Guinea-Bissau

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Guinea-Bissau is suboptimal and overwhelmed due to lack of adequate health professionals to tackle critical needs within the country. The public health service is severally limited whereas the private health service is hit or miss with no more than five doctors per 100,000 patients. Whether public or private, the health system is overwhelmed and is difficult for many expats to access.


Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Guinea-Bissau Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Guinea-Bissau embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key  Guinea-Bissau medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Guinea-Bissau.

Portuguese is the language of instruction for medical education in the Guinea-Bissau.


Information for Travelers 
Portuguese is the main language of Guinea-Bissau and rudimentary Portuguese will help you navigate the public health system. Very few doctors are fluent in English, but many can speak either French or Spanish. Medical tourism does not occur in Guinea-Bissau.

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.

Expats are required to have a robust travel health insurance plan prior to arrival in the country.

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.saude.gov.br/assessoria-internacional/relacoes-bilaterais/guine-bissau 

 

 

References:
https://www.who.int/countries/gnb/en/
https://reliefweb.int/report/guinea-bissau/report-right-health-guinea-bissau-april-2017
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/guinea-bissau
https://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/Guinea-Bissau-HEALTH.html