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Welcome to the British Global and Travel Health Association

Nepal Earthquake

The world has been shocked and horrified to hear of the scale of injury, death and destruction following the recent earthquake in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world. We hope to keep members up to date with the situation there and we would like to encourage you to contribute to both the immediate disaster appeal and the need for long term help and reconstruction that will follow. The Disasters Emergency Committee has launched an appeal at to help with the immediate needs. One of the hospitals involved in treating the many injured is the Patan Hospital which would welcome contributions to help with its work. You can donate to the hospital by clicking here.

Community Action Nepal is a charity run by the climber Doug Scott which works in some of the remote areas that have been worst hit and will be involved in long term health and reconstruction projects. Their contributions page can be found at

The people of Nepal are well known for the welcome, friendship and kindness that they show to visitors to their country. Now is the time for us to return some of that kindness in their time of need.

Please see the Latest News from Nepal

The International Red Cross is trying to reunite families and friends and has lists of those who are reported as still alive and those who are still reported as missing. Click here for more information.

About Us

BGTHA is the second largest national travel health association in the world. Our members include nurses, doctors, pharmacists and those working in the travel and pharmaceutical industries, and we extend a warm welcome to new members from those and any other professions concerned with the health of international travellers.

New items on the News Page!

Health and Safety in fieldwork, expeditions and adventure travel

Thursday 21 May 2015. For more information please click here

Chance for you to write for us in our 25th Edition!

The next edition of the BGTHA Journal will be a landmark for BGTHA as it will be our 25th edition. We would like to celebrate this landmark by producing a special edition with contributions from as many of our members as possible. You do not need to be an experienced writer, but if you have an interesting case that has passed through your travel clinic or surgery, a travel medicine topic that you are enthusiastic about, a personal travel story or anything that you think might interest your fellow members of BGTHA, please send it to us at

We will be very happy to help or advise you with writing or editing your article, so please do not let shyness or lack of writing experience put you off. This is your Journal, and this is your opportunity to see your work in print.

BGTHA/FTM 16th Annual Conference

Presentations from the conference will be available in the members area soon!

Travelwise 52 Winter 2014 now available in publications section
Travelwise 51 Summer 2014 now available in publications section

New Malaria guidelines published and what's new in them

BGTHA Journal XXIII now available online to members

A series of articles by Dr Mike Townend were recently published on including immunisation  (long stay and remote travel vaccinations, recognising dengue fever and what to recommen for travel vaccinations)


Past issues of the BGTHA Journal are now available for viewing for free - please click on the links below. However, the most recent recent 4 issues are only available for free to members.

Vol. XVI
Vol. XV
Vol. XIV
Vol. XII
Vol. XI
Vol. X
Vol. IX

Vol. XIX to XXII
The most recent 4 issues can be viewed by logging into the members only area. There are also many other members-only exclusive resources. Non-members can purchase each issue for £10 each.

Find out how you may join the BGTHA here.


You can view the contents by clicking here.
Available to non-members to purchase as a PDF by clicking here for £10. 
Members can download the PDF for free by logging into the members only area (members resources page).

We are pleased to highlight three articles which you can view for free by clicking on the title below:
Could Pneumococcal vaccination rates be improved by increasing awareness of Pneumococcal disease amongst Physicians? - Kassianos G
A Proactive Management Approach to Traveller's Diarrhoea in Vulnerable Travellers - Blackwood T
The Global Business Traveller - a Higher Health Risk - Melrose A

Extreme Medicine Conference

The Extreme Medicine Conference takes place in London between the 8th - 11th November. To find out more and book your place please follow this link.


Conference 2014 and 2013

2014 Conference report can be viewed by clicking here

BGTHA members can access the presentations from the 2013 Annual Conference by logging into the Members area.
If you are not a member, click here to view the benefits of membership. You can then join by clicking here.

  • Gastro-intestinal infection: a global problem (Dr Mark Salter)

  • Travellers' diarrhoes: causes, prevention and treatment (Dr Mike Jones)

  • Prebiotics, probiotics and their role in travellers' diarrhoea (Dr Dom Colbert)

  • Rotavirus and other new vaccines and campaigns (Dr George Kassianos)

  • Gastro-intestinal infection: more than just diarrhoea (Dr Eric Walker and Dr Dawn Rees)

  • Post-Infective SIBS and other sequelae of infection (Amy St John Glew and Dr Mike Jones)

  • Practical problems for the traveller (Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth) 

IMPORTANT: Regarding Enquiries

It is not our function to answer enquiries about travel health from the general public and we suggest that members of the public consult the Fit for Travel website.
We do not provide advice for healthcare professionals on individual cases. Healthcare professionals looking for such advice should access the NaTHNaC, or Travax websites.

Benefits of BGTHA Membership

  • Members Travel Health Clinic Listing

  • Research grant of up to £500 (this year's funding has been allocated. Please contact us for next year's applications)

  • Education Bursary of up to £300 (this year's funding has been allocated. please contact us for next year's applications

  • Four issues of Travel Wise per year (now published only in electronic form

  • Two issues of the BGTHA Journal per year

  • Reduced fee for the BGTHA Annual Scientific Meeting

  • Free Listing for your Travel Clinic on public access part of BGTHA website

  • Access to research groups

  • Study days

  • BGTHA Faculty of Travel Medicine bursary

  • Access to BGTHA publications online, including previous editions of Travel Wise and the BGTHA Journal and the BGTHA E-book on Travel and Health in Older People. There is a searchable archive of the BGTHA Journal, Clinical Topics (a series of authoritative articles on specific areas of travel medicine) and the E-book.

Click on Membership Benefits for more details

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Travel and Global Health 

The importance of Global Health as a concept and its relationship with Travel Health are becoming increasingly recognised. In order to reflect this importance the name of BTHA has been changed to the British Global and Travel Health Association (BGTHA). An important poster by Dr Eric Walker et al has been posted in the Publications area. Non-members can view the full poster free of charge by clicking on the PDF Sample icon beside its title, but the usual charge will be made for downloading it. The download is available free of charge to members in the Member Area. This is a large document and will initially appear on your screen in a size less than 100%. To increase it to a more readable size, use the size function on the toolbar at the top of the screen displaying it.

A book that members may find interesting is "Turning the World Upside Down - the search for global health in the 21st century", available from Amazon.

Our Patrons

Sir Chris Bonington
Col John Blashford-Snell
Baroness Cox of Queensbury