Are You Ready for Travel Caching?

Travel Bags

 

Are you the type of traveler who finds yourself in New York, San Francisco, Chicago or other big cities on a regular basis? Consider doing some travel caching! Travel or urban caching is a unique (and rather zany) way to avoid taking anything other than a small carry on with you to destinations that you frequent, and you can save a lot of money in the process too.

The process is fairly simple: some hotels will store smaller items for you even when you are not staying there if you are a regular, returning customer. If your hotel will do this for you, then you are good to go! If not, there are some other options like MakeSpace or inexpensive self-storage locations.

Now, find a large enough box, sturdy bag, or crate to put items in. While some experienced travel cachers will keep a week’s worth of clothes in their bin, we suggest going a little bit smaller to start. Packing even two or three days’ worth of clothes and all of your toiletries in the crate will clear up a ton of space in your carry-on, or eliminate the need to take anything other than a small briefcase or purse on the plane with you.

You can store non-perishable breakfast or snack foods in the box as well. Essentially, by using your box and your hotel room, you are creating a mini-apartment. Why not save some extra money by throwing in some granola bars as well so that you don’t have to purchase breakfast at your hotel each day? Those little expenses add up, and you can save a lot of money.

Bag check fees add up too, so your costs of purchasing a crate/sturdy bag for the hotel to keep will easily be covered within three or four trips to this location.

Surely, travel caching is really only a good option for a frequent traveler to one location, but there are other ways to avoid the nightmare that checking a bag can turn into:

  • Always pack in an orderly fashion so your things are easily accessible when you arrive.
  • Keep expensive items out of direct sight so that they are not immediately visible if your bag is opened. Nobody likes losing an iPad to a pesky thief!
  • Packing cubes are also a great option.

Remember that in addition to being able to handle all of your travel health needs, Passport Health is always here for other helpful travel-related tips too (even packing advice!). If you have any questions about traveling safe, feel free to contact us via our website or by calling us at 1-888-499-PASS (7277).

The Flu Report: 10/17/14

Flu Near You Map - Week ending October 17th
Image courtesy of flunearyou.org. Click here to view the interactive map.

 

We finally have numbers from the first full week of October! What does this mean? That we are now officially in the flu season! It also means some of our CDC statistics have been reset. But, don’t worry! We’re here to help sort it all out.

Overview:

The first official week of flu season coverage shows that influenza infection rates are still down considerably around the nation. Region 4 (the American South) is showing the highest rate of flu infection according to both the CDC and FluNearYou.org with 64% of all flu cases located in this region. Flu near you shows about 1.6% of the national population with influenza while the CDC reports that 3.2% of the samples they have received have been positive (meaning 3.2% of samples from individuals that had visited their doctors). With flu still in it’s early stages there is still plenty of time to prepare by getting your flu vaccine.

By the Numbers:

In the United States, the CDC has reported:

  • Flu Cases (last three weeks) – 199
  • Flu-related Hospitalizations – No current data
  • Flu-related Deaths – 5.4% (0.6% under threshold)

NOTE: Flu cases, as referenced above, are confirmed cases in people who have gone to see medical professionals. Percentage estimates, referenced in the “Overview” section, include these documented cases from medical professionals but also a variety of other self-reported metrics.

As flu season progresses, more up to date information will become available.

Around the World:

Russia, Norway, Austria and Ukraine still have moderate flu activity according to Google Flu Trends. New Zealand has returned to being moderate while Mexico remains about ready to break the barrier into the moderate category. It would still appear that flu penetration is at lower levels globally.

Staying Healthy:

Our tip for this week: sleep well! A good night’s rest help’s the body reset itself and fight any infections that might be present. The less sleep that we get the more likely we are to contract a disease, especially something as commonplace as the flu. For each age group there is a different level of suggested sleep but eight hours per night is generally a good rule to go by. If you would like additional help, contact a Passport Health flu professional at 1-888-499-PASS (7277) and we’ll help you schedule your flu vaccination today.

The Flu Report is a weekly blog post designed to give updates on the spread of influenza throughout the year. It is posted every Friday and focuses on regional outbreaks, global spread and ways to avoid infection.

Why Am I So Tasty to Mosquitoes?

Mosquito on Skin

 

If you’ve ever wondered what makes you so tasty to mosquitoes compared to other friends and family members, you’re not alone. It’s not your imagination that some people are tastier to mosquitoes than others. While there are plenty of myths and urban legends about why some people get more mosquito bites than others, scientists have found real evidence about why you’re itchier than your pals.

