The African Society of Venimology (ASV) was established in 2012 in Cotonou, Benin.
It brings together a hundred experts, practitioners, researchers from all disciplines (herpetology, epidemiology, pharmacology, clinical research, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, etc.) from thirty African countries (Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Swaziland, Chad, Togo, DR Congo, Tunisia), but also to other continents (Germany, Brazil, France, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, USA).

The ASV aims at:

  1. Bringing together all persons or entities doing business within the various areas of toxinology and promote exchanges between them;
  2. Disseminating any information concerning the scientific discipline;
  3. Contributing to the continuing education of its members through conferences, workshops, expert meetings and so on;
  4. Improving the practice of discipline in all member countries.

During its 2015 congress in Abidjan, Ivory Coast,
SAV defined a strategy to improve the accessibility of antivenoms

– Better knowledge of region-specific needs through accurate epidemiological studies;
– Training medical staff to optimize the antivenom treatment;
– Promoting good quality antivenoms combining efficiency, safety and stability to tropical temperatures;
– funding support through equalization of charges on behalf of stakeholders (governments, private employers especially agricultural firms, health insurance, etc.) to mutualize the costs.

May 2017
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