Comoros

Information for Patients
As with many developing countries that are generally isolated, healthcare in Comoros is under serviced and lacks proper infrastructure and standardization in procedure. The public sector is grossly overwhelmed and the number of medical experts in pertinent specialties are not readily available for the general population. Many citizens, particularly wealthier ones, tend to frequent private service clinics in neighboring Mauritius or Kenya.  Due to the lack of quality services, many preventable deaths occur in the country, especially in child health and maternal mortality, 


Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized by the local Comoros Embassy or Consulate and submit to relevant medical associations. Upon submission to the local embassy, exams for specific specialty must be submitted. Please check with relevant Comoros medical societies per specialty prior to submission to clarify key requirements. 

The language of medical instruction in Comoros is both Arabic and French. 


Information for Travelers 
Comoros has a poor health system that is difficult for both patients to benefit from and doctors to work in. Expats relocating to Comoros are asked to take on their own private insurance but may find better service in the neighboring islands of Reunion and Mauritius. Certain medical organizations operate in the country to fill in the medical gaps where needed but these cater to the local population.

Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended as malaria is a key issue in the country. 

The common language of hospitals in Comoros both Arabic and French. It is worth notating that many locals prefer speaking in Arabic and may have rudimentary knowledge of French whereas the medical staff will speak French fluently. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://web.facebook.com/pg/Ministère-de-la-Santé-Union-des-Comores-320950001695355/about/?ref=page_internal 


 

 

References:
https://www.who.int/countries/com/en/
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/comoros/health
https://www.who.int/medical_devices/countries/com.pdf?ua=1
https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2019/07/02/world-bank-supports-comoros-to-improve-primary-health-care