Collaborate for lasting impact

Mercy Ships supports hospitals, clinics and healthcare professionals in the countries visited by offering them training opportunities and renovating some of their infrastructures.

In this way, we help improve access and quality of healthcare and maximize the impact of our hospital ships long after their departure.

Local medical capacity building programs


Medical infrastructure renovations

Together with local leaders, governments and the national ministries of health, development teams assess healthcare needs in local hospitals and design and implement renovation projects.

Country Partnership Engagement Plan

The COVID-19 crisis around the world has highlighted the importance of a strong healthcare system and prompts us to redouble our efforts to better train local medical personnel.

Phase 1. Collaborative Assessment

Mercy Ships listens, builds relationships, and collaborates with the Presidential Office, Ministry of Health, other departments of the government, and non-governmental organizations in the nations we serve. A collaborative effort has an increased impact. A protocol of commitment is signed, taking into account World Health Organization targets.

An analysis of capacity needs within the local healthcare system is undertaken, establishing where assistance will be most effective. The Assessment Team examines surgical and ancillary service capacity, the port, security, and builds rapport with key stakeholders. An Advance Team enhances the effectiveness of the ship deployment by preparing for the ship’s arrival.

Phase 2. Ship Deployment

For 10 months, a Mercy Ship is docked in the host nation’s port, providing free surgical and dental care for thousands of people, training and mentoring for local healthcare workers, renovations for local facilities, and more.


Phase 3. Training & Support

Project implementers return to understand any challenges faced by local healthcare professionals in implementing learned materials and skills, provide further instruction, as well as offer encouragement and additional input.

On subsequent visits, teams ascertain how the work of Mercy Ships changed the lives of patients and trained healthcare professionals and evaluate the sustained hospital and clinic improvement. Lessons learned are used to inform future work.

A concrete example: Gamal dental school in Guinea

“On behalf of the Liberian people, I wish to thank all the volunteers on the ship who come from all over the world for their sacrifice and the comfort they have given to so many poor and needy Liberians. Their work goes beyond compassion and healing the sick. It shows that the world is a global village, with no racial and social boundaries. The Liberian people are grateful.”

Let's support health systems in Africa together

Let's support health systems in Africa together