Why Do Some People Get Lots of Mosquito Bites While Others Get None?

There are many myths about why and how mosquitoes choose their victims. The truth of the matter is that it’s not what you just ate, your blood type, the color of your shirt or your pregnant belly that’s making you so attractive to these buzzing insects. What’s more important are your size, smell and metabolism. Mosquitoes tend to choose larger targets, which means men more often than women and adults more often than children. Rapid breathing or higher metabolic rates also attract more mosquitoes. This is because higher metabolism and breathing mean a greater release of carbon dioxide, which mosquitoes are able to sense and hone in on. If you’ve recently been sweating or you’re wearing certain perfumes or colognes, these smells can also attract mosquitoes. Because personal scents and amount of sweating can be genetic, you may find that you and your brothers get bitten more than your friend and her sisters.

How Do Mosquitoes Find You?

Mosquitoes are able to detect carbon dioxide in the air. They fly toward the source, and in the outdoors during the summertime, humans are prolific generators of carbon dioxide with every breath. Once a mosquito finds you, it looks for bare skin with a minimum amount of hair such as around your ankles. Surprisingly, mosquitoes can even detect which clothes you’ve recently worn. They are particularly attracted to the stinkiest of clothes like the socks and sweaty shoes you wore all day and left by the front porch.

Are Mosquito Bites Dangerous?

Unfortunately, the same mosquitoes that bite you are the ones that carry potentially deadly diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya. These diseases can be painful, debilitating and costly not only to your pocketbook but to healthcare systems and governments, especially in tropical areas with scant resources for prevention and medical treatment. In rare cases, intense scratching of itchy mosquito bites can lead to an infection in the skin even if the mosquito didn’t inject you with any virus, parasites or bacteria.

How to Protect Yourself Against Mosquito Bites

If you’re a frequent entree on the mosquito menu, you just need to take a few moments to protect yourself from bites. Even if you only occasionally get a mosquito bite, it’s best to prevent them, so you can reduce your risk of the deadly diseases that mosquitoes may be carrying. Passport Health travel health specialists recommend using a mosquito repellant that contains DEET. Wearing pants and shirts with long sleeves to keep as much of your skin covered as possible also helps to prevent mosquito bites. Limit the time you spend outside between dusk and dawn as these are the primary hours during which the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are active. Dump out standing water from flower pots and other containers around your property. Protect yourself with mosquito netting and medications if traveling overseas to areas with endemic malaria.

Are mosquitoes drawn to you? Tell us about it below!

Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Prevent Mosquito Bites
CNN: 5 Mosquito Myths
Smithsonian: Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?
Phys.org: Scientists Describe How Mosquitoes Are Attracted to Humans

Missed Opportunities to Receive the HPV Vaccine Could Lead to Serious Health Problems

Healthy Teens

 

A recent study released by Pediatrics has shown that while vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV) is highly recommended many individuals are not receiving the necessary protection because many doctors were not making the needed recommendation. Of those surveyed, 44% said that their children had not been vaccinated because no physician had offered to do so.

“The most common reason for non-vaccination,” says the article, “was never being offered the vaccine (44%); many stated they would have accepted the vaccine if offered.” In some cases parents would opt to delay the vaccination due to their child’s age. However, Pediatrics notes that this generally led to no vaccination at all. “Most providers and parents who delayed vaccination at age 11 or 12 years did so with the intention that the child would receive the vaccine later. In many cases, however, vaccination never occurred.”

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and is so common that nearly all sexual active men and women get it at some point in their lives. The virus is spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex and can be passed when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. Anyone who is sexually active can contract the HPV and symptoms may not develop until years later making it difficult to know when one first became infected.

Usually, HPV goes away on its own but, in some cases, it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer. Vaccination is highly recommended. However, according to the Pediatrics study, most doctors and parents felt the vaccine was unnecessary to even suggest due to age or lack of sexual activity. “HPV could lead to more serious health issues down the line,” says Vicki Sowards, Director of Nursing Resources for Passport Health, “Even if a person isn’t sexually active yet it is still recommended that they be vaccinated. Boys and girls, men and women, it’s important that everyone know the risks and takes the necessary precautions to prevent problems later in life.”

