Welcome to Amayeza Information Centre

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.

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

Important notice:
Please take note that our drug information service is only available to subscribers to Amayeza.  This has been in effect from 1st April 2013.  In order to benefit from our medicine information service, you will need to subscribe to us.

For more information regarding subscribing to Amayeza, click here Alternatively, you may contact us on 011 475 2994 for further information.  Kindly take note of our new contact details

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.

MALARIA ALERT

Travellers who have visited malaria areas should take note of the increase in number of malaria cases.  Areas affected have been reported from Limpopo Province, particularly from Giyani and the areas around Phalaborwa, and also from the Bushbuckridge area in Mpumalanga Province. Risk areas are the lowveld areas of Mpumalanga including the Kruger National Park, the north-western areas of Limpopo and the far northern part of KwaZulu-Natal.  The majority of travel-related malaria is seen in those returning from Mozambique. This clearly is a reflection of the large numbers of travellers to this country from South Africa, and also of the significant malaria risk particularly in areas north of Maputo.

Malaria is a deadly disease; each year otherwise healthy travellers die from malaria because of missed diagnosis, delays in treatment, or incorrect treatment. Malaria is particularly serious in young children and pregnant women, and both these groups should be discouraged from travelling to high risk areas. The diagnosis and treatment of malaria constitute a medical emergency.

There should be a high index of suspicion for malaria in any person who develops a fever or flu-like illness with headache, cold shivers and hot sweats, and muscle and/or joint  pain.  Travellers should consult their doctor should such symptoms arise during or after travel to a malaria-risk area, whether preventive measures have been used or not.

Reference: National Institute for Communicable Disease.

***The malaria risk map of South Africa has been updated. Click here for more information.

Useful links:

Health Awareness Days

Vaccination schedule for South Africa

Disease Notification System

South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM) Publications:

The following two publications related to travel medicines and vaccines are available via the SASTM website.

Beyond Childhood Vaccination

 

http://www.sastm.org.za/sastm_publication.php?id=34

 

 

A Guide to the Practice of Travel Medicine

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

Last updated: 16 May 2014

 

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