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some specific questions about Bujumbura

by panarob Online Now Aug 6, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I'm a student in Brussels and normally i'm leaving for Bujumbura end of september 2009. I'm going (on my own without support) to study there at a private university for 10-13 months.

because it's not easy to find info about bujumbura I thought I better tried my luck here. I allready know it's not the safest place on earth but that will probebly not make it less of an experience for me.

- because I'm just a normal student staying at a (expensive) hotel is not really an option, is there annybody who might have an idea if it's possible to find somewhere to stay for max 200 euro/270 dollar per month which has at least a bathroom and safety?

- should I be extremely carefull with malaria and take medication the whole trip(this is VERY expensive) or would it be ok to do this just the first months and afterwards just be carefull and use a mosquitonet?

If there is someone who can help me out it would be a great help.

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    Re: some specific questions about Bujumbura

    by ricky52 Online Now Aug 6, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Mosquitoes, Malaria and Dengue Fever.

    This is a question that appears quite a lot here on VT.
    You will hear from people who never take any kind of medication.
    You will hear from those who do.

    May I suggest that you contact your own doctor, practice nurse or travel clinic and ask for their advice?
    If they recommend that you use some form of medication, get them to recommend the treatment.
    You may find that some treatments you make you ill, if so, ask the doctor for an alternative.

    Different anti malaria medication effects different people in different ways, what is good for one person is not always good for another. You won't know this until you have tried a particular medicine.

    Also you must remember that any anti malaria treatment MUST start before you reach the country you are visiting.

    At present, there is no cure for Dengue Fever.
    Unlike the mosquitoes that cause malaria, dengue mosquitoes bite during the day.

    Is prevention better than the cure?
    Of course it is.
    DEET based products are the most effective way of repelling mosquitoes.
    Available in different forms and strengths, users should always read the instructions carefully

    “I will only be there 3 or 4 days, do I really need to take the medicine”
    It does not matter, if it is an infected area, 3 or 4 minutes is all it takes to get Malaria.

    Either way, you can return from your holiday with some great photographs, a sun tan and good memories or in a body bag.
    The choice is yours.

    True fact: - Malaria has killed more than half the people who have EVER lived.

    This reply may appear to be a little melodramatic and over the top.
    IT IS MEANT TO BE.
    Too much irresponsible and bad information is given out over forums regarding the mosquito and its potential to kill.

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  • Re: some specific questions about Bujumbura

    by panarob Online Now Aug 6, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    tnx a lot for the explenation, I allready went to a specialised doctor in tropical healthcare so some of those things were allready pointed out for me. I did take all the necesarry injections only malaria is the thing she couldn't really help me with. She said I should ask someboddy who has been there. I will take a big enough supply of tablets with me for a few months and after that I can still see what people around me do to prevent themselves from malaria in Bujumbura.
    hopefully someboddy else can help me out with the housing problem.

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    Re: some specific questions about Bujumbura

    by ricky52 Online Now Aug 6, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Good luck and be safe.

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    Re: some specific questions about Bujumbura

    by sphynxxs Online Now Aug 19, 2009 at 1:08 AM

    I would not worry too much about safety, as the last rebel group has joined the peace talks last year the civil war is really not an item any longer. There is street crime, though, so use cabs after dark in Bujumbura. I stayed at a small hotel right in the center of bujumbura that charges between 15 and 40 (depends on whether the rooms have air condition etc or not) a night, maybe they have long term offers? otherwise, as there are quite a lot of UN people and NGOs in Burundi, maybe you can find someone who is looking for a roommate - try the usual intern boards on the net.

    As for malaria prophylaxis - you will stay for quite a long time, and taking medicine over such a period is not only expensive, but can damage your kidneys and liver. I would advise you to get yellow fever, typhus and Hep shots, but otherwise sleep under a net, use repellents etc when it comes to malaria. Just be sure to take a test or see a doctor as soon as you have a fever or other symptoms that might be malaria

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