MedAire, an International SOS company, has formed a strategic partnership with São Paulo-based AeroSafety, which is looking to “solidify [our] position as the premier aviation supplier of medical kits, emergency equipment and travel risk management services for commercial airlines and private aviation in Brazil.” Together the companies (Stand 3013) offer a “comprehensive medical and travel risk management solution.”
The companies plan to announce new products and services over the next few months, they said in a statement a few days before LABACE. These will enhance what they can offer in Brazil and Latin America in general.
Lilian Favareto Cretelia, AeroSafety partner, said, “We chose to partner with MedAire because of its customer-first philosophy and its commitment to aviation safety,” adding that it would help operators to fulfill the “crucial medical and security component” of their safety management systems.
MedAire is now recognized under IBAC’s IS-BAO program as a support services affiliate (SSA). Grant Jeffery, MedAire CEO, said, “We look forward to partnering with the Aerosafety team to meet the needs of business and commercial aviation clients in Brazil and beyond…AeroSafety has been a trusted, respected provider in Latin America for more than 15 years. It is a natural fit with MedAire and our ongoing commitment to deliver global reach with a local touch to the aviation community.”
At the EBACE event in Geneva this past May, MedAire was busy launching its 2013 HealthMap, a tool to help companies understand medical risks in countries to which their employees are traveling. Risk evaluation followed by proper preparation is critical, says MedAire, and includes gaining an understanding of the quality of local medical services, disease risks, vaccination requirements, food and water requirements and so on. Brazil, along with Russia, India and China, falls into the medium- to high-risk category “because there is a disparity between the medical risks and the health care available between major cities and rural areas.”
MedAire points to a recent study that identifies expatriates living and working in such countries as being six times more likely to be hospitalized and 23 times more likely to be medically evacuated than those in a low medical risk country. Around half of those hospitalized in medium-risk countries require medical evacuation, adds MedAire.