Africa - Malaria Risk Travel Information

Travel Overview:

Whether you are going for a safari experience or visiting friends and family, travelling to Africa is always a journey that you need to plan for!

This gorgeous continent plays host to a range of countries packed full of beautiful landscapes, vibrant cities and rich culture. But it also carries a risk of malaria.

When travelling to areas that carry a malaria risk warning it is important that you take all the necessary precautions before you travel. Purchasing suitable antimalarial tablets or mosquito nets and sprays is the first step in ensuring that you are protected from malaria.

When looking to purchase malaria prevention tablets, you need to have the right ones for the country that you are visiting. There are many African countries, each with different challenges and requirements. There are some parts of Africa that carry a much higher malaria risk area than others, this means that you will need to take extra care when visiting. The longer you spend in a malaria-risk area, the more tablets you'll need to remain protected. This is why you need to think about things like side effects.

Antimalarial Tablets - What You Need To Know:

Choosing the right antimalarial tablets is not a simple case of one-size-fits-all. Some tablets require you to start taking them in advance in travel and then continuing to do so after you return.

Getting the correct information about your destination is imperative in order to understand what antimalarial tablet is best suited to you.

As well as thinking about the different types of malaria, have you considered having access to safe drinking water? That's right, drinking water! It's one thing to have the tablets, but they need to be taken with water! If you have no access to safe, clean drinking water, how can you take your medication? You'll be amazed at how many travellers don't actually think about that!


VFR travellers?

In the UK, malaria is primarily found in individuals who have Visited Friends and Relatives (the VFR).

Traditionally, these groups are hard to reach and data acquired by Travelpharm, via freedom of information requests, have seen a 16% increase in cases between 2015 and 2016. With an overwhelming majority arising from sub-Saharan, East and West Africa travellers.

It is massively important that UK VFR’s heading to sub-Saharan Africa use all available measures to prevent malaria!