Check up on your immunizations before moving to South Africa. While your children might be current, you yourself might not be, since some of these vaccines were not routine in the past. Particularly the hepatitis A vaccine is highly recommended for South Africa. You should also familiarize yourself with over the counter medicines and their brand names in South Africa.
Finding an internet provider so that your kids don't have to go without Snapchat for a minute too long, assembling the paperwork for your Traffic Register Number, booking your first safari - those are most likely at the top of your "settling in South Africa" list. The topic that actually should be at the top of your list is how to prepare for your health when moving to South Africa.
I recently assured a reader that we had had a good experience with doctors in general and that the private hospitals we frequented were of as good a standard as we knew from the United States. But I knew nothing about the care for depression, anxiety, and mental illness. I received a number of helpful answers from other readers and posted them in this blog post.
Are you moving to South Africa? Then you better get yourself a good health insurance plan, called "Medical Aid" in South Africa. The following is a guest post sponsored by Medibroker International, a company providing broker services for expats looking for international health insurance.
The quality of healthcare in South Africa is good. "My husband’s back op put an end to 10 years of back pains, for instance. And one of my doctors in Switzerland told me that he’d spent a year in South Africa, training as a surgeon." Apparently, doctors from all over the world are on a long waiting list for coveted internships at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
One of the things you most worry about when moving abroad as an expat is the prospect of giving birth in a foreign country. But it can also be one of the best experiences of your life. Contrary to common opinion, South Africa has excellent doctors and hospitals. In this post, one of my readers tells her story of giving birth (several times over!) in South Africa.
Expat life and orthodontics don’t mix very well. In fact, moving anywhere doesn’t agree with orthodontic treatment in your children. This sadly is one area of our expat existence where I can’t proclaim any joy at all. Except maybe one little silver lining, and that’s just because ...
I promised to keep you posted on what happens when you go through immigration in Zanzibar. The arrivals hall, or should I say shack, was every bit as cramped and sweat-stenched as I had imagined when musing about this scene ahead ...