The HPV vaccination provides lifelong protection meaning that boys and girls 12-years and older should be vaccinated whether they are sexually active or not. The CDC estimates that about 79 million Americans are infected with HPV and that 14 million more are infected each year. About 21,000 HPV-related cancers could be prevented annually by simply vaccinating against the virus.

To find Passport Health locations as well as travel health information, please visit www.passporthealthusa.com, or call 1-877-499-PASS(7277).

Don’t Let a Gluten Allergy Derail Your Vacation!

Travelers eating fruit

 

For some people, a gluten-free diet isn’t just a fad, it’s a lifestyle. Celiac disease affects one in every one-hundred people and can suck the fun out of traveling to exotic destinations. But, you can’t just let a pesky wheat allergy get between you and a dream trip! Here are our Ten Tips for going gluten-free.

1) Pick the right room – Finding something to eat that is gluten-free can sometimes be dicey overseas. There may not be anywhere around where you can find something to eat that you can be sure is okay. Having a little kitchenette in your hotel room can help with this problem. You might spend a little more, but it will be well worth it in the long run.

2) Don’t go it alone – A gluten allergy can be a little embarrassing. Sometimes, people get offended if they offer you something and you refuse. Avoid this problem by letting everyone know that you have a problem. Don’t be afraid to tell friends, family and whoever else might be around that you have some dietary restrictions. It will make everyone’s trip much more enjoyable, especially yours!

3) Beware the snack attack! – Finding gluten-free snacks can be tough, especially if you are in a foreign country. One of the best options is to bring an extra suitcase with your favorite gluten-free foods to enjoy while you’re away. It will help you stay healthy, and, if you get a little homesick, it will help in that department too.

4) Call ahead – When it comes to restaurants, you never know what you might be getting into. This is why you should bring snacks and have a kitchen available. But, what can help even more is calling ahead and finding restaurants that can suit your needs. In countries where you don’t speak the language, this can be hard. Luckily, most restaurants have websites, and there is a little program called Google Translate to help you find a gluten-free option almost anywhere.

5) Don’t fear the waiter – If you end up going to a random restaurant, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Many celiac societies offer pre-printed allergy cards in the language of the country to which you will be traveling. For a nominal fee, you can cross that ever difficult divide and not leave your stomach lost in translation.

6) Go ethnic! – Local fare can be just as gluten-free as those snacks in your suitcase! Many places use much less wheat in their diets than we do in ours in North America. Feel free to try something new but…

7) Know where you’re going – A baguette might be new to you, but it still has wheat in it. Do your research before you travel to find out what you can and can’t eat. For example, in Peru, you should be fine having almost any cuisine, with the exception of aji de gallina which sometimes uses a wheat-based product in its sauce.

8) Ask around – Depending on where you are going, there may be a celiac support group in the area. If there is, go ahead and ask them where to eat and where not to eat. The hotel concierge can also help. Unless you’re going to the deep Amazon or a remote island in the Pacific, you probably aren’t the first gluten-free person to have a few questions.

9) Watch for contamination! – Just because that local snack looks good doesn’t mean that it is going to feel good in a few hours. Be sure to check labels and do everything you’d normally do when coming across a new food. Additionally, be careful of which restaurant you chose to go to. Cross-contamination can be just as much a problem as a Mexican wedding cookie.

10) Have fun! – We can’t stress this enough! – Just because you have an allergy doesn’t mean you should be the bubble boy or girl. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but always be safe! You’re going to be on vacation, so relax and enjoy. Just don’t forget to send us a postcard before you leave your happy place!

For more information and support for your unique travel health needs, feel free to visit our website at passporthealthusa.com or schedule an appointment by calling 1-888-499-PASS.

What challenges and solutions do you face with your gluten allergies or other food sensitivities? Tell us about them below!

The Flu Report: 10/10/2014

Flu Near You Map - Week ending October 10th
Image courtesy of flunearyou.org. Click here to view the interactive map.

 

While news on tuberculosis, Ebola and polio have been filling up newscasts this week, influenza has been having a growing impact around the US as well. Find out how much it has grown and what you can do to prevent the flu in this week’s Flu Report!

Overview:

Once again, we have a very light week in terms of reported flu activity. While no hospitalization data is yet available, note that flu-related deaths are trackable using the CDC’s pneumonia and influenza index which calculates the estimated percentage of deaths due to both diseases. The epidemic threshold is set at 6%, meaning that, for now, influenza is not considered to be an epidemic this season.

