According to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, more than 18 million people die each year from conditions requiring surgical care. As a result, people suffer and die from “diseases of poverty” that can easily be cured through surgical intervention.
Mercy Ships began sailing on a mission to provide hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor in 1978. Each year, we’ve been able to reach more people to provide life-changing surgeries.
The links between a lack of affordable health care and global poverty are clear. There is an urgent need for significant growth in providing life changing medical treatment as well as building surgical capacity and training in developing countries.
Mercy Ships tackles these diseases of poverty through a three step / three year partnership model with every country we are invited to support:Step 1 - Collaborative Assessment
Step 2 - Ship Deployment
Step 3 - Training & Support