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Africa-Healthy Tips for frequent travelers

Travel Tips on Health


Ask a healthcare professional for advice on country-specific inoculations and vaccines. For travel to East Africa, you may be required to provide proof of your yellow fever inoculation. Vaccinations, or boosters of your childhood vaccines, are highly recommended, especially for typhoid, tetanus, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, and rabies. Don’t leave these to the last minute as some vaccines can make you feel unwell for a day or two. Read how to treat erectile dysfunction from this hyper male force review.

Take anti-malarial precautions.  According to recent study the best defence against malaria is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. In the evenings, cover your legs, arms and feet and apply insect repellant liberally. Speak to your healthcare professional about the malarial prophylactics available to you – this is strong medication with many contra-indications and can be unsettling. Be aware of common side effects and remember that you may need to take the prophylactics before and after your safari. If you want to take the risk out of the equation, there are a number of malaria-free destinations in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.

Dehydration. This is one of the most common causes of upset on vacation. Over heating, over exerting yourself, and not drinking enough fluids can all cause dehydration. According to the Mayo Clinic, early symptoms include headaches, fatigue, nausea, constipation, being very thirsty, having noticeably dry skin and feeling light headed or dizzy. It’s not enough just to drink lots of water, you also need to replace the electrolytes you lose in sweat (much like athletes do). Speak to your healthcare professional about electrolyte replacements that you can add to bottled water if you suspect you are dehydrating and make sure you add these to your safari first aid kit. If you are trying to lose weight try with these leptitox reviews.

Drink bottled water – it’s cheap and readily available. Most lodges serve complementary bottled water on game drives and in your room.  Tap water is fine in South Africa and in many lodges where the wilderness setting means the pure spring water runs through the taps. However, many illness are waterborne making it inadvisable in urban areas outside South Africa to: drink tap water, take ice cubes in your drinks, or eat raw fruit and vegetables that may have been washed in tap water.

Bring a hat and sun block. No matter your destination or the time of year, from summer in the Namib desert to the Serengeti in winter, you need sun block and a hat.

Your personal first aid kit. Always bring enough of any prescription medication you take regularly – never assume that you can obtain the same medication in Africa, take your  CBD oil, read the CBDistillery information here and find yous.
It’s a good idea to carry a small first aid kit when you travel – chat to your travel clinic or healthcare professional and pack regular non-prescription medication that you use at home for minor medical needs. For more detailed information check the latest Ask health news.

The 4th Africa-EU Summit that took place in Brussels in April 2014 provided an opportunity to look back at the successes and failures of the Joint Africa EU Strategy (JAES) and to look ahead for ways to fundamentally rebuild the nature, ambition and scope of the strategic partnership between both Africa and Europe for the years to come.

This blog will bring together voices from both Africa, Europe and beyond and asks “what is next for Africa-Europe relations?”. Will the declared Roadmap be enough to ensure sustainable development, peace and security for the years ahead until 2017?

For more background visit the European Centre for Development and Policy Management’s (ECDPM) Dossier on Africa – EU Relations.

The 2014 European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) Report launched this September, also covers Africa-EU relations.

We are keen to create a space for the widest possible debate – including key partners from both Europe, Africa and beyond.

If you also have videos, podcasts or other forms of multimedia – we are happy to include these as well.

To get involved send a brief email with your idea, the topics covered and relevant background information to Rhys Williams email:

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