Across the country, flu cases are on a slight upward swing with about 30 more cases than last week being reported. The CDC’s estimated percentage of the population that has the flu still sits at 1.1%, meaning that the flu is not spreading nearly as much as it could be. Flu website FluNearYou.org, which works off self-reported data from site users, shows the Northwestern United States as being the hardest hit region with 3.9% of the population reporting illness. It is interesting to compare this to CDC data that shows this to be the least impacted region with only 0.3% of the population affected. The vast difference could be from over-reporting by users on the website or a lesser amount of people seeing medical professionals about their flu-like symptoms (CDC data comes from reported cases by medical professionals). Either way, it is an interesting statistic.

By the Numbers*:

In the United States, the CDC has reported:

  • Flu Cases – 96
  • Flu-related Hospitalizations – No current data
  • Flu-related Deaths** – 5.7%

*Flu cases, as referenced above, are confirmed cases in people who have gone to see medical professionals. Percentage estimates, referenced in the “Overview” section, include these documented cases from medical professionals but also a variety of other self-reported metrics.

**CDC does not know exactly how many people die from seasonal flu each year. CDC uses two categories of underlying cause of death information listed on death certificates: pneumonia and influenza (P&I) causes and respiratory and circulatory (R&C) causes. CDC uses statistical models with records from these two categories to make estimates of influenza-associated mortality. The CDC has set the epidemic threshold at 6%.

As flu season progresses, more up to date information will become available.

Around the World:

Russia remains the nation with the highest flu activity while Ukraine, Austria and Norway are the only nations listed as having moderate activity. Most of the northern hemisphere is experiencing rising activity with many nations sitting on the border between mild and moderate levels of flu activity.

Staying Healthy:

Our tip for this week: Don’t be afraid to see your doctor! Influenza can start simply enough, but it is a virus that can develop into a serious health problem as well. If you are not feeling well and don’t seem to be getting better, seeing a medical professional might be in your best interest. As always, vaccination is key in preventing the disease, but, if you do get sick, be sure to seek medical help if conditions do not improve. For additional help contact a Passport Health flu professional at 1-888-499-PASS (7277) and we’ll help you schedule your flu vaccination today.

The Flu Report is a weekly blog post designed to give updates on the spread of influenza throughout the year. It is posted every Friday and focuses on regional outbreaks, global spread and ways to avoid infection.

Travel Trends Show Need for CDC Ebola Screenings at Airports

Airport Screening

 

A new trend in travel is showing that the Centers for Disease Control’s initiative to screen passengers at five international airports is a positive measure.

The number of clients that Passport Health sees going to West Africa has dropped 67% for the month of September, and this statistic has been in overall decline for most of the third-quarter. The two countries impacted most are Guinea and Liberia, to which travel has declined 66.5% and 44%, respectively, over the last two months. In other words, far fewer US residents are making a trip to West Africa, in light of the health situation there.

“We feel the CDC is taking the necessary precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of Ebola,” says Melanie Kohr, Vice-President of Clinic Operations for Passport Health. “With travel to and from Africa on the decline for Western tourists, these testing measures will be very helpful in identifying anyone with the disease while not stalling air travel to the region or causing delays that could hurt domestic air travel. It’s about striking a balance, and the CDC seems to be doing it well.”

The CDC plans to test the temperature of everyone coming into the five airports that have been shown to service almost 95% of travelers from West Africa in hopes that they will be able to identify anyone already showing symptoms of the virus before it is able to spread and potentially infect people in the United States.

The five airports instituting screenings are: JFK in New York and New Jersey’s Newark, Chicago’s O’Hare, Washington Dulles and Atlanta’s Hartsfield airports.

While Passport Health will not be involved in the screening process, the company was a first responder to the 2001 Anthrax attacks and has participated in numerous vaccine trials and public health initiatives, including FluFree.com which helps educate users about the flu and bolster immunization rates.

Ebola is a highly dangerous virus that can produce symptoms anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure. It causes fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, and it can lead to death. The first case of the virus in the United States was documented in Dallas, TX, just a few weeks ago. No other cases have been confirmed. This outbreak of the virus originated in the jungles of Western Africa, and the current outbreak has infected more than 7,500 people and killed nearly half of them.

