Travel, Medical and Security Risks for Expatriates: A Gaze Into the Crystal Ball


The past year has been busy when it comes to global events and potential travel threats. Whether it was the shootings in Paris, the continued actions by the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East, or the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there were many events that kept HR professionals up at night. The pace is not expected to slow. Register here Read full blog post »


On the Ground in Vanuatu, Responding to Natural Disasters

This week, International SOS, deployed an Incident Response Team to Vanuatu to assist clients on the ground in the wake of Cyclone Pam. Comprised of medical, security and logistics specialists, they continue to assess the medical and security risks and evacuation options for expatriates and travelers there. Read full blog post »


Chikungunya in the Americas: Tips for Prevention

Asian Tiger Mosquito

We all know that Malaria is endemic in many parts of the world, but there’s another disease spread by mosquitoes that is being transmitted in the Americas – chikungunya. Currently, a number of Central American countries are experiencing local transmission, including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, as well as the Caribbean. Symptoms include fever, severe joint pains, headache and rash. Read full blog post »


Safe and Savvy Traveler: Security Awareness for Women

Rule 1

When traveling, there are some incidents that are more likely to occur with women than men: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and handbag theft. So what can women travelers do to stay safe when overseas? How can their companies support them to enable them to not only survive the trip or assignment, but thrive? Register here Read full blog post »


Ebola: Tackling the Challenges and Concerns


A new survey of Fortune 500 companies conducted earlier this week by International SOS found that, in spite of the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola, an overwhelming majority (83%) of organizations expect the flu to impact their business more than the virus in the coming months. Furthermore, less than a third of companies surveyed has had an employee request to change their travel plans or declined to travel due to the global outbreak. Read full blog post »


Ebola Awareness Commercial

Ebola is scary, deadly – and preventable. These are a few of the points made in a new video produced by International SOS and Multi Choice, a broadcast company is South Africa. The video, which can be seen here, is part of our larger effort to ensure communities understand what Ebola is and how to keep themselves safe from infection. Read full blog post »


Tips for Prevention: Respiratory Illness Affects Children in Several States

Washing hands

You may have seen news stories in the past few days about hundreds of children across several states in the Midwest who have been affected by “enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).” This mostly causes a mild respiratory illness similar to the common cold, but can become severe. It likely spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets. There is no vaccine for EV68 and there is no specific treatment. Read full blog post »


Air Pollution: Clear Skies Ahead?

The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million deaths are caused by air pollution each year. The associated health hazards of air pollution are issues that employers need to discuss with their employees, especially their international travelers, international assignees, and their dependents. Employees are not only asking how they can be protected when considering assignments in places like China and India and other air pollution hot spots, but demanding steps be taken by their employer to make sure their health is safeguarded. Read full blog post »