Health

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

Check the latest country-specific information and advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website or from NHS (Scotland) on the fitfortravel website. Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website.

Outbreaks of plague tend to be seasonal and occur mainly during the rainy season, with around 500 cases reported annually. Whilst outbreaks are not uncommon in rural areas, the latest outbreak in 2017, has seen an increase in reported cases in urban areas, including Antananarivo. The Ministry of Health of Madagascar officially announced the containment of this outbreak on 27 November 2017.

209 deaths were recorded, with none related to international travel. The current plague season is predicted to continue until April 2018 and further outbreaks cannot be ruled out. You can find further information and advice in the ‘Outbreaks’ section of the TravelHealthPro page for Madagascar.

Although there are public and private hospitals in Antananarivo, they can only handle routine operations. Complex surgery requires evacuation either to Mauritius, South Africa or La Reunion. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

You should drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks.

Over 6% of the population is estimated to have syphilis.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 17 (117 from mobile phone) or +261 20 22 357 53 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Health facilities

Antananarivo

  • Espace Médical (emergency service) +261 20 22 625 66, +261 34 02 088 16, +261 34 02 009 11

  • Hôpital Militaire de Soavinandriana HJRA +261 20 23 397 51, +261 32 07 230 30

  • Clinique et Maternité St.François +261 20 22 223 84, +261 20 22 672 21, +261 20 22 235 54

  • Polyclinique d’Ilafy +261 20 22 425 66, +261 20 22 425 69

Tamatave

  • Tamatave Hospital: +261 20 533 20 21

Diego-Suarez

  • Diego-Suarez Military Hospital: +261 34 14 586 41, +261 34 14 586 45, +261 34 15 586 51