In 2015 alone, there were an estimated 214 million new cases of malaria and 438,000 deaths.
Almost 80% of malaria cases are concentrated in 15 countries; these are mainly in Africa. However, in June 2015, Public Health England (PHE) reported an overall increase of 5.7% in imported malaria infections. This highlights the heightened risk that travellers and international assignees face of contracting this serious and sometimes fatal disease.
It is a company’s responsibility to ensure that appropriate measures are implemented to protect its employees against malaria.
To help raise awareness, International SOS supports World Malaria Day on 25 April 2016.
We provide education and malaria prevention services to reduce risks to organisations and their travelling employees. The value of such programmes was highlighted in the Return on Prevention study, published by research and consultancy firm Prevent. The analysis of one company’s malaria prevention programme demonstrated a decrease in the occurrence of fatal cases by 70%.
- Assess and understand the risks of exposure at your destination: We analyse and evaluate any location you are sending your employees to and recommend measures that help mitigate risks.
- Educate your travellers before they depart: Through our specialist medical information and education programmes, we help you to prepare your travellers for the local situation as well as advise on measures to take should the situation deteriorate. Our training solutions include malaria eLearning, virtual and classroom courses. Learn more here.
- Around the clock access for your travellers to specific local advice: Our qualified doctors and security specialists are there for your employees, no matter what, where or when.
- Stay connected with your travellers and keep track of them in a high risk location: We make sure your employees receive the latest information and are prepared at all times.
For more information on malaria, members can log into the country guide and see the article on malaria, and the individual country information and maps.