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Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis)

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Recently we have been receiving many inquiries related to a national eradication programme of Lymphatic Filariasis ( LF), a chronic condition that can result in Elephantiasis. This is an advanced stage of the illness whereby body parts such as the limbs and the genitals can become irreversibly swollen due to disturbed drainage of the lymph vessels in the skin.

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The stresses of living away from home

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Culture shock is brought on by the anxiety that results from losing all our familiar signs and symbols of social intercourse. These signs or cues include the thousand and one ways in which we orient ourselves to the situations of everyday life: when to shake hands and what to say when we meet people, how to give orders, when to take statements seriously or not. These cues, which may be words, gestures, facial expressions, customs or norms, are acquired by all of us in the course of growing up and are as much a part of culture as the language we speak or the belief we accept. All of us depend for our peace of mind and our efficiency on hundreds of these cues, most of which we are not consciously aware of.

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Health in Tanzania

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These notes are intended to supplement the health information you may have been given before departure. It gives information on some of the common health problems in Tanzania, preventive measures you can take, where to seek treatment, and what to do in an emergency.

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Emergencies and evacuation

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Emergencies and evacuation
The IST Clinic can assist in medical emergency situations as well as medical evacuations.

For emergency transport and ambulance services the IST Clinic works closely with Knight Support Paramedic Ambulances Service, based in Dar es Salaam and Arusha.

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