The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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All looks good on paper but i'm afraid i'm very skeptical having just studyied a Tropical Medicine Diploma and spent hours in a lab learning to diagnose the strains of malaria under a microscope (to WHO guidelines).
If i suspected i had it, I'd still get checked out properly.
well , I reckon that this doesnt look very scientific !! .. but I assure you that It works.
'cos I am in the Gambia a good part of the year.. and over there , testing for malaria is everyday routine (well , not every day but really common )
and -guess what - ? The tests are done exactly with this very same kit. -hence I found it on the web- .
I agree that is not 100% acurate as a western-lab , but for most of us on the road , it is either this or nothing . Even the leaflet states it :"This is a malaria field-test . Positive results should be definitely treated as very probable malaria infection . However Negative results will be consider accurate in 80% .If in doubt go to a Hospital " -well , that's common sense-
anyway .. for the price of a couple pints... why not ? Looks cool !
Have to admit not sure what they do in Gambia. My experience was from training in a lab in Central Africa for a few weeks as part of the course.
Theres no harm in doing it, i just wanted people to be aware that it may not be accurate as i would never wish Falcipurum malaria on anyone.
It would be worth carrying a couple if their single use and do a couple of tests 8-12 hours apart as the parasite moves between the liver and blood so depending on where it is, gives a different result (this applys to other methods as well)
Its up to the individual to use sense.
Just finished an expedition medic course and this subject cropped up.
The opinion of the doctors, was that these kits (I'm assuming these are the same ones) are worth taking as a useful part of your diagnostic 'tool bag', but they should not be relied on as they often give false negatives.
In other words, if you've been in a malarial zone and it looks like malaria, then you need to start treatment no matter what.
Used these kits on a sailing trip from SA to OZ. Bought them in South Africa with a "cure" So if test was positive... Take few tabs as cure. This was however for countries Mozambique, Madagascar, Seychelles, Maldives, India, Thailand, malaysia, Singapore, Indoneaia, OZ!
I will stress that the straines of malaria in africa are killers!!
My 1p worth....
So why bring one of those kits? Am I missing the point?
I get sick. I suspect malaria so I test. The test is negative, but I still feel sick,
so I go to the doctor .... Isn't that the same as going to the doctor?
Save the money and the space seems a better plan to me.
I'd agree, most of the time you're likely to be close to local clinics - who will be well-practised at spotting malaria.
To qualify, I think the advice to take the test kit really relates to groups of people in remote spots, where the statistical odds of a case are higher and you also have the carrying capacity for a more comprehensive medical kit.
In that situation any clues which can help in planning are useful. All about balancing risks.
As long as you don't see a 'negative' result as an all-clear then there's no downside to taking a test.
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