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The SASTM’s mission is to guide the profession in all aspects relating to the practice of travel medicine, liaise with the travel industry, consult with relevant authorities, advise the public and collaborate nationally and internationally on all aspects relating to Travel medicine.
SASTM Travel Medicine Conference – Stellenbosch
16 – 19 October 2024
SASTM Travel Medicine Course – Johannesburg
SASTM Post-Pandemic Travel Health Update – Cape Town
Important Press Release
The South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM), South African Paediatric Association (SAPA) and Southern African Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (SASPID) join hands with the South African Malaria Elimination Committee (SAMEC) and academics to prevent the stockout of malaria prophylaxis for children in the South African market ahead of the winter holiday exodus to high-risk malaria areas.
It has come to our attention that there is an imminent stockout of the only medicine for the prevention of malaria in toddlers and young children in South Africa, as stocks of the only current supplier, AcinoSwiss, will expire by end July 2023.
This comes at a critical point when many families will be heading out to malaria endemic areas in the Lowveld and neighbouring states, e.g., Mozambique, and follows on mefloquine, the only medication suitable for babies and pregnant women who must travel to malaria risk areas, no longer being marketed in South Africa…
Representatives of the societies and SAMEC met with AcinoSwiss, the sole supplier of Malanil Paediatric, earlier this week, to find an urgent solution. The company is immediately making available a supply of tablets still in stock, but with short expiry dates, at end July 2023. The tablets will be available at certain travel clinics and pharmacies...
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SASTM Registered Travel Health Clinics
Travel clinics are medical facilities that specialize in the practice of travel medicine. The field primarily focuses on providing preventive medical care, such as administering vaccinations against tropical diseases such as yellow fever and typhoid fever as well as prescribing medications to prevent malaria.