Health Risk Map 2015 : Signs of Improving Private Healthcare in Africa
News | Foreign investments and new private hospitals lead to improved facilities in some parts of Africa
KUALA LUMPUR | A tool has been released to help organisations understand the medical risks in the markets in which they operate. International SOS announced in January 2015, the release of their Health Risk Map 2015, a series which is now in its sixth year. It is aimed at helping organisations, such as multinationals, nonprofits, educational institutions and governments identify how to anticipate health threats to their employees.
Doug Quarry, Medical Director, Medical Information and Analysis at International SOS said:
“The analysis from our medical experts presents a very interesting story about private healthcare services in some African nations. We have seen continued investment in a number of countries, often from foreign investors, including those in the private medical insurance market. It means citizens, overseas workers and expatriates, have access to higher standard hospital facilities.
Without a proper assessment, business travellers and international assignees often have misconceptions about the risks they will be exposed to overseas.
We have to view these improvements in the context of the continent’s overall risks. Obviously, the ongoing Ebola outbreak highlights the challenges in existing healthcare systems. Nevertheless, these developments are a positive step for healthcare in Africa. And while we are still talking about relatively low numbers of new quality facilities, we may well see more improvements of this nature in the coming years.”
Without a proper assessment, business travellers and international assignees often have misconceptions about the risks they will be exposed to overseas. The International SOS Health Risk Map is designed to help close the gap between the perception and reality of health risks across the world.
The Health Risk Map 2015 indicates health risk by the following categories: ‘Low’, ‘Medium’, ‘High’, ’Extreme’ and ‘Large Rapidly Developing Countries’. Medical risk ratings provide an overview of the threats of infectious disease, hygiene and sanitation, accidents and the availability and quality of the local health infrastructure. The ratings are determined by a panel of International SOS Medical Directors.
The new ‘Large Rapidly Developing Countries’ category includes nations where there is a vast difference between the high quality medical care available in the major cities and the lower levels of care generally available throughout the rest of the country. Countries include Brazil, China and India.
International SOS is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. They care for clients across the globe, from more than 700 locations in 89 countries.