For more information on Ebola and what you can do to prevent it in your travels, contact a Passport Health Travel Specialist via our website or by calling 1-888-499-PASS (7277).

Eliminate Dengue Fever with…Mosquitoes?

Swarm of Mosquitoes

 

Brazil is taking a radical step forward in eliminating its dengue fever problem: releasing thousands of mosquitos. But, before you think that the country has lost its mind, know that these aren’t regular mosquitos. The British biotech firm Oxitec has genetically modified the bugs to prevent them from spreading the disease.

Oxitec’s plan is simple. The genetically modified strain is male only, and these mosquitoes will seek out a female mate. Their offspring inherit the genes that ensure they cannot spread dengue fever. These offspring die before reaching maturity. Perhaps even more interesting is that the strain contains a gene that leaves a florescent marker on the mosquito, so researchers can easily track the spread of the strain.

The hope is that enough mosquitos will find mates and be able to create enough dengue fever free offspring to reduce the number of cases throughout the country. As of now, Brazil is the international leader in dengue fever cases.

Trials have shown that the release of the dengue-free males into areas have greatly reduced the population of mosquitos and, in some cases, have even eliminated mosquitoes from the area.

Brazil is the first nation to allow the release of these genetically modified mosquitoes, but successful trials have been carried out in varying locations throughout the world. Brazilian officials are hoping to lower the number of dengue fever cases before the Olympics are held there in 2016. India is also currently working with Oxitec to produce a similar program.

No studies show what the long-term effects of these types of programs could be on ecosystems, but it is certain that they will help curtail dengue fever in the short term. There is also the exciting possibility of using this methodology to reduce the spread of malaria.

Dengue fever is a disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos. It can be fatal if untreated, and it affects as many as 400 million people annually, according to CDC estimates.

For more information on dengue fever and what you can do to prevent it in your travels, contact a Passport Health Travel Specialist via our website or by calling 1-888-499-PASS (7277).

Rare Strain of Enterovirus Affecting Children in the US

Health Active Children

 

If you have been following the news, you may have heard of a recent outbreak of a specific enterovirus, D68, which has been making waves in the health community. According to the CDC, enteroviruses are very common viruses causing intense cold-like infections in 10 to 15 million people each year. However, it is this specific, rare strain that has been causing severe respiratory illnesses and even deaths in children in the US this year. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has cropped up every year with documented cases, but causing concern this year as an unprecedented number of children are being admitted to the hospital for treatment. Read on to learn more about this strain and how you can keep your family healthy!

Enterovirus D68 – The Details

EV-D68 is one of more than 100 strains of non-polio enteroviruses, causing mild to severe respiratory illness. Mild symptoms include runny nose, fever, coughing, sneezing and body aches. More severe symptoms, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing, may also be present. The virus is found in an infected person’s saliva or nasal secretions, and is spread by person-to-person contact (sneezing, coughing, or touching a contaminated surface).

The enterovirus season hits a peak in September, after which it declines in the fall months. There is no specific treatment for enteroviruses. Mild symptoms are managed with over-the-counter medications, and severe symptoms may require hospital care. Most people recover well from enteroviruses.

Who is At Risk?

Typically, infants, children, and teenagers are at greatest risk. This is because they haven’t developed immunity to previous exposures to these viruses. From this recent outbreak, health officials have also identified children with existing respiratory illnesses – such as asthma – to have higher chances of developing the more severe symptoms of EV-D68. Adults that contract the enterovirus will often have mild to no symptoms.

EV-D68 can only be diagnosed from specific lab tests. Many hospitals can test for enterovirus infections, but only the CDC and other health departments can test for specific strains, like EV-D68. Only children with severe respiratory distress and confirmed enterovirus infection will be further tested to find out if they are carrying this particular strain.

What We Know About the Recent Outbreak

Starting in mid-August to October 3, the CDC has confirmed a total of 538 people in 43 states to have contracted EV-D68. It seems that this strain is the predominant one this season, which is puzzling to health officials as it hasn’t caused widespread (and severe) illness prior to this year. Missouri and Illinois were the first states to document the increase in severe respiratory illnesses caused by EV-D68. Almost all of the confirmed cases of EV-D68 have been children, many of which have a history of asthma. The CDC and local health departments are continuing to investigate the deaths of four children, most likely from EV-D68; samples have been taken for testing and the investigation is ongoing.

