Daily Archives: May 26, 2016

La Société africaine de Venimologie réussit là où d’autres ont échoué

Des corrections au niveau local endiguent la pénurie subsaharienne en sérums antivenimeux

MADRID, 26 mai 2016 /PRNewswire/ — INOSAN BIOPHARMA félicite la Société africaine de Venimologie (SAV) pour sa détermination et ses efforts fructueux visant à briser le cercle vicieux des blessures par venin de serpent et de scorpion en Afrique.

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6th International Conference on Envenomations by Snake Bites & Scorpions Stings in Africa. Abidjan 2015, ASV Organizing Committee and Inosan’s Juan Silanes CEO.

La SAV a été créée en 2012, en réponse aux besoins spécifiques des scientifiques et professionnels de la santé africains, suite au soutien appuyé d’experts en venimologie de 13 pays pour une meilleure épidémiologie, de meilleures études cliniques, formation et programmes nationaux de gestion de piqûres de serpent et de scorpion. Les études menées par les membres de la SAV ont démontré que la pénurie chronique en sérums antivenimeux dans la région subsaharienne était attribuable au peu d’information disponibles sur les besoins, aux faiblesses en termes d’infrastructure et à la perte de confiance due à des années d’expérience avec des produits antivenimeux inadéquats.

Les scientifiques et médecins membres de la SAV ont décidé de briser le cercle vicieux en mobilisant les secteurs privés et publics. Ensemble, ils ont lancé des études épidémiologiques, formé du personnel médical, promu des sérums antivenimeux sûrs et adéquats, et amélioré l’accès à des soins de qualité à tous les niveaux. Cette semaine, ils sont à l’Assemblée mondiale de la Santé à Genève (Suisse) afin de partager leurs résultats avec le monde.

« Aujourd’hui, la SAV forme un panel d’experts qui se réunissent régulièrement et peuvent aider les autorités selon les besoins », déclarait Jean-Philippe Chippaux, un représentant de l’Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, qui mène des études cliniques et épidémiologiques et est basé au Bénin. « Des sérums antivenimeux adéquats, lyophilisés pour meilleure stabilité thermique et purifiés pour plus de sécurité, sont désormais enregistrés dans au moins 15 pays et disponibles dans de nombreuses centres de soins ».

« La stratégie proactive a commencé à porter ses fruits », déclarait Achille Massougbodji, président de la SAV. « Enfin, le cercle vicieux a commencé à se transformer en cercle vertueux, avec une augmentation de la distribution et de l’usage de sérums antivenimeux au Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Ghana, Guinée, Kenya, Sénégal et Togo. Les cas sont désormais couramment signalés dans au moins 5 pays membres. Et les gouvernements du Burkina Faso, Cameroun et Togo, tous subventionnent le traitement, afin que les docteurs puissent administrer de meilleurs sérums antivenimeux, à plus de personnes et plus rapidement que par le passé ».

INOSAN BIOPHARMA est fier d’avoir travaillé en étroite collaboration avec les membres de la SAV depuis le début, afin de développer de nouveaux sérums antivenimeux sûrs et efficaces qui ont désormais été testé sur le terrain dans l’ensemble de la région. Les produits INOSAN de traitement des blessures par venin de serpent et de scorpion sont utilisés dans plus de 20 pays en Afrique, et nous sommes ravis d’avoir pu pourvoir aux besoins de tout le continent, durant l’escale rapide de la demande.

« Il apparaît clairement que seuls des experts africains peuvent résoudre les problèmes locaux en Afrique », déclarait Juan Silanes, le président de Inosan Biopharma.

INOSAN est une firme pharmaceutique tournée vers l’innovation et leader mondial dans le développement de l’immunothérapie. Pour plus d’information, veuillez consulter notre site internet inosanbiopharma.com ou contactezinfo@inosanbiopharma.com .

African Society of Venimology Succeeds Where Others Have Failed

Local-level corrections turn the tide on the sub-Saharan antivenom shortage

MADRID, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — INOSAN BIOPHARMA congratulates the African Society of Venimology (ASV) for their determined and successful efforts toward breaking the vicious circle of snake and scorpion venom injury in Africa.

6th International Conference on Envenomations by Snake Bites & Scorpions Stings in Africa. Abidjan 2015, ASV Organizing Committee and Inosan’s Juan Silanes CEO.

