Charity information

Mercy Ships

Imagine a world without a GP, a hospital, a doctor or nurse or optician.

Our floating hospital, home to 450 volunteer doctors and nurses, brings loving care to ordinary people across West Africa

Founded 1978

  • Mission statement

    Mercy Ships is a global charity, started on a prayer and bringing loving care and good health to disabled people living in the poorest parts of West Africa.

    Being a Christian charity does not mean that we aim to convert people to our beliefs and neither does it mean that we only help other Christians. Our vision is that all people, of all faiths and none, have the right to health and the right to hope and confidence about the future.

    Our wonderful volunteers share this ideal. The joy of giving good health and renewed self-confidence to people who were disabled, felt neglected (and often ashamed) and in pain is what drives these extraordinary people.

    Each year the Africa Mercy hospital ship, crammed full of highly skilled volunteers, cares for those who are suffering by giving:-
    Dental treatments
    Cataract removals
    Straightening crossed eyes
    Cleft lip and palate repairs
    Orthopaedic operations
    Ponseti non-surgical repairs for club foot
    Facial reconstructions (such as for Noma)
    Tumour removals
    Burns repairs
    Severe child birth injury repairs (Fistula)

    We also train local doctors and nurses, and local clinic technicians and managers, to carry on this desperately needed work.

    Most of these conditions used to exist in the UK but have been eliminated, or are conditions that are corrected so early on in the UK they don’t become disabling.

    Please help us to continue this vital work.

  • Aims

    Mercy Ships aims to:

    • To provide free srugery and healthcare through our hopsital ship; to disabled and disfigured people across West Africa; to train local doctors and nurses and to help build local clinics and hospitals
  • Overview

    Established: January 1978

    Registered Charity Number: 1053055

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 8

    Part time staff: 12

    Volunteers: 600

    Phone number: 01438 727 800

    Address: Mercy Ships UK Ltd The Lighthouse 12 Meadway Court Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2EF

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