Sunday, June 25, 2017

Items to bring – Volunteers

You must bring along the medications you usually take, in their original prescription bottles. They should last for your entire trip, as you may not be able to obtain the exact medication you need in the Gambia. Transport these in your carry-on luggage, but follow the appropriate airline security guidelines, if any of the medication is in liquid form.

Do not forget your anti-malarial drugs.

Also, you should bring medication for diarrhea. Over-the-counter will suffice, but you might want to bring along one or two courses of ciprofloxacin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxizole or, based on your special needs or allergies, any other medication to treat bacterial diarrhea, as recommended by your physician.

Other items you may need are:

  • Sunblock (SPF 15 or greater) and sunglasses with UV block
  • Insect repellent with 50% DEET
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Flying-insect spray with a pyrethroid insecticide
  • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts, long pants, a hat

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