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Mali Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Yellow FeverYes
TyphoidYes
TetanusYes
RabiesSometimes
MalariaYes
Hepatitis AYes
DiphtheriaYes

Medical facilities are very limited, although Bamako’s hospitals are recognised as being of good standard and emergency services in the city are available 24 hours. Health insurance (including adequate medical evacuation) is therefore essential. Doctors and hospitals may expect immediate cash payment for health care services.

Food and drink

Water is sometimes unsafe – it is advised to drink bottled water and to avoid ice cubes. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water; swimming pools which are well chlorinated and maintained are safe.