Transformed lives: our patients

About 5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate access to surgical interventions. Every year, 143,000 surgeries are lacking. Behind every statistic is a story, a life - a person waiting for hope and healing.

Mercy Ships exists as a compassionate response to a world in need. Together we are part of one race on our planet, irrespective of country, creed or colour.

Discover the stories of lives transformed through hope and healing!

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Story of Tene

Story of Tene

Three-year-old Tene walked with an imbalanced gait. One of her feet was normal, but the other was comprised of an oversized ankle and foot. But a woman who saw her decided, she would do anything to help.

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Story of Aicha

Story of Aicha

“When they removed the bandages, I saw my daughter as a woman for the first time” Fatmata said. “She was like a new person. She was dancing and laughing.”

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Story of Mariama

Story of Mariama

Mariama was born with a facial cleft. Her parents are faced with difficult questions, and no one seems to be able to help…

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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.

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Alphonse

Alphonse

Alphonse has known Mercy Ships for a long time: he has already volunteered in 1991 on board the Anastasis, our first hospital ship! In 2019, he supervised the maintenance work on the Africa Mercy.

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Dr Sarah

Dr Sarah

Dr. Sarah Kwok ist derzeit als Chef-Anästhesistin an Bord der Africa Mercy tätig und stellt ihre Fähigkeiten dem von ihr geleiteten Operationsteam zur Verfügung.

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Janina

Janina

After joining Mercy Ships as a dental assistant, Janina stayed within this humanitarian organisation: she is responsible for recruiting volunteers in German-speaking Switzerland!

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