Each post maintains a health unit with at least one full-time medical officer who handles Volunteers’ primary health-care needs, including evaluation and treatment of most medical conditions. Upon your arrival in-country, you will receive a country-specific health handbook. During pre-service training, the health unit will provide you with a medical kit with basic medical supplies to treat mild illnesses and first aid needs. During this time, you must provide your own prescription medications and any other specific medical supplies you need. (Bring a three-month supply of your prescriptions!). Your prescription medications will be ordered for you during Pre-Service training, and it may take several months for shipments to arrive. After training the medical officers will provide the prescription medications you take during service. Your medical kit can be restocked anytime during service.
During service, the medical officers are available to answer your questions, and you may always feel free to contact them by phone, text message, email, or in person if you feel you have a physical, emotional, or other problem that relates to your health or well-being. You will have physicals at mid-service and at the end of your service, and can be seen by your medical officer on an as-needed basis. Additional medical care is available at local hospitals. If you develop a serious medical problem during your service, the medical officer will consult with the Office of Health Services in Washington, D.C., or a regional medical officer. If you cannot receive the care you need in-country, you will be transported to a Peace Corps-approved regional medical facility or the U.S. Read more about the Peace Corps’ approach to health.
Health Issues In-CountryThe most common diseases in Georgia are similar to those found in other temperate climates.
- Respiratory infections, including colds, and asthma, are common.
- Diarrheal illnesses due to stress, changes in diet, food preparation and/or inadequate cold-storage techniques, and intestinal parasites are the most frequent health issues for Volunteers.
- Isolation from family, friends, and other Volunteers and from living in a different culture can be very unsettling and stressful.
- Alcohol abuse is a widespread concern throughout the region.
- HIV/AIDS is becoming more widespread in the local population, especially among intravenous-drug users.
- Plasmodium vivax was a type of malaria that occurred in Georgia, although the number of reported cases has declined significantly over the past several years and it is almost eradicated now. Currently Volunteers and trainees do not receive malaria prophylaxis medicines according to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of State, and the Peace Corps.