Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group finalise l’acquisition de Cryotec Anlagenbau GmbH, à Wurzen, en Allemagne

TEMECULA, Californie, 07 févr. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (le « Groupe »), qui fait partie de Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japon), opérant sous Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (État-Unis d’Amérique), a finalisé l’acquisition de la société Cryotec Anlagenbau GmbH (Cryotec), située à Wurzen, Saxe, Allemagne. Le montant n’a pas été divulgué.

Société opérant dans l’ingénierie et la construction d’installations à l’échelle mondiale, Cryotec fournit des services de planification, gestion de projets, fabrication et ingénierie d’installations de liquéfaction et de séparation de l’air conteneurisées/montées sur plateforme, ainsi que des technologies axées sur le CO2 offrant des solutions personnalisées à ses clients.

Cryotec opèrera dans le cadre de l’installation GmbH du Groupe, basée à Neuchâtel-sur-le-Rhin, en Allemagne.

Le Groupe se compose de six unités commerciales fonctionnelles : Pompes cryogéniques, Systèmes d’échangeur de chaleur, Systèmes de processus, Ravitaillement et Solutions, Infrastructure énergétique et Service et projets stratégiques. Cryotec fera office de centre de compétence et de production de Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group en Europe.

« Nikkiso fera la promotion et la vente à l’échelle mondiale des solutions packagées intelligentes de Cryotec, qui réduisent et récupèrent les émissions de dioxyde de carbone et soutiennent davantage les objectifs de durabilité du Groupe. Cryotec disposera d’un accès complet aux technologies innovantes développées en Californie et ailleurs dans le Groupe Nikkiso et proposera des packages, des solutions et des stations localisés pour le LH2 (hydrogène liquide), le GNL (gaz naturel liquéfié), l’ammoniac et les applications de stockage d’énergie cryogénique en Allemagne et en Europe. Nous soutiendrons la croissance de Cryotec, en ajoutant des ressources et en accroissant nos activités de fabrication et d’assemblage en Saxe et en apportant des solutions Cryotec à l’Allemagne et au marché mondial », a déclaré Peter Wagner, PDG de Cryogenic Industries et président du Groupe.

Le ministre-président de Saxe, Michael Kretschmer, a déclaré : « L’acquisition de Cryotec Anlagenbau par Nikkiso renforce l’internationalisation d’une société traditionnelle de Wurzen, en Saxe. Nikkiso détient une expérience mondiale dans l’énergie renouvelable, l’hydrogène et le stockage d’énergie. Les énergies renouvelables et l’hydrogène vert jouent un rôle prédominant pour atteindre les objectifs énergétiques et climatiques en Saxe. L’État libre de Saxe est déjà un lieu important pour la recherche et l’application des technologies de l’hydrogène. Je suis ravi que Nikkiso apporte à l’avenir son expertise à la Saxe. »

« Nikkiso sera en mesure d’aider à la réalisation du projet ainsi qu’à la fourniture et à l’entretien de stations de remplissage d’hydrogène liquide et de GNL sur le marché européen », selon Ole Jensen, vice-président, Europe. « Cette acquisition représente notre engagement et notre soutien envers les objectifs de l’Union européenne pour devenir climatiquement neutres d’ici 2050. »

L’acquisition est entrée en vigueur le 3 février 2023.

À PROPOS DE Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group
Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group fait partie de la division industrielle de Nikkiso Co., Ltd. Japon. Le Groupe opère aux États-Unis, sous Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (un membre de Nikkiso Co., Ltd.). Les entreprises membres du Groupe fabriquent et entretiennent des équipements de traitement du gaz cryogénique (pompes, turbo-détendeurs, échangeurs thermiques, etc.), et des usines de traitement pour les gaz industriels, la liquéfaction du gaz naturel (GNL), la liquéfaction de l’hydrogène (LH2) et le cycle organique de Rankine pour la récupération de la chaleur perdue. Fondée il y a plus de 50 ans, Cryogenic Industries est la société-mère d’ACD, de Nikkiso Cryo, de Nikkiso Integrated Cryogenic Solutions, de Cosmodyne et de Cryoquip, et d’un groupe administré en commun comptant une vingtaine d’entités opérationnelles.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez consulter les sites www.NikkisoCEIG.com et www.nikkiso.com.

