Mercy Ships Announces the Global Mercy™, World’s Largest NGO Hospital Ship
Over 16 million people die each year due to lack of surgical care; Mercy Ships is building a response to this world problem for the future. The charity aims to increase its work with partner nations in Africa to help meet this challenge. To this end, Mercy Ships announces the forthcoming launch of a new hospital ship!
The Global Mercy™ will deliver a safe and clean environment to various African nations, providing help and resources from some of the most well-trained physicians in the world. Over the vessel’s 50 year expected lifespan, it is estimated that more than 150,000 lives will be changed on board through surgery alone.
The 174-meter, 37,000-ton ship will have six operating rooms and house over 600 volunteers from around the globe representing many disciplines including surgeons, maritime crew, cooks, teachers, electricians, the host staff and more. The ship will also feature a 682-seat auditorium, student academy, gymnasium, pool, café, shop and library – all of which have been designed to accommodate up to 950 crew on board when docked in port.
The Global Mercy™ will join the current flagship Africa Mercy, more than doubling the impact of volunteers and services we provide. And thanks to all local partners – health professionals, hospitals and clinics and local NGOs – this is an unprecedented opportunity to contribute in improving the access to surgical care in Africa.