Marshall Islands

Information for Patients
Marshall Islands has a healthcare system that is consists of hospitals and medical centres. There are two public hospitals, one located Majuro and another located in Ebeye, and over 50 health centres on the outer atolls and islands. Both hospitals provide primary, secondary, and limited tertiary care. Patients who are in need of full tertiary care have to be referred overseas. Healthcare centres are staffed by full-time assistants and are responsible in the provision of health promotion, prevention, and essential clinical care services.

Due to a shortage of fund, health service delivery in the Marshall Islands is highly fragmented. Almost 97% of the health funding is provided to the urban centres, which means citizens living in the remote areas have little to no access to care. In 2017, the Ministry of Health introduced a 3-year rolling plan to secure higher quality healthcare in the outer islands. 

Information for Health Care Professionals
The distribution of healthcare professionals in Marshall Islands is very uneven. The 2 public hospitals employ over 90% of the healthcare professionals in the country, which leaves the remaining population on the outer islands only have access to a little less than 10% of the health workforce. Many of the healthcare professionals working across the country are foreigners, mainly from the Philippines and Fiji. 

Anyone who wishes to practice a health profession in the Marshall Islands must hold a valid license issued by the Marshall Islands Board of Health Professions. 

Information for Travellers
Dengue is widespread in the Marshall Islands. Travellers going to the Marshall Islands should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

All arriving travellers born in or after 1957 are required to show proof of measles vaccinations (people born before 1957 are assumed to be immune to the disease). Vaccines against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B Typhoid and Rabies are also recommended. 

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