We are often asked about Malaria precautions prior to travel in Indonesia. Our ability to control Malaria on the island continues to expand through the efforts of The Sumba Foundation, with clinics and education. Mosquitos are most present during the rainy season than during the dry season. At Nihi Sumba, our year-round ULV fogging is very effective against mosquito nuisance, and we offer repellents all over the property. We recommend wearing a light and loose long sleeved shirt and similar pants at night. Our rooms have mosquito nets and are safely sprayed daily by our housekeeping staff. For further peace of mind, please consult your physician about Malaria medication in advance. Dr. Claus Bogh, Health Program Director for The Sumba Foundation, recommends two types of malaria prophylaxis:
Malarone: One tablet a day for adults, starting two days before departure and continue for seven days after arriving home. There is a pediatric version for children, please ask your family physician.
Side effects: Sometimes vivid dreams and blisters on the tongue may occur if taken for more than 3 weeks.
This is by far the most common malaria prevention recommended in the States and EU.
Doxycycline: 100 mg per day for adults, starting two days before departure and until 3 weeks after arriving home.
Pediatric dose: Safe for children above 8 years of age. Please ask your family physician as it depends on the child’s weight.
Side effects: Sun sensitivity and stomach pain may occur.
This drug is less expensive and has the benefit of protecting against some bacterial infections such as salmonella and campylobacter (stomach infections).
We are committed to ensuring you the most comfortable stay possible, so please let us know if you are interested in learning more about Malaria.