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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A Guide to the Practice of Travel Medicine
Last updated: 16 May 2014