New International Medical Guide for Ships (Third Edition) launched jointly by IMO, ILO and WHO
from ILO, IMO and WHO
A new edition of
the International Medical Guide for Ships has been published by the World Health
Organization (WHO), on behalf of the International Maritime Organization (IMO),
the International Labour Organization (ILO) and WHO itself. Copies of this book
are now available from WHO and IMO.
has always been a dangerous occupation. Long voyages, extreme weather conditions,
illnesses and accidents can take a heavy toll on the health of crew members.
Seafarers are exposed to greater risks to their health and are isolated from
the usual sources of medical care and assistance available to people on shore.
The third edition of the International Medical Guide for Ships provides the
most up-to-date practical guidance for those who must render assistance when
seafarers fall ill or are injured on board ship.
was first published in 1967, the International Medical Guide for Ships has been
a standard reference for medical care on board ships. The recently adopted ILO
Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, stipulates that all ships should carry a medicine
chest, medical equipment and a medical guide, such as this one. The importance
of a thorough knowledge of the Guide is highlighted in the International Convention
on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW),
1978, as amended; the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification
and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995; the revised Code
of Safety for Fishermen and Fishing Vessels, 2005; and the FAO/ILO/IMO Document
for Guidance on Training and Certification of Fishing Vessel Personnel, 2000.
In addition, the International Medical Guide for Ships is cross-referenced in
the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods,
published by IMO, on behalf of ILO, IMO and WHO.
edition, written in 1988, was translated into more than 30 languages, and has
been used in tens of thousands of ships. This, the third edition, contains fully
updated recommendations aimed at promoting and protecting the health of seafarers,
and is consistent with the latest revisions of both the WHO Model List of Essential
Medicines and the International Health Regulations.
Medical Guide for Ships upholds a key principle of the Maritime Labour Convention,
2006: to ensure that seafarers are given health protection and medical care
no less favourable than that which is generally available to workers ashore,
including prompt access to the necessary medicines, medical equipment and facilities
for diagnosis and treatment and to medical information and expertise. By ensuring
that this guide is carried on board ships entitled to fly their flags, and following
its instructions, countries can fulfil their obligations under the terms of
the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, and ensure the best possible health outcomes
for their seafaring population.
Medical Guide for Ships is available from authorized distributors of IMO publications
) and via the IMO's Online Bookshop. For further information, please consult
the IMO website at www.imo.org.
Technical details: 488 pp, hardback, product code: I115E, price £50, ISBN:
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