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.

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Story of Saliou

Story of Saliou

Saliou was too young to realize that he was different. At 2 years old, the little boy had no idea that his cleft lip set him apart from the other children.

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Marie-Madeleine

Story of Marie-Madeleine

When she was a child, Marie Madeleine developed an abnormally tight muscle contracture in her leg. Despite this difficulty, Marie Madeleine continued making the short journey to school, where she was determined to learn.

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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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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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