Before the departure:

Consult your doctor (possibly your dentist) and take out an insurance covering medical expenses and medical evacuation.


This parasitic disease transmitted by mosquito bites makes it necessary to have records to individual protection measures such as (electric sprays, creams, diffusers, mosquito nets…).

In addition to these measurements there is the need for medical treatment appropriate to each individual: It is advisable to consult your usual doctor or a travellers counselling centre. The treatment will have to be continued for a variable duration after your return in France depending on the product used. The country is classified under zone 3. No malaria in Addis Ababa, a highly strong endemic region below an altitude of 1500mm.

During your stay, and the two months following your return, in case you catch fever, a medical opinion must be sought quickly, to receive possible anti-malaia treatment as soon as possible.


Vaccination against yellow fever may be required for persons entering the country and especially travellers coming from a country where the disease is endemic.

The update of diphteria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP) vaccination is recommended.

Other prescribed include those for vaccinations: typhoid fever, viral hepatites has B.
It is preferable to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis A + C + W135 (which is able to infect people interaction with pilgrims on them with Mecca).

Vaccination of a child against tuberculoses is desirable, just like vaccination against Measles-Mump-Rubella (MMR).

Vaccination against rabies is also recommended in some cases. Consult your doctor or the international vaccinations centre.

Food hygiene: (prevention of diarrhoea and cholera for the traveller)
It is advisable not to drink tap water: prefer capsuled bottled water. Failing this, consume water filtered, pulp and decontaminated.

Avoid the intake of ice floes, fresh fruit juice, believed vegetables and not peeled fruits.

Avoid the consumption food (fish, meat, poultry, milk) not enough cooked.
Take care to wash regularly and carefully washing your hands before each meal.

Some basic rules:

Avoid the bathing in stagnant water to avoid the risk of (parasitic infection, such as bilharziose).

Avoid going bare feet on wet sand and grounds.
Not to touch the animals you meet.

Take care of your road safety (by wearing the safety belt in a car or helmet on the motor bike).

Never consume drugs or medication bought in the street.


High prevalence of HIV - AIDS. Any preventive measure is essential.
In case of injection, a sterile material be opened in front of you is required.
To have recourse to the blood transfusion only in the event of absolute necessity

Some note:

Pharmacies in Ethiopia have a random provisions: keep with you any drug you may need.

Useful numbers:

French-speaking doctor consulting for the French community in Addis Ababa, Dr. Wafa Ben Dhiab (Sunshine Clinic): 011-124.22.94 or 95 or 09-10-63-65-63 (mobile phone)

St Gabriel Hospital: 011-661-36-22

Hayat Hospital: 011-662-44-88-

Myung Sung International Medical Center (Korean hospital): 011-629-29-63

Swedish Clinic: 011-371-07-68 (fax: 011-371-33-63) (good services, high costs)

Saint General Yared Hospital (close to Meganania, road to CMC): 0116-45-46-04/0116-46-10-29

Dire Dawa

Bilal Hospital: 025-111-36-36

Yemariam Work Hospital: 025-113-09-97/025-113-09-76

For further information, consult the following Internet sites :

The site of the ministry of Health:

The interdepartmental site relating to the avian flu:

Updated information of the National Sanitary Surveillance Institute:

The site of the World Health Organization: T (English and French)

The site of the Pasteur Institute of Paris or Lille

Dernière modification : 19/07/2011

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