Travel Risk Map 2017 – Global health and travel security risks review

 
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Description:

International SOS and Control Risks publish Travel Risk Map 2017 to help organisations better understand the risks in the markets where they operate and travel.

The Travel Risk Map displays each country’s medical risk rating and travel security risk rating. The result is a comprehensive overview of risks by destination. Highlighting to organisations the need for travel risk mitigation efforts.

The Travel Risk Map provides decision-makers with a reliable source of objective information to help them implement travel risk policies and individual travel plans. Keeping organisations informed and taking into account all risk factors will enable business travel to proceed successfully, resulting in a protected workforce and business continuity.

Target group:

Organisations, e.g. Multinational corporations, governments and NGOs, with a mobile workforce working remotely or overseas.

Subject matter:

It is essential for decision-makers to have a reliable source of objective information to help them implement travel risk policies and individual travel plans. The Travel Risk Map 2017 to help organisations better understand the risks in the markets where they operate and travel. The extent of the preparation and support employee need could be determined by either medical or security risks, or by a combination of both. Companies need to take a comprehensive view when preparing their employees for travel and assignments abroad.

Events of 2016 have resulted in a sense of increasing challenges in travel to places once thought secure. While risks are changing, organisations must ensure their actions to mitigate those changes are proportionate, and based on reality and not perception. Issues like healthcare provision and road safety, which account for over 70% of the assistance services we have provided in the past year, can often be obscured by more prominent, but less likely issues. With many organisations increasing their business travel activity, it is essential for decision-makers to be able to communicate that objective advice to their people, including in an actual crisis.

Keeping informed and taking into account all risk factors will enable business travel to proceed successfully, resulting in a protected workforce and business continuity.

Travellers are much less likely to encounter unexpected or avoidable problems if they plan ahead. Using objective advice to prepare travellers, and by staying up to date on any changes and how they might affect plans, will further reduce, both the likelihood of people experiencing problems, and the extent of the impact.

Background:

International SOS and Control Risks publish Travel Risk Map 2017 to help organisations better understand the risks in the markets where they operate and travel.

The Travel Risk Map displays each country’s medical risk rating and travel security risk rating. The result is a comprehensive overview of risks by destination. Highlighting to organisations the need for travel risk mitigation efforts.

Launched in 2016, Travel Risk Map marks the world’s first map showing both medical and travel security risk ratings in a single view.

Countries and regional travel security risks are rated ‘Extreme’, ‘High’, ‘Medium’, ‘Low’, or ‘Insignificant’.
There are variable levels of travel security risks within countries. Mexico, Egypt, India, and Ukraine are examples of generally ‘Medium’ travel risk ratings, which have higher risk ratings in specific regions with that country.

Countries are assigned a medical risk rating of ‘Low’, ‘Medium’, ‘High’, ’Very High’, or ‘Rapidly Developing Variable Risk’.

The interactive map features include drill-down capabilities to see specific zones within countries that have a higher travel security risk rating, and city/country search functionality. The interactive map is freely available to clients and media to embed in their websites and to share the information and educate travellers.

Travel security risk ratings are developed by International SOS and Control Risks and are based on the current threat posed to travellers and international assignees by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime. Other factors, such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters are also considered where they are of sufficient magnitude to impact the overall risk environment for travellers.

Definitions of travel security risk ratings are available at www.internationalsos.com/travelriskmap
Medical Risk Ratings are determined by the International SOS Medical Information and Analysis team by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors including: infectious diseases, environmental factors, medical evacuation data, the standard of available local emergency medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, and cultural, language or administrative barriers. Individual country medical risk ratings are determined via a proprietary algorithm based on 24 indicators with content coming from public data sources and the first-hand knowledge of International SOS Regional Medical Directors.

Definitions or medical risk ratings are available at www.internationalsos.com/travelriskmap.
The Travel Risk Map is not only informative in a general sense. Employers use these risk ratings as a tool to trigger specific travel policies and procedures. For example, before travel occurs, places with low medical and security risks may only require employees have their journey tracked centrally. However, for medium risk countries, employers may oblige employees to have additional preparation: Vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis or road safety training, for example.

About International SOS:
International SOS (internationalsos.com) is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. We care for clients across the globe, from more than 1,000 locations in 90 countries.

Our expertise is unique: more than 11,000 employees are led by 1,400 doctors and 200 security specialists. Teams work night and day to protect our members.

We pioneer a range of preventive programmes strengthened by our in-country expertise. We deliver unrivalled emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest.

We are passionate about helping clients put Duty of Care into practice. With us, multinational corporate clients, governments and NGOs can mitigate risks for their people working remotely or overseas.

About International SOS and Control Risks:
Our alliance brings together two of the world’s leading medical and security specialists, International SOS and Control Risks. Our combined resources and expertise are well placed to meet the customers’ growing need for integrated travel security risk services. Our solutions ensure that mobile employees are safe and productive and help employers with their duty of care obligations. 50 dedicated experts, located across the globe with access to over 200 dedicated travel security experts through 27 regional assistance centres and a partner network of over 700 accredited providers, produce global travel security information and analysis 24/7. We also provide travel security training, preventative travel assessment, support with the development of travel security risk policies, evacuation plans and the latest technology to enable clients to track and communicate with their mobile employees.

Prizes won:

Travel Risk Map received the 2016 EMMA Award for ‘Best use of Data Analytics within Global Mobility’, acknowledging the rigorous methodology behind the risk ratings process.

Publisher:

International SOS

Address:

Building 4, Chiswick Park
Building 4 Chiswick Park Building 4
W4 5YA London
United Kingdom

Telephone:

+442087628087

E-mail:

nick.jones@internationalsos.com

URL:

www.internationalsos.com

Production:

Lucid Productions, Ltd

Address:

2nd floor Innovation House
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Telephone:

+4402088962442

E-mail:

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