Case Studies

Learn how we have helped our clients by providing an array of assistance, medical and travel security solutions at home and abroad.
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  • A child swallows a coin child holding coins 4 thumb

    When you are on assignment it is important that you and your family have access to accredited doctors and quality healthcare. This case study highlights the importance of this.

  • A Miracle Child langkawi island thumb

    A 12-year-old Japanese boy was enjoying his holiday with his family when he lost consciousness in the sea off Langkawi Island, Malaysia. His family were unable to speak the language and did not have the sufficient funds for medical expenses. Our evacuation of the child to a medical facility that was able to treat him meant he was able to regain consciousness after a week’s coma.

  • A sore throat solved by video consultation teleconsultation thumbnail

    An executive working for a major consumer goods company was on a business trip in Chester, UK, when his throat increasingly became sore.

  • Assistance With a Lost Passport and Missing Wallet assistance centre

    If you are unlucky enough to lose your passport while you are abroad, it can be time-consuming and stressful to get a replacement. We can often make things easier—by scheduling appointments with embassies, arranging translation, wiring emergency funds, and rebooking flights home.

  • Assisting a client affected by Cyclone Pam Cyclone Pam Thumb

    Cyclone Pam had a devastating impact on the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu late at night on 13th March 2015. Shortly after impact, we had ascertained that 27 of our clients had close to 400 staff in the immediate vicinity.

  • Containing a Measles Outbreak on an Oil Rig oil rig

    Measles is highly contagious. Though not usually fatal, serious complications can occur amongst those with compromised immune systems, children and the elderly. As such, any measles outbreak is considered very serious.

  • Emotional support for an international assignee emotional support thumbnail

    A Swiss employee on assignment contacted one of our Assistance Centres as she was having difficulty coping with her new post in the Czech Republic.

  • Emotional support for a student studying abroad

    Schools and universities have a Duty of Care obligation to protect students from foreseeable risk when studying or travelling abroad through the institution. This includes supporting students’ mental health, which can be exacerbated when away from home.

  • Emotional support for victims of confinement in South Sudan WPO thumnail

    In July 2016, an organisation required employee evacuation from South Sudan after six days of confinement to protect themselves from armed conflicts occurring within the city. Immediate psychological and emotional support was provided to victims to help ensuring full recovery.

  • Evacuation from Bali Motorbike case study thumb

    American mother who had learnt that her 19 year old daughter had been involved in a motorbike accident some hours earlier in Kedonganan, Bali. Her daughter, who was a college student on a school trip to Bali, had been admitted to a local hospital with serious leg and hip injuries. The hospital was asking for payment before treating her daughter’s injuries and were unwilling to accept the mother’s credit card payment from the US.

  • Evacuation of doctors exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone

    International SOS supports organisations working in Ebola-affected countries. After two doctors were exposed to the virus while working for an NGO, we evacuated them to the Netherlands where they could access potentially life-saving medical support.

  • Improving a Healthcare Administration Programme medication

    When your company does not have an adequate medical programme in place, costs can escalate along with increased employee sick time and lowered productivity.

  • Jakarta Attacks jakarta thumb image

    On 14 January 2016, terrorists set off a series of explosions in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. A gun battle then ensued; injuring 20 people and killing 4. During and after the incident, we were able to provide our clients with essential updates and advice, sourced from our on-the-ground team of security experts.

  • Japanese Tsunami Response

    The earthquake causes a tsunami – 12,000 die and 15,000 are missing. Roads, housing and communication networks destroyed. Fukushima nuclear power plant is struck; state of nuclear emergency is declared. Initial natural disaster widens and quickly becomes a medical-related crisis. Strong aftershocks and rolling blackouts leave millions without power.

  • Language Barriers and Fears surgeon

    A 56 year old British gentleman was on a Mediterranean holiday cruise with his wife when he started feeling unwell. Because the ship’s doctor became concerned that the patient’s symptoms were related to a cardiac problem, the patient and his wife were disembarked at the next port, a Corsican town called Ajaccio. He was admitted to the local public hospital and then moved by air ambulance to a private specialist unit in Marseilles on the mainland.

  • Leading a Successful Malaria Programme malaria

    At many remote mining and drilling sites in addition to the employees and contractors living and working onsite, there may be several communities living nearby. This case study shows how effective malaria control for a work site accounts for the broader population around the project through vector control and health promotion programmes. It addresses the employer’s corporate and social responsibility obligations while helping meet productivity targets.

  • Malaria in DRC malaria thumbnail

    An employee of Group Five, a leading African construction, concessions and manufacturing group, had been admitted to a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with malaria.

  • Mali Attack mali hotel thumb image

    On 20 November 2015 terrorists attacked an internationally recognised hotel chain in Bamako, capital of Mali. They took 170 hostages and killed 20 in a mass shooting. Throughout the day, our crisis management teams in Paris and London provided essential advice to clients. Our unique operations network meant we were able to maintain contact with clients and members affected and coordinate the response accordingly.

  • Medical Equipment Lost and Found call operator

    More and more people are travelling overseas with medical equipment that they need to survive. If this equipment is lost or malfunctions, it is critical to find a replacement as soon as possible. This case study demonstrates our capability to rapidly locate and replace lost medical equipment for a member.

  • Medical Solutions for a Remote Environment man smiling

    An international oil and gas company required on-the-ground medical support for their geological exploration and drilling expedition in Mauritania. Project manager, Javier Artime, commissioned International SOS for the seven month project.

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