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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Finaliza a Aquisição da Cryotec Anlagenbau GmbH, Wurzen, Alemanha

TEMECULA, Califórnia, Feb. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Clean Energy and Industrial Gases Group (“Grupo”) da Nikkiso Cryogenic parte da Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japão), operando sob a Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (EUA), finalizou a aquisição da Cryotec Anlagenbau GmbH (Cryotec), de Wurzen, Saxônia, Alemanha por um valor não revelado.

Uma empresa global de engenharia e construção de plantas, a Cryotec fornece serviços de planejamento, gerenciamento de projetos, fabricação e engenharia de plantas de separação e liquefação de ar montadas em skid/em contêineres e tecnologias de CO2 que oferecem soluções personalizadas para seus clientes.

A Cryotec será operada como parte das instalações da GmbH do Grupo, com sede em Neuenburg am Rhine, Alemanha.

O Grupo é composto por seis unidades funcionais de negócios: Bombas Criogênicas, Sistemas de Troca de Calor, Sistemas de Processo, Abastecimento e Soluções, Infraestrutura de Energia, e Projetos e Serviços Estratégicos. A Cryotec atuará como o centro de competência e produção do Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases Group na Europa.

A Nikkiso promoverá e venderá globalmente os pacotes de soluções inteligentes da Cryotec que reduzem e recuperam as emissões de dióxido de carbono e apoiam ainda mais as metas de sustentabilidade do Grupo. A Cryotec terá acesso total às tecnologias inovadoras do Grupo Nikkiso desenvolvidas na Califórnia e em outros lugares, e oferecerá pacotes, soluções e estações localizadas para LH2 (Hidrogênio Líquido) LNG (Gás Natural Liquefeito), amônia e aplicações de armazenamento de energia criogênica na Alemanha e na Europa. Daremos suporte ao crescimento da Cryotec, com mais recursos e aumento das nossas atividades de fabricação e montagem na Saxônia, e com o fornecimento de soluções Cryotec na Alemanha e no mercado global”, disse Peter Wagner, CEO da Cryogenic Industries e Presidente do Grupo.

O Primeiro-Ministro da Saxônia, Michael Kretschmer, disse: “A aquisição da Cryotec Anlagenbau pela Nikkiso fortalece a globalização de uma empresa saxã tradicional de Wurzen. A Nikkiso tem experiência global em energia renovável, hidrogênio e armazenamento de energia. As energias renováveis e o hidrogênio verde têm um papel fundamental no atingimento das metas energéticas e climáticas na Saxônia. A Saxônia já é um local importante para a pesquisa e aplicação de tecnologias de hidrogênio. Estou muito contente com a contribuição da Nikkiso com sua experiência para a Saxônia no futuro.”

“A Nikkiso poderá ajudar na realização deste projeto, bem como no fornecimento e manutenção de estações de abastecimento de hidrogênio líquido e GNL no mercado europeu”, disse Ole Jensen, Vice-Presidente da Europa. “Esta aquisição é um exemplo do nosso compromisso e apoio à meta da União Europeia de alcançar a neutralidade de carbono até 2050.”

A compra foi efetivada em 3 de fevereiro de 2023.

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group
O Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group faz parte da Divisão Industrial da Nikkiso co. Lt. Japão. O Grupo opera nos EUA, sob a Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (membro da Nikkiso Co., Ltd.). As empresas membro do Grupo fabricam e prestam serviços para equipamentos de processamento de gás criogênico projetados (bombas, turboexpansores, trocadores de calor, etc.) e plantas de processamento de Gases Industriais, Liquefação de Gás Natural (GNL), Liquefação de Hidrogênio (LH2) e Ciclo Rankine Orgânico para Recuperação de Calor de Resíduos. Fundada há mais de 50 anos, a Cryogenic Industries é a empresa controladora da ACD, Nikkiso Cryo, Nikkiso Integrated Cryogenic Solutions, Cosmodyne e Cryoquip, e de um grupo comumente controlado de aproximadamente 20 entidades operacionais.

