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Dear Members, A 76 year old couple with no major medical history are going on a trip to Africa. They fly from Miami ,Florida to Barcelona, Spain to spend a few days with their family. Then they fly to Nairobi, Kenya to change planes for a flight to Cape Town , SA. From South Africa they will go on a train to Tanzania and continue on a safari trip . This trip also includes a visit to the Victoria Falls. It seems to me that this travel should not require a YF vaccine for this older couple. However, I'm worried that they may run into a problem with authorities in SA or Tanzania because of the transit through Nairobi. They may not have much problem in ...
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Travel Health Pacifica

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This is my first article for the new chapter for my blog Travel Health Pacifica as member of the International Society of Travel Medicine. I have been blogging since 2007. My first blog can be see here : Click on this link: I have not yet decided yet the theme for the blog posts but my articles will focus on providing health information for travellers to Papua New Guinea and other smaller pacific island countries. I will also publish articles about health issues affecting locals who work in the travel industry in PNG what impact travellers have had on their health in general. My field of expertise is infectious disease, tropical medicine, medical ...
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INFO ON PROFESSIONAL AND INTEREST GROUPS First, each professional and interest group will have a special table in the main ISTM booth in the exhibition – anyone is invited to stop by and chat with group leaders and learn what the groups are doing anytime the exposition is open. On Sunday, 24 May from 13.00 to 17.00 there are thre pre-CISTM courses: Pharmacist Professional Group: “A Focused Review of Some Topics in Travel Health for Pharmacists” Pediatrics Interest Group: “Challenges in PreTravel Preparation of Children with Special Needs” Psychological Health of Travellers Interest Group: “Expatriates and Lethal Health Threats ...
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Budgeting for the Unexpected

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On a recent trip my husband required emergency surgery for a detached retina. Due to the injection of gas into the globe we were unable to fly and found ourselves grounded for an additional two weeks. Our personal resources were able to meet the challenges of additional travel, food and housing expenses not covered by the insurance but I started to think about budget minded travelers, especially younger adventurers who may not have similar resources. So in addition to advising travelers to get medical and evacuation insurance I briefly discuss the need for a financial backup plan to access additional funds as needed to cover such delays.
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Software for travel medicine clinics has been important to me for many years. For over 16 years I was the COO of Tropical Medicine Bureau in Dublin, Ireland; when I started we had just 2 clinics, which I helped grow to over twenty by opening additional clinics and developing a franchise style agreement with local clinics. Even if we had just one clinic, we would have needed some software to help us manage our patients, the vaccines we scheduled for them, create invoices and so on. Having multiple centres and franchisees increased that need. Just one example is that we had to be able to quickly train medical staff and ensure they stuck to the protocols ...
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I took Module 1 (Introduction to Global Public Health) of this 4-module course at the end of June. It's offered every summer (~end of June-end of July) by the West Virginia University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education and the Global Health Program. The course can be taken in person at the Health Sciences Center on campus in Morgantown WV or online. I took it in person and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the faculty (they were stellar) and other students. Morgantown is lovely in the summertime, especially with 2/3 of the students off campus! For more info on this very worthwhile course, check out their site: www.hsc.wvu/som/tropmed/Tropical-Medicine-Course/ ...
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Tourist Tracking System

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Mahabir Pun, an award winning social entrepreneur from Nepal, has developed a tracking device called E-tag (Entity Tag) and known as a Tourist Tracking System (TTS). The device is being tested in the Ghandruk-Ghodepani area of the Annapurna foot trail in Nepal. Funded by the Asia-Pacific Tele Community in Bangkok, Thailand the tags are designed to locate lost trekkers. Read more here: http://www.nepalwireless.net/newsdetail.php?id=6 #TipsandRecommendations
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Haiti

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In June I lead my fourth medical trip to the rural village of Verettes, Haiti, with Medical Student Missions (medicalstudentmissions.org). Our group brought down $6000 worth of medicines, 700 pairs of eyeglasses, and 17 medical students. I was able to bring down an inflatable 12’6” Naish One stand up paddleboard thanks to generous donations from Naish Inc. of White Salmon, WA and Providence Health International. In addition to providing medical care to 800 underserved in the midst of the Chikungunya outbreak, I had a chance to build smiles, friendship, camaraderie and many laughs on the Artibonite River with my Haitian friendsBy the end of the week, Sonson, ...
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