Founded in 1978 in Lausanne by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships is an international humanitarian organization based on Christian values. Its mission is to improve access to health care in developing countries.
Mercy Ships helps the poor without distinction of race, gender or religion.
It also supports local development through training programs and medical facilities renovations, in order to sustainably improve the health systems of the countries visited.
This is done in close collaboration with the host countries.
- Reconstructive surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Gynecological surgery
- Ophthalmic surgery
- Dental care
Training and capacity building: for surgeons and other local health professionals, who can also learn to manage and repair biomedical equipment as well as hospital administration.
Agricultural Training: for families and poor communities to improve the quality of their food and thus improve their health.
Orphanage: The House of Hope in Benin welcomes children with a painful past, who may find peace and hope here. The House of Hope is a personal initiative recognized and supported by Mercy Ships Switzerland.
Mercy ships operates on a voluntary basis: each year, over 1,600 volunteers from over 40 nations are committed with Mercy Ships. Professionals, such as surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to make a difference.
The Albatros Foundation supports Mercy Ships since 2016.