Staying Healthy

The start of the new school year is likely playing a role in the spread of the enterovirus. Encourage your children to wash their hands with soap, cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing with a shirt sleeve (not hands), and avoid those that are sick. Additionally, if your children are unwell, keep them at home to prevent further spread of illnesses. Ensure that children with asthma have their inhalers close at hand and monitor them for exacerbated wheezing. If your child develops severe respiratory symptoms, especially wheezing, take him or her to your physician for a visit.

If you are traveling domestically with your children and want to stay up-to-date on this outbreak or have other health questions/concerns, be sure to visit your local Passport Health clinic!

What are your thoughts on the EV-D68 outbreak? Let us know in the comment section below!

Sources:
ABC News: Respiratory Virus Hits Kids
CDC: Enterovirus Overview
CDC: EV-D68 Outbreak in the US
CNN: Virus sends hundreds to hospital

You Can Do Good Globally: A Kit for the CURE

Traveler's bags

 

Project CURE (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) has impacted millions of lives across the globe, bringing much needed medical equipment to clinics and doctors with depleted supplies in impoverished countries. As one of the 20 most cost-effective nonprofit organizations in the United States, Project CURE has aided individuals in more than 130 countries. Not only does the organization ship cargo containers full of medical supplies overseas, but it also offers individual travelers the opportunity to do some global good as well.

Project CURE has taken advantage of travel being such a booming industry by allowing travelers headed to developing countries to take CURE Kit along with them. One kit contains supplies that are critical to enhancing the health of under-privileged regions of the world, and these kits are pre-packed and are delivered ready-for-travel to those going to underserved countries.

The kit comes in a sturdy, 18”x18x18” box and meets international travel regulations. However, it’s recommended to unpack the box and put the supplies and equipment in a sturdy, rolling duffel bag because the contents of the kit weighs approximately 48lbs. If required at customs, a donation letter is included in the kit as well. Once in the hands of the traveler, the contents of the kit are not to be sold and must be designated for use in foreign countries. A $200 handling fee is required for the attaining and storing the kit, and ground shipping is included in the final cost.

Here’s how to order a kit:

  1. Submit your request at least three weeks before departure
  2. Make $200 donation by clicking on link mentioned above or by sending a check to:
    Project C.U.R.E.
    10377 E. Geddes Ave., Ste. 200
    Centennial, CO 80112-3740
    Attn: C.U.R.E. Kits

  3. You’re all set and ready to go! Everything will be handled from there!

    Here’s a personal testimonial from Penny, who purchased a CURE kit and traveled with her husband to Fiji:

    Do you ever wonder what happens to all the supplies that we send to Project Cure? My husband Bill and I just returned from a vacation trip to Fiji and decided to bring a Cure Kit along with us… The clinic where we dropped these off is on a very remote island in Northwestern Fiji that is only accessible by foot or boat. The lone nurse on the island, Miliana, is responsible for over 3000 residents as the physician left recently and has yet to be replaced. The one room clinic was sparsely supplied as she had not received a shipment from the government in a while. We arrived by boat into the village wearing our sulus, which is the polite dress for visits. Mliiana was shy but amazed and delighted with our donation and we filled the table (behind us in the photo) with all of the supplies. For days afterward, the staff at the resort where we were staying kept telling us how happy Miliana was and how much the whole island would benefit from the donations. I cannot begin to tell you how good it felt to know that all of us here at CBCI helped out these wonderful people! So, a great big Vinaka Vakalevu (Fijian “thank you very much”) to all of you for making this possible!

    What an impact a CURE kit can make! As a result of this donation, Miliana was able to care for the 3,000 residents of the island more comfortably than she was able to before Penny and her husband visited, and Penny has a memory that will last a lifetime!

    Project CURE also has program titled “Kits for Kids”, in which kits are shipped across the globe to parents who are not otherwise capable of taking their sick children to a hospital, which may be a long journey by bicycle, bus, or even by foot. Not all medical clinics are right down the road, and so kits containing basic medicine cabinets like these help parents keep their children healthy. More information on Kits for Kids and how to contribute can be found at this site.

    If you are traveling to an impoverished country, consider purchasing a CURE kit to give to the medical teams in those countries. Remember, although providing for others is always rewarding, taking care of yourself is important as well. Be sure to visit a travel medicine specialist 4-6 weeks prior to your to ensure you stay healthy and well for the good work you will do!