Mercy Ships floating hospital the Africa Mercy is almost entirely staffed by volunteers. The crew includes around 200 incredible people from the UK, who give up their time and raise their own funds to cover their bed and board. Mercy Ships have a dedicated Volunteer Support Executive in place whose role is to support our compassionate and devoted volunteers.
The nature of their work requires their recruitment and induction phase to be robust and thorough, so the support starts by helping volunteers complete the lengthy and complex application process. Mercy Ships incredible volunteers can be away from home for several months, performing demanding roles that can also be emotionally challenging - life on the ship is something entirely different to what many of them have known or experienced before.
Mercy Ships Volunteer Programme ensures that there are processes and people in place to offer support, comfort, mentoring and guidance, a listening ear as well as goodies and treats from home! The UK Club is working alongside Mercy Ships to sponsor their Volunteer Programme for the year, to ensure their vital work can continue.
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Don and Deyon Stephens founded Mercy Ships in 1978. Ships in the Mercy Ships fleet have visited more than 451 ports in developing nations around the world, bringing lasting change to millions of lives.
Mercy Ships is an international, faith-based organisation with a mission to increase access to health care throughout the world, serving the poor regardless of race, gender or religion.
Mercy Ship operates the largest charity hospital ship in the world - The Africa Mercy. The floating hospital comprises five surgical suites, a radiography suite with a scanner and X-rays, a Laboratory, a hospital ward with 82 beds, and accommodation for the crew.
The ship visits some of the poorest countries on Earth as ranked by the UN and WTO. In recent years, the ship has visited West Africa and Madagascar. According to The Lancet, the mortality rates in Africa are: 2.8% for HIV/Aids, 2.3% for TB and a staggering 32.9% due to a lack of access to safe surgery. Mercy Ships is able to reach many people with surgical needs as 75% of the population live near the coast.
Every pound that Mercy Ships receives is complemented by over two pounds in contributed gifts-in-kind and services. Most significantly, those serving on the ships contribute monthly crew fees and raise their own finances to serve with Mercy Ships. For these reasons, the return on investment for Mercy Ships is nothing less than extraordinary.
For more information: https://www.mercyships.org.uk/