Thomas Locke explains which countries are malaria-endemic. More episodes.
Hello, I’m Thomas Locke and this is Fight Malaria.
In this episode, I will explain which countries are malaria-endemic and offer some guidance if you choose to travel to those countries.
So, which countries are malaria-endemic?
Malaria occurs in more than 100 countries and territories, about half of the world’s population is at risk. Large areas of Africa and South Asia and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania are considered areas where malaria transmission occurs. If you are travelling to any of these countries, you need to be prepared. Many effective antimalarial drugs are available. Your health-care provider can help you decide on the best drug to take, if any, based on your travel plans, medical history, age, drug allergies, pregnancy status, and other factors.
To allow enough time for some of the drugs to become effective and for a pharmacy to prepare any special doses of medicine (especially doses for children and infants), you may have to visit your healthcare provider 4-6 weeks before travel. Other malaria medicines only need to be started the day before travel, so last-minute travellers can still benefit from a visit to their health-care provider.
To learn more about malaria and the global effort to fight it, head to www.fightmalaria.co.uk