daughter going to africa

chery2July 29, 2008

Our daughter, 27, works for the Pediatric Aids Foundation in DC. Her job is taking her to Africa later this summer. She's thrilled about the experience, and we're thrilled for her. But now the short visit has been extended to a month, and she'll be staying in Nairobi. All I know about Africa is what I learned teaching Alan Paton's CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY, written in the 1940s, I believe.

Can anyone enlighten me or direct me to a website? Thanks in advance.


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I find those Lonely Planet guides a good resource.

How about you just google Nairobi and see what you come up with.

Find out all the details about where she is going and where she is staying.

Does she need to have any vaccinations ?

It will be an adventure !

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 8:29PM
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Thanks, Popi. I've started googling Nairobi. So far I have a map and a narrative by a young woman about Emily's age who goes on an on about the annoying things, then says she loves it!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 9:16PM
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Here's a link I found about Nairobi with pictures.

My niece, a nurse, spent a month in Africa with AIDS patients. I think it was in Zimbabwe (cuz I did a search for the Howard Hospital and it shows it's in Zimbabwe). I've messaged her with questions and will let you know. Here are some of her pictures that she took during her stay.

Home Sweet Home

Three out of 10 shops sold coffins

Howard Hospital


Dirt road

Male ward


Dinner party

Eye clinic

Here is a link that might be useful: Nairobi

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 10:29AM
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khandi, thanks so much for trying to send the pictures. I was able to open the one of the city sights of Nairobi, but the others said they "didn't exist." Go figure. Really appreciate your trying!


    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 11:47AM
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I have been to Nairobi and as with most of the third world countries, you follow safety rules. The people working there will probably explain them to her. Generally you don't go any where alone especially at night. There is violence in Africa that I did not see in other countries I visited. I understand the violence, they work every day just eat. The poverty I saw there was horrible, I wanted to help so bad, but there's nothing one can do.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 2:05PM
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I don't mean to alarm you, but she should read the state departments travel warnings to Nairobi and Kenya.

Here's a link:

Here is a link that might be useful: travel warnings

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 2:23PM
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This is the reply that I got from my niece. Hope it helps!

I went to Zimbabwe in Aug/Sept 2005. All I needed (on top of what I already have because of nursing) was Hep A and Typhoid, but vaccines are region-specific so it really depends on where she's going. She needs to see a travel doctor. They are specialists in this stuff and can tell her exactly what she needs and give it to her.

Africa is a large continent with so many varied cultures, living conditions, etc. There are many safe, beautiful places and many not-so-safe places so my only advice would be to research the country/region she intends to go to.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2008 at 9:28AM
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She needs to go to the health dept, they have travel nurses there. Their job is to know about what you need when you travel.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2008 at 2:06PM
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Sorry, I forgot to mention, we had to take malaria prevention meds. If I am not mistaken, malaria is forever, just goes into remission for awhile.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2008 at 2:07PM
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I also have been to Nairobi. It's a beautiful city....but there are many desperatly poor, and we were warned to not go anywhere alone. The first night, as I went up to my room in the elevator and was met by an armed guard in Army Khaki, I didn't know to be afraid or to feel very safe!
It'll be wonderful! What an experience!
Linda C

    Bookmark   August 3, 2008 at 12:20AM
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