Mercy Ships

Year established 2005
Sectors NHS
Country Ghana

Overall goals

Providing free surgery to those without hope of paying for treatment. Speciaties covered are Maxillo-facial surgery, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, dentistry, obstetric fistula surgery and general surgery.

Key UK Colleagues and Partners

NHS Fife, Mercy Ships.

International Partners


Sustainable development goals

  • SDG 3 - Good health and well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities

Funding source

Self funded

Project origin

Heard about them from a colleague.

Evidence of need

The countries Mercy Ships works in are some of the poorest in the world and patients with deforming conditions receive no free healthcare and are usually too poor to pay for it. Also the operations they need are usual not available in their countries.

Project areas


Project activities

Two week placement


Changes to individual patients’ lives and building more sustainable services in those countries (the organisation usually does health education and sometimes builds clinics while the ship is in a particular country).

Next steps

Am going back next year to work in Guinea on the ship.



Mitigating challenges

Had to take annual leave when it is really very hard work and I felt that it would be good if the hospital would allow special leave or at least perhaps work out cover for my lists while I am away as a contribution to the charity work I feel that I need my holidays and that the NHS should support this work by allowing some time for professionals to do it without always taking annual leave.

Project gains

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • clinical
  • awareness
  • academic
  • patient
  • resilience

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