New Multilingual Medical Assessment Booklet
Friday, April 26, 2013
Photo: ISWAN

The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) published multilingual questions for the medical assessment and treatment of seafarers. This updated publication assists medical professionals, first officers, port health authorities and welfare workers, among others, with assessing and treating seafarers in emergency and non-emergency situations.

The booklet covers a range of medical areas including cardiac events, injuries to different parts of the body and pain relating to specific conditions. Medical questions can be quickly and easily translated from English into Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN said, "Seafarers having access to medical help is a vital part of ensuring their welfare. Multilingual questions for the medical assessment and treatment of seafarers will improve communication and help seafarers receive the treatment they may need. We were pleased to have been able to collaborate with the International Maritime Health Association and the U.K. Merchant Navy Welfare Board in the production of ISWAN's first publication."

This booklet is free for welfare organizations and is part of a range of materials promoting seafarers' health, including HIV and AIDS prevention, fit on board, safe travel and mental care. Copies are being printed in the U.K. and India for global distribution. The publication has the full support of InterManager, and is funded by the ITF Seafarers' Trust. To order copies of Multilingual questions for the medical assessment and treatment of seafarers, and other health materials, visit the Seafarers' Health Information Program (SHIP) shop at


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