Para mais informação, visite www.NikkisoCEIG.com e www.nikkiso.com.

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Keyron appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Carl D Francis takes the helm at medtech group focused on reversal of diabetes, NASH, and obesity

LONDON, Feb. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Keyron, the medical technology group focused on reversing type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and obesity via an innovative medical device platform, announced the appointment of Carl D Francis as Chief Executive Officer.

“The continuing rise in obesity, diabetes, and all forms of fatty liver disease is one of the biggest health challenges the world faces today. Literally billions of people are affected, and the numbers continue to rise rapidly,” Francis said. “Keyron’s technology is a complete game-changer. An innovative, non-surgical, endoscopically-delivered, fully reversible treatment as an alternative to drastic bariatric surgeries is as exciting as it gets. I am really proud and honoured to be part of Keyron.”

The American Diabetes Association states that today 37m Americans suffer from diabetes, with 96m having pre-diabetes. The link between obesity and diabetes is well established, and according to The World Obesity Federation’s forecast in their recently released 2022 Atlas, 67% of women and 51% of men in the Americas will be living with obesity (BMI ≥ 30) by 2030.

Keyron’s patented technology is designed to be a fully endoscopic, outpatient procedure providing the same or greater metabolic benefits of gastric bypass surgery, including a reversal of type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as NASH and liver fibrosis.

Following successful rodent studies in 2019 and swine studies in 2022, Keyron’s first-in-human trials are planned to begin in early 2024. Keyron is targeting to achieve FDA clearance by 2028, and a US launch is planned as the first target market. The company is now making plans to raise a $15m Series A funding round.

Dr Giorgio Castagneto Gissey, Keyron’s Chairman, said, “We are thrilled that Carl will be leading Keyron as we enter this critical stage of our development. Carl brings energy, focus, and senior leadership experience to ensure we realize our full potential. Keyron has always had high profile, world-leading board members and medical advisors, and we continue to bring onboard remarkable people. We are truly delighted to have been able to attract Carl.”

Francis was previously CEO of successful nano-technology group P2i. During his tenure the group grew from a handful of employees to global leadership in the functional nano-coating space. He was most recently CEO of UK-based medtech group Eyoto which specializes in advanced technologies in the optical and ophthalmic industries. He started his career as a US CPA, is a member of Mensa, and has a BSc from the University of Cincinnati.

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ABOUT KEYRON

Keyron is a UK-based, preclinical-stage medical device and technology platform company aimed at a highly-effective treatment of metabolic diseases. Keyron’s patented ForePass™ is an innovative medical device designed to safely reverse type-2 diabetes, as well as NASH, and obesity. The company has already demonstrated a full reversal of insulin resistance in animal studies, and recently published the results in The Lancet EBioMedicine. Keyron has upcoming clinical trials in South America and aims to then carry out further clinical trials in the USA. Its founders, directors, advisors and investors include some of the most well-known and cited professors and KOLs worldwide in the metabolic diseases space. The company is backed by multiple institutional investors based in the USA and EMEA.

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Syria: International action needed after devastating earthquake afflicts war-torn regions

Responding to the catastrophic earthquakes that struck Turkiye and Syria this morning, Aya Majzoub, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:

“Amnesty International expresses our deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in these devastating earthquakes. Hundreds of thousands of people across Turkiye and Syria have been affected, yet people in areas already devastated by years of conflict face additional challenges.

“Four million people in opposition-held north-west Syria have had to live in appalling conditions with little access to healthcare. This morning, entire buildings collapsed in neighbourhoods already dilapidated by over a decade of war. The immense destruction, coupled with an acute economic crisis and a fierce winter storm, is also hampering the delivery of humanitarian aid.

“The international community must immediately mobilize resources to support the rescue and rehabilitation efforts in northern Syria. The Syrian government must also allow aid to reach all areas affected by the earthquake without restriction. All parties, particularly the Syrian government and Russian forces, must immediately cease attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructures, as well as indiscriminate attacks in the region.”

