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 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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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 Dr Patricia

Story of Dr Patricia

Dr. Patricia was aware that, even with the proper education, opportunities to turn her surgical dreams into a reality were rare in Cameroon. When she heard about the ophthalmic mentoring available on the Africa Mercy, she was thrilled to participate.

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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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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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Dr Sarah

Dr Sarah

“When I signed up, I had come for two weeks before but then I signed up for a year… and it will certainly be a lot more!”

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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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