I need your help with a quick question.
I’m fortunate enough to be going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to help out with a humanitarian mission. I’ll be heading to Djibouti (a small country in Africa) with Norwegian Air to drop-off 140 tons of supplies for refugees in need of supplies. It’s in partnership with UNICEF, an organization which Norwegian has had close ties to.
I’ll be in Djibouti for a grand total of 30 hours. Some of that time will be outside. Djibouti is technically in a zone where folks are at-risk for Malaria. To protect against Malaria, I’d need to start taking pills essentially now and continue for a number of weeks, including after I return. I’ve taken one of the antibiotics most commonly prescribed for Malaria in the past. It wreaked quite a bit of havoc on my digestive system, but I obviously survived.
A couple of other mitigating factors to consider:
- A good mosquito repellent is part of an effective deterrent plan for Malaria. Is just a repellent enough?
- One of the common medicines folks take before going to a region where Malaria is present is also the same medicine used to treat Malaria. Should I just chance it knowing I may need to take the medicine later (and would probably hate having Malaria)?
What’s Your Opinion?
I haven’t been to Africa before. This is my first time making a decision like this. If I was going for a longer period of time, I think it’s an easy decision to take the pills. For one day?
I’d love it if you’d vote in my Twitter poll and/or leave comments below.
What do you think?
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