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IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

More IAMAT Doctors To Help You

Our Medical Directory is growing! We’re very pleased to welcome two new doctors to our international network. IAMAT Members now have access to a mental health professional in Caracas, Venezuela and a general practitioner in Port Perry, Canada. To see our two recent additions, go to: Medical Directory. One of our main functions is to find highly qualified doctors committed to helping you in case you get sick abroad. We constantly update our Medical Directory with new information and publish a hard copy edition annually. IAMAT regularly inspects and reviews affiliated clinics based on international health standards. Our physicians and mental health practitioners volunteer to be part of IAMAT; they do not pay a membership fee to join, allowing ...

IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

Mind Your Food and Water Abroad

The recent illnesses and deaths caused by the E.coli outbreak in Europe, remind us of the complexities of food systems and that you don’t have to travel to get sick: Food- and water-borne illnesses happen in our own backyard. Gastro-intestinal infections can happen in any country. Getting food to your plate involves a variety of players including growers, transportation companies, processors, retailers, food handlers, consumers, and government regulations. While food coming from a local source may get to your table faster than food grown far away, both conventionally and organically grown products are susceptible to carrying pathogens like E. coli and salmonella. Unsanitary farming conditions, poor food processing and handling practices, lack of food and import surveillance inspectors, and ...

IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

Energizing Our Future with a Solar Park

On May 24, we had the pleasure of announcing the creation of a solar park to help IAMAT advance its mission. The Foundation for the Support of International Medical Training (FSIMT), the entity governing IAMAT, owns a 105-acre property in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The Foundation recently entered into a Lease arrangement with Hall’s Pond Solar Co-operative for the purpose of developing a solar photovoltaic park. IAMAT’s President, Assunta Uffer-Marcolongo announcing the largest community financed urban solar park in Ontario. Example of solar panel modules. The Foundation’s Board of Directors believes that the solar park Lease is an excellent opportunity for IAMAT to advance its mission and grow its endowment fund for doctors and nurses from low resource countries to ...

IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

Cruise Travel Health Basics

As a record number of travellers are booking cruise holidays – the latest numbers show that there were approximately 15 million cruise passengers worldwide in 2010 – the risk of getting ill on a cruise ship increases. Illnesses on large ships have a ripple effect; living in close quarters with hundreds or thousands of other travellers for an extended period of time not only exposes you to infectious diseases, but can also have a negative health impact on host port communities where passengers disembark for sightseeing tours and on-land activities. What are common illnesses found on cruise ships? Gastro-intestinal illnesses (gastroenteritis) caused by norovirus, e. coli, and salmonella can be present on cruise ships. These highly contagious viral and ...

IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

More Medical Coverage for IAMAT Members

We’ve just updated our 2011 Medical Directory and are very pleased to welcome our new affiliated doctors and clinics to our network. They have excellent qualifications, speak English fluently, and are committed to treating sick travellers. IAMAT Members now have access to medical care in Damascus, Syria. We’ve also added new medical contacts in the following countries: Santiago, Chile Mohali, India Cusco and Arequipa, Peru Cape Town, South Africa Dar es Salaam, Tanzania New York City, USA (two clinics) Istanbul, Turkey (dentist) The IAMAT consultation fees remain the same for 2011. Regular office / Clinic calls = US$100 House / Hotel calls = US$150 Night calls (from 9:00pm to 9:00am) = US$170 Sundays and local holidays = US$170 * ...

IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

News Release: Fit For Travel But What About Mental Health?

Niagara Falls, NY, January 25, 2011 – Travel is enjoyable, but there is no doubt that it can be stressful. Now travelers can find peace of mind with IAMAT’s new series on travel and mental health. IAMAT (International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers) just released its ‘Travel and Mental Health’ guides to promote better mental health during travel. The easy-to-use checklists offer tips for coping with travel stress, advice for travelers with pre-existing mental illness and traveling with medications. Also included are health tips for travelers without a prior history of mental illness. The guides are the first of their kind specifically aimed at travelers. International travel can put a strain on persons with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety ...

IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

My Peace of Mind… Travel and Mental Health

We are very pleased to announce the release of our series on travel and mental health, available in our eLibrary. What’s Inside? My Travel Mental Health Checklists are the the first comprehensive guides of their kind specifically intended for travellers. You’ll find: Tips for coping with travel stress Tips for travellers with no prior history of mental illness Tips for travelling with medications Tips for travellers with: – Depression and Bipolar Disorder – Substance Dependence – Anxiety Disorders – Psychotic Disorders Mental health is an under-recognized public health challenge and travellers often have difficulty accessing mental healthcare services abroad. Even if you don’t have a history of mental illness, travel stress, mood changes, anxiety and other mental health concerns ...

IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

Bed Bugs and Travel: Don’t Let Them Get To You

UPDATE: In May 2011, Canadian researchers found bed bugs with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), bacteria that is highly resistant to antibiotics and can cause infection in people with compromised or weak immune systems. See their findings at Bed Bugs as Vectors for Drug-Resistant Bacteria. Many of us consider “Night, night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” a quaint nursery rhyme no longer applicable in the 21st century. Not so. Bed bugs are making a major comeback in part due to increasing international travel and resistance to pesticides. So far, there is no evidence that bed bugs transmit infectious diseases. However, coming into contact with these pesky insects during your trip will cause physical discomfort and psychological stress. ...

IAMAT Scholarships Benefit Scholars and Travellers

We recently caught up with our 2010 IAMAT Scholars, Li YunFeng (Aaron) and Dou YongYing (Colin), who just finished an intensive six-week training course at the Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Clinic. The two students were each awarded a scholarship last September through IAMAT’s International Travel Medicine Education Program. The initiative, which is solely funded through the generosity of IAMAT members, has supported 15 medical practitioners to train in travel medicine since 2002. This unique program provides an opportunity for doctors and nurses from developing countries to study in North America and return home to teach their colleagues. In turn, they help IAMAT expand its international Medical Directory. Both Aaron and Colin live in northern China. Colin is a doctor at ...

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Travel and Rabies: An Ongoing Concern

When rabies comes up in conversations, it’s often in veterinary clinics where our pets are vaccinated against infection. Rabies however, is also a major concern for travellers. More than 150 countries report rabies in their animal population putting humans at risk. The majority of human rabies cases are reported from Asia and Africa and 99% of cases are from dog bites. The World Health Organization estimates that 55,000 people die annually, although the illness is often misdiagnosed or under-reported. On a positive note though, the WHO states that 15 million people worldwide receive the post-exposure vaccinations, preventing an estimated 327 000 deaths annually. It’s not only travellers going on eco-tourism or adventure expeditions that are at risk. In many ...