Information for Patients
Healthcare in Djibouti is hit or miss with some hospitals and clinics offering service on par with Europe, and others offering dismal quality. The public sector tends to be the most overwhelmed where the private sector offers better services and provide specialties not found in the public system of this overall developing country. The best services are concentrated in the capital in both the public and private sector. Patients will need to buy their own medical supplies (hospital gown, stitches, tubes, etc.) for their services due to the ill-equipped medical centers in public sector hospitals. Private sector clinics and hospitals have better equipment and medical staff.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Djibouti Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Djibouti embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Djibouti medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Djibouti.
French is the language of instruction for medical education in Djibouti.
Information for Travelers
Healthcare in Dijibouti is patchy with higher concentration of better services in the capital, where expats tend to reside. Healthcare is not universal and expats/travelers are required to take out health insurance to access private care. Medical tourism does occur, particularly from rich Somali and Somalilanders to receive better healthcare in Djibouti which is otherwise absent in their countries.
Somali and French are the main languages in Djibouti however some doctors can speak English.
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.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.sante.gouv.dj