It is advisable to travel with a small medical kit that includes any basic remedies you may need, such as antacids, painkillers, anti-histamines and cold remedies.
You will also need anti-diarrhoeal medication such as Imodium (adults only); and oral rehydration sachets such as Electrolade, especially if travelling with children…
Vaccines commonly recommended for travellers to Africa include those against;
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow fever*
*Certificate required for entry into, or travel between, some African countries.
Several of these vaccines require more than one dose, or take time to become effective. It is always best to seek advice on immunisation well in advance, if possible around 6 weeks before departure.
What to Pack – It is advisable to travel with a small medical kit that includes any basic remedies you may need, such as antacids, painkillers, anti-histamines and cold remedies. You will also need anti-diarrhoeal medication such as Imodium (adults only); and oral rehydration sachets such as Electrolade, especially if travelling with children.
Also include first aid items such as Band-Aids, antiseptic and dressings.
It may be worth asking your doctor to prescribe a broad spectrum antibiotic, suitable for treating dysentery or severe infections.
Take along scissors, tweezers, and thermometer, lip salve, sun block, water purification tablets or drops, as well as your preferred brands of toiletries and cosmetics.
If you wear spectacles or contact lenses, take spares. Also take a torch and a pocket knife.
Malaria – Malaria is a disease spread by mosquitoes that bite mainly at dusk and at night. Every traveller to Africa needs reliable, up to date advice on the risks at his or her own destination.
Prevention consists of using effective protection against bites, plus taking anti-malarial medication.
The most suitable choice of medication depends on many individual factors, and travellers need careful, professional advice about the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
Whatever your choice, you must take an anti malarial drug if you are visiting a malarial region, and you must continue taking the drug for the necessary period after your return; you must also take precautions to reduce the number of insect bites.
Visitors to malarial areas are at much greater risk than local people and long term expatriates – from malaria as from several other diseases: do not change or discontinue your malaria medication other than on skilled professional advice. Travellers to very remote places should also consider taking stand-by malaria treatment, for use in an emergency.
AMREF Flying Doctors
AMREF Flying Doctors – Africa’s leading Air Ambulance Service
AMREF Flying Doctors, based in Kenya, is the largest and best-known air ambulance service in the region. With a dedicated fleet of aircraft ranging from Cessna Caravans and Beechcraft King Airs to Cessna Citation Bravo Jets, AMREF Flying Doctors provides 24 hour emergency air ambulance evacuations in East Africa and, where clearance can be obtained, beyond. Patients can be evacuated across the globe by private air ambulance or on a commercial airline with a medical escort.
All aircraft are fully equipped with certified stretcher systems and carry modern medical equipment including transport ventilators, electronic monitoring equipment, trauma equipment, medical supplies and drugs, for professional intensive care unit patient transport.
Full time medical staff and aircrew are on standby at Wilson Airport, Nairobi, Kenya, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When being evacuated, patients are always accompanied by an emergency physician and/or critical care nurse, who have worked for several years in intensive care medicine, are certified in advanced life support and have longstanding aero-medical experience.
With the largest radio network in the region, consisting of some 120 High Frequency stations, AMREF Flying Doctors are able to communicate with medical centers and tourist lodges in remote locations, who in turn can contact the 24-hour Control Center in Nairobi to arrange medical evacuations or receive medical advice. Subscriptions to this vital service, Maisha, are available for individuals, small groups, families, coporates and tourists. To subscribe visit www.flydoc.org
AMREF Flying Doctors is a company, wholly owned by the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), an international non-government organisation, and is proudly celebrating 56 years of service and expertise this year.