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  • backpod 9:09 pm on October 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , clinic, , healthcare, , image of the week, Infectious diseases, malaria, medical relief,   

    Image of the Week: HFA Infectious Disease Program, Malaria 

    Image of the Week: HFA Infectious Disease Program, Malaria

    Infectious Disease Clinic – During their time in Panama, @HFA groups are exposed to the struggle against infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and TB through hands-on clinic Days. *Marcos bravely gets his malaria shot – what a trooper! Photo Credit: Kari Foster, Backpod

  • backpod 4:58 am on August 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , malaria, mosquitoes, shots, typhoid   

    A Prick of Excitement 

    August 10th, 2008

    Once we decided to officially take the leap, we went to get our first round of shots and meds for the upcoming jaunt to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Hepatitis A, a disease transmitted by water, was the first prick. We also received meds for Malaria and Typhoid.


    During our visit, our nurse Betsy was very informative and was able to give us great information on how to stay disease free during our trip.

    Fun Facts about Disease!

    Fact: Mosquitoes transmit both Malaria and Typhoid.

    Second Fact: Only nighttime mosquitoes carry Malaria. Daytime insects present significant risk to Dengue Fever. Bottom-line, insects are a serious concern when traveling in Honduras.

    Third Fact: The majority of injuries that occur while traveling in under developed countries were not caused by diseases as most, including us, thought. In fact, physical injuries resulting from things like clumsiness were more common.

    american medical kits

    Thanks to our wonderful sponsors Adventure Medical Kits, we are fully armed for insect defense. They generously donated plenty of deet based repellent. Backpod is also privileged to test out certain backpacking medical products for travel specifically to developing countries for AMK.

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