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Women Seafarers' Health and Welfare Survey

Back in 2015, it was estimated that 1-2% of the world's 1.25m seafarers were women, serving on some 87,000 ships, mostly in the cruise sector. Research suggested that there were areas where women seafarers' specific needs were often overlooked, health in particular.

After recognising this possible gap in available health information and provisions, representatives from ISWAN, the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) conducted a survey to find out how women currently working at sea view their health needs.

The responses received highlight a small number of areas where relatively simple and low-cost interventions might improve the health and welfare of women seafarers as well as some complex issues which will need further investigation.

The results were presented at a seminar at the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) in September 2015. The findings have also been presented at various conferences, including the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) AGM 2015 and the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) AGM 2016, published in the International Maritime Health Journal and referenced in the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2017. Another outcome of the research was that all seafarer centres were contacted about stocking sanitary products.

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A free, 24-hour, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families worldwide

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Yacht Crew Help

A free, 24-hour, multilingual helpline for professional yacht crew worldwide

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ISWAN for Seafarers app

A free mobile app for seafarers which can be used offline to access help, information and support around the clock

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International activities

Providing humanitarian support to seafarers and their families in South and South East Asia

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Social Interaction Matters (SIM)

Improving seafarers' health and wellbeing through promotion of increased, quality social interaction and rest time

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Mental Health Awareness Training for the Maritime Industry

Spotting the signs and responding to concerns

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We offer support to seafarers and their families affected by maritime piracy

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Superyacht Crew Welfare

We launched the results of our survey of superyacht crew in London on 3rd December 2018

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Mentally Healthy Ships

A guide for shipping companies and ship operators to develop and implement mental health policies

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International Seafarers' Welfare Awards

Recognising excellence in seafarers’ welfare provision across the shipping industry

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Indian Seafarers Campaign

Discouraging Indian seafarers from signing up with unregistered crewing agencies

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Seafarers' Health Information Programme (SHIP)

We provide shipping companies and seafarers with information on staying healthy on board

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Seafarers' Mental Health and Wellbeing

A free training package suitable for both individual viewing by all crew and training sessions onboard and ashore

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Quench Hydration Campaign

Providing seafarers with the right tools and information to keep hydrated on board

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ISWAN Photo Competition

Sharing photography by seafarers all over the world

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