MedAire has launched its Travel Risk Map 2016, an interactive map that highlights and locates medical and security risks across the globe. The online map is available to anyone and can be viewed here, and rates regional security as ‘extreme’, ‘high’, ‘medium’, ‘low’ or ‘insignificant’, and medical risks as ‘low’, ‘medium’, ‘high’, ‘very high’ or ‘rapidly developing variable risk’.
A development of its 2010 Health Risk Map, which the medical support company produced with International SOS, the new Travel Risk Map has been developed in the context of a recent Ipsos Global Advisor study, which found that while 80 per cent of travelers felt their personal safety could have been threatened abroad, less than 40 per cent researched risks at their destination. Moreover, only 15 per cent of “senior executive travelers” asses the adequacy of local healthcare before travelling. In fact, the map confirms that in more than 75 per cent of countries, the medical and travel security risks are at varying levels.
In more than 75 per cent of countries, the medical and travel security risks are at varying levels.
“Education and information, as well as training, are vital to helping passengers and crewmembers assess and mitigate travel and safety risks,” Andrew Nicholson, global security director at MedAire, explains. “The reality is there are risks everywhere in the world. Understanding what those risks are, and then taking appropriate precautions, is the best way for travelers to make informed decisions about overseas travel and prepare for possible risks at destination.”
This comes not long after medical safety has found its way into the maritime regulatory sphere. The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) requires that vessels carrying 15 or more crew for a voyage of more than three days must provide a dedicated medical space on board (read more here). Most notably in the 70m superyacht market, notes Tony Nicholson, director of luxury yachts and new builds at MedAire, some of these spaces are going as far as to include digital capture x-ray machines, blood analysis facilities to the ability to manage someone’s airway.