Mission: Mercy Ships, a global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Following the example of Jesus, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the poor, mobilizing people and resources worldwide.
Target demographics: to increase access to health care.
Direct beneficiaries per year: in offereng direct medical services and capacity building assistance, including education, renovations, equipment and donations benefiting thousands of individuals.
Geographic areas served: Western Africa
Programs: through the deployment of the world’s largest, private hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships works with host nations to help fill the gaps in health care systems, while serving the dire and immediate needs of their population. Mercy Ships provides a variety of training opportunities for medical professionals (surgeons, nurses, anesthesia providers, administrators and community health workers), along with curative surgical interventions. Collaborating with qualified local and international partners, Mercy Ships programs offer holistic support to developing nations striving to make health care accessible for all. Since 1978, Mercy Ships delivered services to more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries. The countries served by Mercy Ships are ranked as the poorest in the world by the United Nations Human Development Index.
As a way of explanation, in 2008, Mercy Ships legal home moved from California to Texas. As a result, a new charity was formed and a new application for charitable status was filed and approved by the IRS. All assets, liabilities and operations were merged from the old Mercy Ships into the new entity. This was necessitated by the inability of the IRS to move a registered charity between states. As you review this Guidestar entry for Mercy Ships, please keep in mind that it ceased to exist at the end of 2008. For recent activity, please see the Mercy Ships records for EIN 26-2414132