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The ASV was formed in 2012, in recognition of the specific needs of African scientists and health-care professionals, after a poll of 13 countries’ venom experts showed strong support for improved epidemiology, clinical studies, training, and national snakebite and scorpion sting management programs. Studies conducted by ASV members demonstrated that the ongoing sub-Saharan antivenom shortage was attributable to limited information about local needs, infrastructural weaknesses, and loss of confidence based on years of experience with inadequate antivenom products.

ASV member doctors and scientists determined to break the vicious circle through mobilization of the private and public sectors. Together they launched epidemiology studies, trained healthcare personnel, promoted safe, appropriate antivenoms, and improved access to proper care at all levels. This week, they are at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, to share the results with the world.

“Today, the ASV forms a panel of experts who meet regularly and can help the authorities as needed,” said Jean-Philippe Chippaux, a representative of the French Institute for Research and Development, who conducts clinical and epidemiological studies and is based in Benin. “Appropriate antivenoms, lyophilized for heat stability and purified for safety, are now registered in at least 15 countries and available in many health care facilities.”

“The proactive strategy has begun to bear fruit,” said Achille Massougbodji, President of ASV. “At last the vicious circle has begun to change to a virtuous circle, with increased distribution and use of appropriate antivenom in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Senegal and Togo. Cases are now routinely reported in at least five member countries. And the governments of Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Togo are all subsidizing treatment, so doctors can deliver better antivenoms, to more people, faster than in the past.”

INOSAN BIOPHARMA is proud to have worked closely with ASV members since the beginning, to develop safe, effective new antivenoms that have now been field tested across the region. INOSAN’s products for treatment of snake and scorpion venom injury are used in over 20 countries in Africa, and we are pleased to have been able to fulfill all requests in the continent, during a rapid escalation in demand.

“It seems clear that local problems in Africa can only be solved by African experts,” said Juan Silanes, President of Inosan Biopharma.

INOSAN is an innovation-oriented pharmaceutical company leading the world in the development of immunotherapeutics. For more information, see our website, find us on the web at inosanbiopharma.com or send an inquiry to info@inosanbiopharma.com

Kenya: Uhuru to Stage War Against Ivory Trade in South Africa

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will be taking the fight against trade in ivory to South Africa, a nation that is strongly opposed to destruction of illegal ivory stockpiles.

He said this move will be one of the many steps Kenya has taken “to secure a sustainable and resilient planet.”

“Our stand against poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products is a critical part of our environmental conservation efforts,” he said on Thursday while addressing a high-level segment of the 2016 United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) at the UN offices in Gigiri.

Last month Kenya torched 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.3 tonnes of rhino horn, representing more than 8000 elephants and about 1000 rhinos.

South Africa will in October host the 17th Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

President Kenyatta said he is willing to take the fight against trade in ivory and rhino horn to the nation which holds a divergent stance on the fight against poaching.

South Africa, unlike many other African countries, believes that legalizing the trade in ivory will drive down prices by increasing the supply of ivory. Lower prices mean less incentive to poach.

Also attending the second session of the UNEA conference was the UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, who commended the recent burning of ivory stockpiles.

“I must commend you, President, for this action,” he said, adding: “We should also be aware that powerful interests will not cede ground easily.”

Mr Eliasson acknowledged that the fight for sustainable environment will be an uphill climb, one that will require a lot of dismantling of “old traditions”.

“We must work in a much more integrated and horizontal way. The 2030 agenda recognizes the indivisible nature of the goals, this is encouraging. But we must redouble our efforts at prevention,” he said.

He noted that the USD20 billion spent every year in humanitarian emergency relief is a staggering amount compared to what would be spent in preventing environmental disasters due to human negligence.

Thursday is the last day of the second session of UNEA conference, which brought together hundreds of key decision makers, businesses and representatives of intergovernmental organisations and civil societies.

Several resolutions were passed at the conference, setting the stage for early action on the implementation of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Source: The Nation.

South Africa: Make Your Mark On 3 August

Cabinet has reminded all eligible voters to responsibly exercise their democratic rights on 3 August 2016.

At its regular meeting in Cape Town this week, Cabinet expressed its gratitude to all those voters who took the time to register and verify their details, to ensure that their name appears on the voters’ role, which is now closed.

