Welcome to Amayeza Information Centre

 The word “Amayeza” means “Medicine” in the Xhosa language.

We are an independant medicine information centre that aims to provide reliable, accurate, objective, and up-to-date information on medicine to pharmacists and other health care professionals across South Africa.

Please note that our services are subscription-based. In order for you to benefit from our up-to-date medicine information, you will need to be a subscriber of Amayeza Information Services. For more information regarding subscriptions, click here

 

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WHAT’S NEW?

***CHOLERA IN ZIMBABWE***

Since September 2018, there has been an ongoing cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe. As at 2nd December 2018, there have been over 10,000 cases, of which 278 cases have been confirmed.

Cholera has also been reported in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Tanzania, Somalia, the northern parts of Nigeria and Yemen.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) have provided guidance on Cholera Preparedness for South African travellers and Health care workers.

 

***RETURNING TRAVELLERS & MALARIA***

Courtesy of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD):

Malaria cases in South Africa are increasing as expected during the summer months. As at the end of October 2018, more than 16 000 cases with 110 deaths have been reported. During the holiday season, many people will be exposed because of their travel to higher transmission areas, both internally and outside the country borders, particularly in Mozambique.

There has been some recent expansion of low or very low malaria transmission to some districts previously regarded as non-malaria areas in South Africa, such as parts of the Waterberg District. People who are planning to travel are urged to take adequate measures to protect themselves from malaria. All people in malaria risk areas should reduce contact with mosquitoes by limiting outdoor activity after dark, covering up bare skin (not forgetting feet and ankles), using mosquito repellents, ensuring mosquito screens on windows are closed, and using bednets, fans or airconditioning, if available. Consider antimalarial prophylaxis in higher risk areas – doxycycline and atovaquone-proguanil are available without prescription from pharmacies. Public sector travel clinics will also supply prophylaxis to travellers. It is important to understand that while these precautions will substantially reduce the chance of acquiring malaria, the risk is never completely abolished.

All travellers returning from malaria transmission areas, including very low risk ones, should get medical advice about ’flu-like’ illness (headache, fever, chills, muscle and joint pain) that occurs up to four to six weeks after first possible exposure, in case it is malaria. Further information on prevention are available on the NICD website: www.nicd.ac.za

The updated malaria map for South Africa, December 2018

 

***MALARIA GUIDELINES*** Updated Jan 2019

South African Guidelines for the Prevention of Malaria

  • Addendum to the South African Guidelines for the Prevention of Malaria

South African Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria 

 

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Archived information 

2018 VACCINE SCHEDULES

MALARIA

Useful links:

http://www.sastm.org.za/sastm_publication.php?id=32

 

 

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Amayeza Information Services stores any personal information to enable us to address the enquiry, or other such matters that have been raised, and to document our response. The information will be retained in a secure server and will only be used for this purpose, unless required for legal proceedings. If reporting an adverse event, the information provided will be used in order to meet regulatory requirements in relation to the safety of medicines. In accordance with applicable law, you may have a right to access and correct your information. If you would prefer that Amayeza does not store your personal data, please let us know.

 

 

Last updated: 09 January 2019

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