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 OUTBREAK IN CYCLONE-HIT MOZAMBIQUE**

Following cyclone Idai in Mozambique, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed an outbreak of cholera in Beira. A total of 1052 cases were reported as at April 1st. More cases are expected since over 100 000 people are living in temporary shelters with unsafe water supply and poor sanitation and are at high risk of infection.

Healthcare workers are advised to suspect cholera in patients with acute onset of watery diarrhoea, particularly if there is a history of travel to cyclone-affected areas.

For more information, visit: http://www.nicd.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/CHOLERA-ALERTforHCW_3-April-2019.pdf

Cholera poses a major public health threat. To help prevent the spread of the disease, the Ministry of Health in Mozambique started a 6-day emergency vaccination campaign yesterday. For more information: https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/combating-cholera-in-mozambique

 

**MALARIA ALERT FOR TRAVELLERS DURING THE APRIL HOLIDAY SEASON**

The April holidays are fast approaching and if you are travelling to a malaria area, don’t forget to take precautions.  In light of cyclone Idai, there may be an increase in the cases of malaria locally and within the southeast African region.

For further information, please read the alert courtesy of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD): http://www.nicd.ac.za/malaria-alert-for-travellers-during-the-april-holiday-season/

The updated malaria map for South Africa, December 2018

 

**Keep informed! The first issue of Immunise Today is now available.**

 

***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.

 

 

 

 

***MALARIA GUIDELINES*** Updated 

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

 

 

Data Privacy Statement

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 April 2019

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