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs David van Rooyen has gazetted and proclaimed the date of the local government elections, allowing for the commencement of the electoral processes in terms of the election timetable.

The announcement also closes the voter’s roll for registration to participate in the upcoming elections.

Addressing a Post Cabinet media briefing in Cape Town earlier today, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said Cabinet welcomed the signing of the Electoral Code of Conduct by political parties, pledging to abide by the rules and ensure that elections are free and fair.

“This demonstrates our maturing and deepening democracy,” he said.

With regard to protests in Vuwani, Limpopo, Cabinet commended the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee led by Minister van Rooyen and the provincial task team, to restore normality in the area, while noting that challenges continue in some parts.

“Government has worked tirelessly engaging communities in a bid to resolve issues and bringing services, including education back into operation. The provision of temporary classrooms has ensured the resumption of academic activities.

“Government again calls on communities and leaders to raise issues through channels and platforms which have been established to enable dialogue. This unprecedented action of holding the education of our children hostage is unacceptable,” Minister Radebe said.

Cabinet also commended all law enforcement agencies for the work done which resulted in the arrest of 34 individuals, who are suspected of participating in the destruction of 28 schools, who in effect shattered the future of those young people who are still utilising these much needed facilities.

“Cabinet commends those communities and civil society organisations who rolled up their sleeves to clean up and raise funds to reopen local schools.

“All parents, guardians and community members are requested to assist children to catch up with the scheduled work plan of the Department of Basic Education. The IMC will continue to engage with stakeholders and communities to ensure that the entire area is calm and returns to normality,” the minister said.

With regard to the Hammanskraal protests, Minister Radebe told the media that Cabinet deliberated on the protests in Hammanskraal and indicated that the Department of Human Settlements is leading an intervention in the area together with the Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, and the Executive Mayor of Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

“Cabinet regrets the death of two contractors involved in the Hammanskraal removals and expresses its sympathy with the families of the bereaved.

“Law enforcement agencies should redouble their efforts to find the killers and bring them to justice,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Gauteng MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Paul Mashatile announced the suspension of evictions and demolishing of shacks in the area.

MEC Mashatile visited the area, accompanied by the City of Tshwane Member of Mayoral Committee for Housing, Joshua Ngonyama, senior police officials and other municipal officials.

Prior to making the announcement, MEC Mashatile had a meeting with the community representatives, the chiefs and the city’s officials on a way forward in addressing the situation.

At the meeting, it was also agreed that a Steering Committee be formed comprising community representatives, City of Tshwane officials and officials from Co-operative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements.

According to MEC Mashatile, the committee will work with the community to ensure that they are all settled.

The committee is expected to convene on Friday.

The committee will as part of its responsibility visit the affected community and do shack marking.

Source: SAnews.gov.za.

Bethlehem Prisoner Begins Hunger Strike in Protest of Torture

A Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails has started a hunger strike in protest of being subjected to physical abuse, including torture, during and after his detention by the Israeli occupation forces.

Jacklin Fararjeh, an attorney with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), said that prisoner Malek Qadi, 19 years old from Bethlehem in the West Bank, declared an open-ended hunger strike in protest of being subjected to torture during his detention on May 23.

He told Fararjeh that at predawn on May 23, Israeli soldiers raided his family house handcuffed him for an hour. And whenever he tried to improve his sitting, the soldiers beat him up mercilessly.

Qadi was then moved to nearby Etzion military compound, where the soldiers handcuffed him back to a pole and began beating him while shouting loudly.

In 2014, a report by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem acknowledged that 105 torture methods are used against Palestinian detainees which are considered serious violations of human rights.

A UN human rights committee described the torture in Israeli prisons as “crossing the line”, noting that Israel’s brutal methods of torture included breaking backs, pulling fingers apart and twisting testicles.

Israeli intelligence bases their torture of detainees on the so-called secret guidelines that were approved in 1987, after the outbreak of the first Intifada. These guidelines allow them to apply “moderate” physical and psychological pressure on prisoners. This gives a legal cover to the torture practiced by Israeli intelligence agents.

In the last 10 years, interrogators have decreased their use of torture, moving away from physical torture and instead used harsh psychological methods that can leave enduring scars, while continuing to use direct physical torture of varying degrees.

Source: Wafa