Recommended malaria tablets for Africa

Recommended malaria tablets for Africa

Some countries in Africa do not carry a significant risk of malaria, particularly urban areas and some North African countries.

There is, however, a very real risk from virulent strains of malaria in many countries areas of Africa.

The recommended malaria tablets for each region can be found from various authorities in the UK and internationally. There is broad agreement between authorities that where there is a risk the recommended antimalarials for Africa (all countries and regions) are Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone) OR doxycycline OR mefloquine (Lariam).

In the UK the NHS follows advice provided from the Fitfortravel website of NHS Scotland.

The Africa page of this NHS website has links to malaria maps for each country with the areas of risk highlighted in red. Travellers going to areas coloured dark red on these maps need to take malaria tablets.

Recommended malaria tablets for Kenya

See example of the map for recommended malaria tablets for Kenya below: (June 2013). The text below the map lists the recommended tablets.

Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone) OR doxycycline OR mefloquine (Lariam) is usually recommended for those visiting risk areas. Malaria tablets are not advised for Nairobi and the immediate surrounding areas but awareness, bite prevention and prompt diagnosis and treatment of any feverish illness should be stressed.

Centre for Disease Control (CDC) USA – alternative information source

In the USA similar advice is provided by the Centre for Disease Control and further advice is also available from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Malaria recommendations can be found by following links from the CDC malaria map page.

An example of the map in this site for Kenya is copied below showing the recommendations below the map. The recommendation is the same as the UK NHS advice.

recommended malaria tablets kenya

Country Name Malaria in Country Drug Resistance Malaria Type Prophylaxis for Areas with Malaria
Kenya Present in all areas (including game parks) at altitudes <2,500m (<8,202ft).ᅠNone in Nairobi. Chloroquine P. falciparum 85%, P. vivax 5-10%, P. ovale up to 5% Atovaquone/ proguanil (Malarone), doxycycline, or mefloquine (Lariam)

Malaria Prevention – General

In addition to malaria prophylaxis, avoidance of mosquito bites is centrally important and those travelling to remote areas, where treatment may not be readily available, should consider seeing their doctors and consider carrying treatment for malaria.

WHO – World Health Organisation

Malaria advice for travellers is also provided from the WHO website.

There is no benefit in consulting more than one authoritive source for information, because is unusual for advice to differ. The WHO also provides links various nationally provided websites where detailed malaria information is reproduced.

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