Medical Assistance

For those wishing to travel in areas other than Mumbai, Pune, and Ahmednagar, the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) has set up centers in 125 countries with English-speaking physicians who are on call 24 hours a day. IAMAT publishes an annual directory of medical centers and associated physicians who have agreed to a set payment schedule for IAMAT members. There is no membership fee, but a small donation as been requested for those wishing to join.


Pharmacies or drug stores in India are known as "chemists." They may differ from Western pharmacies in several ways:

Medical care

Always make certain that any injections are performed with a disposable syringe and from sealed vials. At the smaller medical facilities you may want to take a syringe with you. They are easily available at all chemists in India.


Severe types of diarrhea lasting longer than three days should be treated by a doctor, particularly if blood or mucous appear in the stools.

If you do get diarrhea, avoid spices, fried food, raw fruits and vegetables, alcohol and drinks containing caffeine. Instead, eat bland foods such as crackers, cooked cereals, potatoes, plain rice, eggs, ripe bananas, and gelatin. Above all, to avoid reinfecting yourself


The symptoms of sunstroke are headache, nausea, muscle pains, fever and vomiting. Consult a doctor if the symptoms or fever become severe. To avoid sunstroke