s conservation, humanitarian and sustainable development commitments and has supported Mercy Ships with free global transportation of medical supplies since 2011.


Illutas IT management consulting provides support and practical advice on information technology, process and information management to Mercy Ships.


The Hirslanden Private Hospital Group consists of 17 hospitals, 4 outpatient practice centers, 16 radiology centers and four radiotherapy centers. This makes it the largest medical network in Switzerland. The partnership includes a volunteer service opportunity with Mercy Ships for Hirslanden employees, joint communication and other forms of support.


cometris supports companies and institutions like Mercy Ships in their internal and external communication. The agency does this so that clients are heard by their target groups and understood as desired.


Ardentis Cliniques Dentaires is a group of 13 dental clinics and one laboratory company in French-speaking Switzerland, offering comprehensive and multidisciplinary dental care. Ardentis and its more than 250 employees define their mission as follows: to make dental care more pleasant and innovative and to strive for excellence. Ardentis and Mercy Ships work together to support the Dental Programme of Mercy Ships in Africa. Each year, several Ardentis employees join the dental teams on our ships to serve the populations of our host countries.


With more than 40 years of experience, HSB Heizsysteme und Brenner AG is the heating technology partner that private households, SMEs and industrial clients can count on. We are delighted to welcome Mercy Ships to our business premises in Belp and to share our office space with them.


ALIGRO is a Swiss family-owned grocery store chain. They have supported Mercy Ships over more than 15 years with financial support.


The BRS Group is a diversified and dynamic global shipping services group offering a range of maritime activities to complement its core broking business. As well as Shipbroking and Yacht Brokerage, the Group’s activities include Marine Insurance, Freight Derivatives, Software Technology, Market Intelligence and Maritime Consulting.

Geistlich Pharma

Geistlich Pharma AG develops, manufactures and markets medical devices for restoring bone, cartilage and soft tissue, as well as drugs. Geistlich Pharma AG has been the world market leader in dentistry for many years.


Vertical Access specializes in construction work that is difficult to access, at height and rope.


The talented photographer Alexander Harbaugh generously offers his services to Mercy Ships Switzerland from time to time,, capturing the atmosphere of our events or taking colorful portraits of our staff.


Brocard Paysagiste maintains without remuneration the exterior of the Maison de Rovéréaz managed by Mercy Ships. It is a dynamic and motivated company that offers the creation and maintenance of terraces, paths, pavements, walls, fences, hedges, flowery spaces, etc.


Printing company Jordi AG is specialized in providing global solutions in the area of publications editing and communication. Jordi SA has been printing our newsletters for over 25 years and regularly offers us their support.


Formsache is specialized in professional office supply planning and provides services in the fields of interior design and color concepts. Form-sache AG created a decorative and design concept for the new offices of Mercy Ships in Belp, took over the coordination of the execution and carried out the on-site equipment.


Die Ordini Dinastici della Real Casa di Savoia engagieren sich seit jeher für karitative und solidarische Zwecke in Italien und im Ausland. Dies ist auch dank ihrer zahlreichen Delegationen möglich, die Aktivitäten in der ganzen Welt fördern.