Not your ordinary cruise ship! It’s a floating hospital.
Mercy Ships provide free lifesaving surgeries for people where medical care is nearly non-existent.
Many people in Africa have little or no access to healthcare. There are only 2.5 physicians for every 10,000 people in Africa, so the Africa Mercy brings volunteer medical teams and sterile operating rooms directly to people who would otherwise go without care. It’s the world’s largest civilian hospital ship providing state-of-the-art care to those in desperate need — free of charge.
Lives hang in the balance.
The Need: Nearly 50% of people in Africa have no access to a hospital or doctor. Children, teens and adults suffer and die every single day from curable or treatable causes. One child in eight will die before age 5. One in eight.
The Solution: For nearly 40 years, Mercy Ships has delivered free services valued at more than $1 billion – directly impacting more than 2.5 million children and families. But they need the help of friends like you to keep providing the first-rate medical care that save lives and transforms futures.
Since 1978, Mercy Ships has offered free surgical care to countries that rank in the lower third of the United Nations Human Development Index. Hospital ships provide a state-of-the-art platform for providing a comprehensive package of hope and healing that is comprised of three parts: direct medical services (surgeries and other medical treatments), training (educational courses and mentoring) and infrastructure development (renovating and equipping medical facilities). They also help the nations build their own surgical capability through their capacity-building programs.
This week, we are happy to give $100 to Mercy Ships. We double dog dare you to read some of the many stories on their website and not dig into your own pockets to help provide funds for this different type of cruise! Go to the website. Read the stories. Watch the videos. Be a part of something big.
limited resources. limited training.
The Need: There are many limitations to developing healthcare delivery in Africa.
- Most hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa operate with limited resources, in some cases without the availability of electricity and running water, making working conditions challenging and sub-optimal.
- Hospitals are understaffed. A lack of staff and supplies leads to very limited training and continued education.
- The tendency for highly skilled medical professional to migrate to a more economically developed country, also known as the ‘brain drain’. In the target region where Mercy Ships works, approximately 42% of African-born physicians work in the US or Europe.
(Statistic source: Clemens, Michael A, and Gunilla Pettersson. Center for Global Development. Human Resources for Health. New data on African health professionals abroad. 2008 6:1)
The Solution: Mercy Ships provides essential capacity building projects requested by the nations we serve to help the local country to deliver healthcare more safely and with greater knowledge, tools, and resources. Our Capacity Building projects aim to strengthen local healthcare systems by:
- Training and mentoring local medical professionals
- Providing courses to improve skills, patient care, and local health practices
- Infrastructure improvements and renovation
a stronger surgical ecosystem
The Lasting Impact: With practical and relevant healthcare training projects that demonstrate and impart knowledge, skills, and a compassionate, professional attitude to each participant, Mercy Ships Capacity Building projects help strengthen the standards of care within the local surgical ecosystem. The legacy is lasting impact that extends for years—and even generations.
a sailing hospital. a vessel of hope.
Our ships are state-of-the-art facilities that offer clean water, reliable electricity and care centers. Because over 50% of the population lives within 100 miles of the coast, we’re able to sail a modern hospital ship with a crew of 400 volunteers directly to people who lack access to first-rate medical care.