6 Dec, 11 | by BMJ Group
It is a typical busy, Thursday afternoon in the office in central London, as I recall the mental note I made to myself earlier that day: ring GP practice to arrange anti-malarial prescription. I am going to Nigeria on Monday and have resolved to make sure that I take my malaria prophylaxis rigorously this time.
I have not always been so scrupulous about taking these drugs on my regular visits home to Nigeria. Ten years ago, I came to the UK to study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical
Medicine learning in great detail the science behind the need for prophylaxis and seeing first hand at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases the tragic consequences of not taking it. And yet, for those first few years, whenever I went back to Nigeria, I did not take any preventive medication. more…