Dukoral … I just took my first dose. This is supposed to help you with healthy travel. It is designed to prevent all kinds of intestinal parasitic problems, I hope so. I leave for DRCongo again in about 10 days and I sure don’t want a repeat of my last flight home …
This time I head to Uvira, into a remote area. I have been at the back end of nowhere the last few times, but Uvira is supposed to be really, really out there. In Congo I am usually in Bukavu, which is not on anyone’s top 10 list for travel destinations.
I am really curious to see what people in Bukavu think of as remote.
Last year at this time I was in the middle of managing a $2.5 million dollar food aid project in the area. This time I am working with the people on the next steps. What do they want to do to stabilize future food security?
We want to help our partners build a project that will be a real and lasting benefit.
Hopefully the rebels don’t take it all away.
My second and last dose of Dukarol is to be taken in a week. This is also supposed to keep me safe from cholera, a water-borne disease, for three months.
I got caught by some bug on my last visit and spent an uncomfortable plane ride home in all kinds of (euphemism) ‘abdominal distress’.
Contaminated water is a real concern so we are also looking at a well project in one of our project areas. It would be great to reduce illness without the need for a few thousand (expensive) Dukoral doses for the community.
Many people worry about the guys with guns when they travel. Terrorist attack is a real fear.
While it could happen, what will almost invariably happen is getting some bug. That stops a lot more travel than a hypothetical violent attacker. Focus on the basics:
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Don’t drink the water.
- Be careful of raw vegetables.
- Wash your hands … a lot
- then just go for it!
What do you do to protect yourself for healthy travel?