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Availability of Medicine in Africa

Old Mar 4th 2013, 4:30 pm
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Hi all!

I am considering taking a 2 year post in some developing country (the country has not been confirmed but most likely it will be an African country). I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis at quite a young age (i'm 24) and am now taking 3 types of medication which i currently have on repeat prescription, lasting 2 months at a time.

My questions are:
- would such medicines as Calcium supplements (v.high dosage) and Alendronic acid be prescribed without a prescription?
- how easy is it to get such medicines from local suppliers in Africa? of course this will be very dependent on country..
- also how much they may cost in Africa?

any information related to the above would be highly appreciated!

Many Thanks!
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Old Mar 5th 2013, 7:19 am
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Well it woud help if you knew the country you were going to!! I'm in Ghana and recently got everything I needed to treat a peptic ulcer. I was also able to get more of one type of the meds without another prescription. I can't speak for anywhere else but in Accra, Ghana I would imagine you would get whatever you need.
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Old Mar 5th 2013, 1:54 pm
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Originally Posted by sehrsyed
Hi all!

I am considering taking a 2 year post in some developing country (the country has not been confirmed but most likely it will be an African country). I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis at quite a young age (i'm 24) and am now taking 3 types of medication which i currently have on repeat prescription, lasting 2 months at a time.

My questions are:
- would such medicines as Calcium supplements (v.high dosage) and Alendronic acid be prescribed without a prescription?
- how easy is it to get such medicines from local suppliers in Africa? of course this will be very dependent on country..
- also how much they may cost in Africa?

any information related to the above would be highly appreciated!

Many Thanks!
I spent some time in Uganda and most medicines were available. It may cost you rather a lot. Your own doctor in the UK may be able to give you a much longer prescription to start you off if you were going to do voluntary job.( or even not) There is a large wholesale supplier in Kampala ( forget the name at the moment) which supplies all the various missionary hospitals around the country. Once you know where you are going it will be easier for people to advise.
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Africa is very diverse. You have to be more specific.
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