Over 5 billion people on the face of the Earth lack access to safe surgical and medical care. This statement alone explains why Mercy Ships exists.
In many developing countries in Africa, even basic medical care is a luxury. People are plagued by preventable disease, untreated illnesses and neglected injuries. Even a simple toothache can become a life-threatening crisis. Nearly 50 percent of the people have no access to a hospital or doctor.
Children, teens, adults and the elderly suffer and die every day from curable or treatable causes. A staggering 6.6 million children under the age of five died in 2012 from treatable diseases - more than 18,000 children per day. (Source: WHO). The challenge is enormous but with your help we can save lives.
For more than 38 years, Mercy Ships and our volunteers have followed the model of Jesus to bring hope and healing to the world’s poor one life, one community and one nation at at time. Mercy Ships and its volunteers treat life-threatening tumours, cleft lip and palate repairs, plastic reconstruction for severe burn-related injuries, hernia repairs, cataract removal, correction for orthopaedic deformities (club foot, bowed legs and other severe abnormalities), obstetric fistula repair and dental care.