Marine Medical Solutions (MMS) advocates for gender-inclusive health support to recognize International Women’s Day

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The growth of gender diversity in the maritime industry is important and must be welcomed but it has to be matched by the provision of the right form of medical support onboard ship for all seafarers, including women, according to Marine Medical Solutions (MMS), a leading provider of medical support for seafarers worldwide which takes an all-encompassing, holistic approach to their health and wellbeing.

Speaking on the occasion of International Women’s Day, MMS said the biological differences between men and women meant the medical support available at sea had to be carefully tailored to meet women’s health needs onboard ship.

Dr Jens Tülsner, CEO and founder of Marine Medical Solutions, said: “It’s crucial that the maritime industry acknowledges and accommodates the unique health requirements of female crew members. From menstrual hygiene support to understanding the varying impacts of medication, such as painkillers and antibiotics, on different genders, every aspect must be considered to uphold the dignity and rights of women onboard.”

MMS stresses the importance of comprehensive training for ships’ Masters and crew members to ensure they are equipped to address women’s health concerns sensitively and effectively. Additionally, promoting awareness and fostering a supportive environment onboard are essential to empower women to seek holistic health and medical assistance without hesitation. Medical assistance for women may need a slightly different approach so awareness is key.

Dr Tülsner added: “We want women to feel comfortable and supported when seeking medical assistance onboard. By raising awareness, enhancing understanding, and encouraging kindness, we can create a more inclusive and health-conscious maritime environment.”

Marine Medical Solutions reaffirms its commitment to providing telemedical support that is inclusive, understanding, and responsive to the diverse needs of seafarers worldwide, especially as we celebrate International Women’s Day.

For more information or to access telemedicine support from Marine Medical Solutions, please visit https://marinemedical.solutions.

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