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Malaria prevention for seafarers

Under its “Seafarers’ Health Information Programme”, International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network issued a report on malaria prevention, as the disease causes at least 1 million deaths every year, the majority of which occur in resource-poor countries, such as Africa, south and central America, Asia and the middle east.

New maritime healthcare survey launched

Nautilus International announced that it has teamed up with Martek Marine to launch a survey calling on all seafarers to give their views on the accessibility and quality of medical assistance on board their vessels.

How to be protected against HIV when onboard

For seafarers, the likelihood of contracting an Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is increased, due to their unsettled lifestyles and a lack of access to necessary precautions. The Shipowners P&I Club in partnership with ISWAN has isued guidance which dispels some of the common misconceptions about sexually transmitted infections and provides seafarers’ with advice for safe sex.

UK P&I issues advisory on seafarers’ dental hygiene

Dental problems are often a major cause for concern amongst seafarers. Therefore, the UK P&I Club has issued report on the issue as these claims frequently occur and can lead to repatriation of crew, which has a further impact on the safe manning of the ship and other delays to ship operations.

How to maintain a mental wellbeing onboard

The Shipowners P&I Club notes that seafarers are more likely to suffer from mental health problems than the general population, especially depression and anxiety. Mental health continues to be a cause of Club claims. The causes of mental health problems among seafarers often relate to their social isolation.

Maintaining dental hygiene onboard

The Shipowners’ P&I Club provides advice to seafarers on how to maintain their dental hygiene on board as they can spend weeks at sea on a voyage with limited access to regular and advanced dental care whilst at sea.

Staying hydrated onboard

The UK P&I Club has announced that over the last 12 months, several cases of illness on ships indicate possible dehydration in the underlying health of the crew. The majority of these cases concern crew who have suffered from kidney stones.

Maintaining a healthy weight onboard

The sedentary lifestyle reflected onboard ships can lead to overweight crew members. The Shipowners P&I Club has issued two publications concerning maintaining a healthy weight which give guidelines and share advice on the topic.

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