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January 2016

13 January 2016

International SOS: Medical and Travel Security Risks Outlook 2016 Survey

What do you think 2016 is going to look like in terms of medical and travel security risks for business travellers and expatriates at international organisations?

International SOS have created a  five minute questionnaire on this subject.

Please complete at the following link.

Please be assured that all answers provided will be kept in the strictest confidentiality. The survey will close on Friday 19th January 2016.


January 2016

06 January 2016

Africa's Next Move: New article by BCA CEO Karen Taylor in Global Opportunity 2015

Please see find the link to the article at the following link  (article is on pages 48-49).



November 2015

18 November 2015

Manage chronic conditions before and during travel- Says International SOS

On World Diabetes Day, International SOS is encouraging people to get tested for the disease.


One in two people with diabetes do not know they have it.


• WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030.


• Chronic diseases such as diabetes can pose greater risk to some business travellers than infectious diseases.


• If you know you have the disease, you can prevent its complications.


Failing to manage chronic conditions like diabetes effectively can pose greater risk to some travelling business executives than infectious diseases, International SOS said on World Diabetes Day.


The World Health Organisation estimates that diabetes affects 9% of people over the age of 18 worldwide.


In 2014, approximately 387 million adults had diabetes, and by 2035 this number is expected to reach 592 million, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

Some 1.5 million deaths were caused directly by diabetes in 2012, the last year for which figures are available, according to the World Health Organisation. Diabetes is also a significant risk factor in heart disease, stroke and kidney failure.


Without preparation, the ongoing medical management of chronic conditions like diabetes can be disrupted during business travel. Travelling across time zones can complicate schedules for taking medications.Travellers also need to be careful not to lose or run out of needed medications. Finding replacements can be inconvenient or even hazardous. In some countries in the developing world between 10-30% of medications are counterfeit, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr Fanie Jute, a Medical Director with International SOS says: “Often when considering medical risk abroad, travellers focus on infectious diseases they may contract in exotic locations. Whilst these are serious risks that need to be mitigated, for many people a more significant concern is managing the chronic diseases that they take with them, such as diabetes.”


International SOS is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company, operating in more than 850 locations in 92 countries. It is focused on enabling organisations to meet their duty of care to travelling and expatriated workforce. So far this year, International SOS’s global assistance centres have helped with medical advice and referrals by managing 4.7 million calls from members about various medical conditions including diabetes.


“Thankfully we help many times more people with diabetes and other chronic conditions every year to plan ahead carefully how they are going to manage their condition whilst they are travelling,” said Dr Jute.

International SOS offers the following advice to individuals travelling with diabetes:


• Visit your healthcare professional well in advance of travel to ensure your diabetes is stable and optimally controlled before your trip. You might also require potential dosage adjustments, vaccination and other health education.


• Request an official letter from your healthcare professional describing your condition to carry along with your medication in its original containers, equipment required (e.g. syringes, glucometer) and a copy of your prescriptions.


• Take a good supply of your regular medication in your hand luggage. Your medication may not be available in all countries and counterfeit medication may be common.


• Members are advised to contact International SOS for assistance in sourcing appropriate healthcare providers when they are abroad if required.


• Maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle even when away from home.




1. International Diabetes Federation. http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas


About International SOS


International SOS (internationalsos.com) is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. We care for clients across the globe, from more than 850 locations in 92 countries.


Our expertise is unique: More than 11,000 employees are led by 1,400 doctors and 200 security specialists.


Teams work night and day to protect our members.


We pioneer a range of preventive programmes strengthened by our in-country expertise. We deliver unrivalled emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest.


We are passionate about helping clients put ‘Duty of Care’ into practice. With us, multinational corporate clients, governments and NGOs can mitigate risks for their people working remotely or overseas.


October 2015

14 October 2015

View from IMF - This is Africa's coverage

The annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group each year bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss progress on the work of the IMF and the World Bank Group.

Adrienne Klasa, editor of This is Africa, Silvia Pavoni and James King, editors of The Banker, cover the key themes and discussions from the event recently held in Lima.

Watch the interviews 


February 2015

13 February 2015

Nigeria: Chevron commits over $10M to community development projects

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) has provided over $10 million to fund various infrastructural and non infrastructural community development projects in its operational areas in Nigeria in the last one year under its Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU).

The Manager, Communications Policy, Government & Public Affairs of Chevron, Mr. A. O. Adebawo, said in Lagos that under the GMoU, host communities were greater role in managing their development through Regional Development Councils (RDCs).

He noted on the strength of the GMoU, which has brought peace and stability to areas where Chevron operates, several communities have benefited from projects, including water supplies, rural electrification projects, school building, cottage hospital, road and drainage networks, town halls, housing for displaced people, scholarship, and micro-credit scheme among others.

According to Adebawo, the new and innovative approach to engagement with host oil communities, has 3 significantly improved relationship with host communities. He explained that the GMoU, a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/Chevron Joint Venture, is a deal between Chevron and RDCs – a governance structure in each cluster made up of community representatives, NGO representatives, and government and company representatives. The model engages host communities through the RDCs to manage participatory development initiatives funded by Chevron. This new approach, according to Adebawo, is a paradigm shift from the old method where host oil communities were given handouts. (APA 11-01-2016)

Hear from the experts about Nigeria's 2016 development plan at the Business Council for Africa Nigeria's Vision event on the 27th January. Click HERE for more details.