Today is a day for frantic packing and last minute arrangements. Took my first Malarone tablet today. Malarone is an anti-malarial pill which we need need to take daily now until after a week of being back. Malaria is a significant problem in Sierra Leone causing many fatalities. A number of our Leonian friends have had it, and suffer from recurrent ‘shakes’ or fever. I think that the siting of our hotel will be in a relatively mosquito free area – it is the mosquitoes that pass the disease on through their bites – but I don’t want to take any risks. I also have a plug in mosquito deterrent device for night-time. Enough for now – time to get back to throwing things in a suitcase!

About Ben Quant

Ben is the former Chairman of the Sierra Leone Mission Committee in the UK, now serving as a co-opted member of the SLM, as well as the minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion church in Wormley, Hertfordshire (
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