Mauritania

Information for Patients
Public health sector in Mauritania is currently of suboptimal quality due to lack of proper infrastructure and key services. Rural areas of the country tend to be more dismal. Private health offers better quality for a nominal fee but is overall average. Universal healthcare is not yet available, but the government is working to implement this by the end of 2020. Nonetheless, the number of private health practitioners is quite small, delegating many who can afford it to seek healthcare elsewhere. As such, maternal mortality, child mortality and death from treatable cases such as dysentery is very high and common.


Information for Health Care Professionals
Practicing in Mauritania requires translation and notarization of key medical documents prior to undertaking the key medical exams required by relevant medical boards in the county. Please consult both the local Mauritania embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Mauritania medical societies in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Mauritania. 

French is the language of instruction for medical education in Mauritania.


Information for Travelers 
Medical tourism is non-existent in Mauritania due to the dismal infrastructure in both public and private healthcare systems. Travel insurance which covers health is recommended to all travelers to the country. Arabic and French are the official languages, but French is spoken by all medical professionals with ease. Very few speak English within the health sector. 

Hepatitis A and B, tetanus, typhoid as well as rubella vaccinations are recommended prior to arrival in Tunisia. Yellow Fever vaccinations is required. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.sante.gov.mr/?lang=fr 


 

References:
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/mauritania/health
https://www.itg.be/E/Article/improving-the-access-to-quality-and-equitable-healthcare-in-mauritania
https://www.uhcpartnership.net/country-profile/mauritania/
https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/mauritania
https://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/Mauritania-HEALTH.html