Djibouti - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

Mosquito-borne diseases are the biggest risk. There are very limited medical facilities. The embassy has a NP, who can do vaccinations and preventative care. For US Embassy personnel, the military base will provide emergency services, but everything else requires a medevac. - May 2022

Malaria, dengue, and other mosquito borne illnesses. Anything other than the most basic would likely require a medical evacuation. - Sep 2020

There is a lot of talk about malaria but the biggest concern is Dengue which is normally contracted in the early morning hours. Most of the French and other locals stay in doors during the mosquito season. The season usually starts in April to June. In June, the heat kills all the mosquitos. - Apr 2018

Stomach bugs and respiratory ailments go around regularly. I developed allergies to the dust and dryness. Local medical care is mediocre, at best. We use the Embassy Health Unit and, if needed, Camp can assist with limited services. There is a new clinic that opened and seems promising, but otherwise, preventive care is king. Get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids, stay active, and keep your Imodium handy. - Jun 2016

There is a French hospital. The US Embassy also has a good team in its health unit for embassy families. - Feb 2013

Malaria is present in Djibouti, so MED recommends that you take the medicine. Medical care is limited. The embassy does have an RN who can distribute meds, but for anything more serious you have to go to either the French hospital or Camp Lemonnier. - Apr 2010

Very limited medical care. There is a French hospital which I fortunately never needed to use. Their Emergency room had limited hours and we had to get - Aug 2008

Very HOT! Health care is very bad. - Apr 2008

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