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Travel Health Journal

Medical Directory Map 2014

More IAMAT doctors ready to help travellers

We are very pleased to welcome physicians from the following countries to the IAMAT family. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Kingston, Jamaica Nairobi, Kenya Pokhara, Nepal Singapore Barcelona and Zaragoza, Spain We’re continuously adding more trusted medical and mental health practitioners to our network. The image above shows the location of IAMAT affiliated clinics around the world. These English-speaking doctors are vetted by us and are ready to help IAMAT members. See why travellers choose the IAMAT medical system. To access the listings online login with your member and postal code. You can also contact us to get a copy of our Medical Directory.

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An unexpected twist: Travelling with temporary accessibility needs

Our Communications and Marketing Specialist, Daphne Hendsbee, recently experienced what it is like to travel with accessibility needs. Here’s her story and advice. An unexpected twist When I injured my ankle in a rock climbing accident, I never thought it would still be plaguing me a month later on a trip to Las Vegas. Travelling with mobility assistance was an eye-opening experience in accessibility, planning, and patience. Travelling with temporary injuries En route, I found myself stranded on an accessibility bus at the Los Angeles airport, unable to walk to security and nervously counting down the minutes until my connecting flight left without me. Although I cut it very close, I didn’t miss my connection. When I arrived in ...


Meet Daphne, our new travel health advocate

We’re very pleased to welcome Daphne Hendsbee to our team. Daphne is IAMAT’s new Communications and Marketing Specialist. Her goal is to reach out to more travellers to help them plan a healthy trip. Here’s an introduction to Daphne. Where did you grow up? I was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and raised in Ottawa, Canada. Where did you go to school: I studied Global Development at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. What are some of your most memorable travel experiences? I travelled extensively through Europe and eastern Canada, sampling as much local cuisine as possible along the way. I have lived abroad twice: as a student in East Sussex, United Kingdom and as an intern at the ...


8 Things about Dr. Fredrick Kinama

Meet Fredrick Kinama of Nairobi, Kenya, our latest travel medicine scholar. Dr. Kinama received the inaugural 2014 IAMAT Violet Williams Travel Medicine Scholarship to attend a travel medicine certification course sponsored by the South African Society of Travel Medicine in May. Here are 8 interesting facts about Dr. Kinama and what he learned during his training in Johannesburg. 1. Is 32 years old. Speaks English and Swahili, and is well versed in Taita, a Bantu language spoken in the Taita Hills on the south eastern border with Tanzania. Graduated from the University of Nairobi Medical School in 2008 and is certified in health management systems. Among his previous positions, he worked in El Wak on the border with Somalia ...


Travel Health Advice for Brazil’s 2014 World Cup

We here at IAMAT love soccer. Strike up a conversation with Nadia, our member services co-ordinator and she’ll tell you all about the ins and outs of the European soccer league. Next June and July, the world will be descending on 12 cities in Brazil to watch the FIFA Soccer World Cup. If you’re one of the few lucky ones to get a ticket or even if you’re planning to travel there soon, here’s what you need to know to plan a healthy trip. Getting ready To start, give yourself at least six weeks before you leave to prepare. Make sure that your routine immunizations are up-to-date. Infections like measles spread easily during mass gathering events like sports tournaments. ...


NEW! Guide to Travel Health Insurance

Did you know that our new Guide to Travel Health Insurance is out? Hot off the presses, this guide seeks to answer one of the most frequently asked questions we get from travellers: “Where can I find travel health insurance and what should I look for?” IAMAT members told us that they are looking for guidance on how to navigate the world of travel health insurance. We did the research for you and wrote a comprehensive primer to help you find the best coverage for your needs. Travel insurance insiders Bruce Cappon of First Rate Insurance and Damian Tysdal of Travel Insurance Review also share their tips on how to buy wisely. We do not name any companies in ...


Meet the doctors who will help you

Meet Vinay Vaidya from Nepal and Ali Raza from Pakistan. If you get sick away from home, you can count on them to help you. Vinay and Ali are both doctors who trained at Hainan Medical University for three months with the 2013 IAMAT-HAINAN Travel Medicine Scholarship. This was made possible thanks to the generous support from our members. Photo – Dr. Ali Raza, left, and Dr. Vinay Vaidya, right, at the Hainan Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Ali Raza Ali’s goal is to one day practice travel medicine back home in Pakistan, specifically in the Khagan Valley, a beautiful mountainous area that attracts many tourists. He became interested in travel medicine during a trip to ...


Get Your Guide to Healthy Travel

Are you confused about all the travel health advice out there and don’t know if the information is credible? You’re not alone. You may come across inconsistent advice or don’t know if you can trust the source. Travel health advice can vary from country to country and even between different public health and travel medicine professional organizations. According to travel medicine practitioners Alan Magill and David Shlim,”Some of the reasons why guidelines differ include availability of products in different countries, a different cultural perception or risk, lack of evidence (or differing interpretations of the same evidence), and sometimes just honest difference in opinion among experts.” Another issue we encounter in our work is the lack of monitoring or under ...


Travelling with Food Allergies

How do you stay healthy during your trip if you have food allergies? Our guest blogger, Robert Haru Fisher,* explains what he brings along on his travels to prevent an adverse reaction and tells us about his experiences along the way. I’ve had allergies to certain foods all my life, and yet I have visited over 100 countries in my more than 50 years as a travel writer, mostly for the Fodor and Frommer guidebooks. At first, my only weapons were my wits, which taught me to speak English slowly if I did not know the native language and always to speak to whomever prepared the food. Fewer people outside English-speaking countries spoke English back then. (In the Mideast, ...