Background

Two powerful earthquakes devastated large areas of Turkiye and Syria this morning. According to the latest reports, at least 2,200 people have been killed and thousands more injured.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said that the earthquakes have devastated regions of Syria where a large number of internally displaced people (IDPs) and vulnerable families live.

Since August 2022, the Syrian government has enforced a blockade on civilians in predominantly Kurdish areas in the northern Aleppo region, obstructing their access to fuel and other essential supplies.

In July 2022, Amnesty International published a report detailing how millions of IDPs in north-west Syria are living in dire conditions in camps. They are entirely dependent on international aid for survival.

Source: Amnesty International

Humanity Must Act Urgently to Avert Total Global Catastrophe, Secretary-General Warns General Assembly, Outlining 2023 Priorities for United Nations

Transformative Change Key to Tackling Multilevel Crises, Delegates

Say as Climate Crisis, Developing Countries’ Struggles Top List of Concerns

With the so-called “Doomsday Clock” at 90 seconds from midnight — or total global catastrophe — amid a host of multilevel global crises, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres laid out his critical priorities for 2023 to the General Assembly today, urging Member States to seize the moment and act before it is too late.

After expressing his condolences to the people of Türkiye and Syria, noting the United Nations is mobilizing a humanitarian response to the earthquakes there, the Secretary-General presented his annual report on the work of the Organization (document A/77/1), stressing that the clock now affirms humanity is near its darkest hour, closer than even during the height of the cold war.“We need to wake up — and get to work,” he urged, with the Assembly acting in systemic, transformational ways.

Spotlighting strife-torn areas around the world, he said the Russian Federation invasion of Ukraine is inflicting untold suffering on the Ukrainian people, with profound global implications. The world needs peace — in Palestine and Israel, Afghanistan, the Sahel, Myanmar, Haiti and elsewhere — for the 2 billion people in countries affected by conflict and humanitarian crises. With many of its peacekeeping missions under-resourced and under attack, the United Nations will increase its commitment to reform through the Action for Peacekeeping+ initiative. Imploring nuclear-armed countries to renounce any use of these unconscionable weapons, he also said the New Agenda for Peace must include international bans on cyberattacks on civilian infrastructure and internationally agreed limits on lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Turning to poverty, he noted that developing countries are forced to pay five times more in borrowing costs than advanced economies, and the richest 1 per cent have captured almost half of all new wealth over the past decade. The global financial architecture needs radical transformation, he stressed, with a new commitment to place developing countries’ dramatic needs at the centre of the global financial system and a new debt architecture that encompasses debt relief and restructuring to vulnerable nations.

On climate, he warned the world is at immediate risk of hurtling past the 1.5ºC temperature increase limit and is moving towards a deadly 2.8ºC. With “humanity taking a sledgehammer to our world’s rich biodiversity” and “vampiric overconsumption draining the lifeblood of our planet — water”, he called for game-changing action: halving global emissions this decade. Developed countries must make good on the $100 billion promised to developing countries, deliver on the loss and damage fund agreed in Sharm El-Sheikh and double adaptation funding. Citing a Climate Ambition Summit on the pathway to the upcoming Twenty-Eighth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December, he stressed that if Governments, business or civil society cannot show accelerated action in this decade, “please don’t show up”.

Shedding light on the state of human rights worldwide, he noted that antisemitism, anti-Muslim bigotry, the persecution of Christians, racism and white supremacist ideology are on the march — while many other vulnerable minority communities are increasingly targeted for hate, online and off.“Stop the hate,” he urged. On gender equality, he said that half of humanity is held back by widespread human rights abuse. Women and girls in Afghanistan have every aspect of their lives controlled by men. At the current rate, it could take 286 years for women to achieve the same legal status as men. He noted he commissioned an independent review of the United Nations capacity around gender equality across all pillars of its work.

Further, human rights activists are targeted for harassment, and the number of journalists and media workers killed last year skyrocketed by 50 per cent. He pointed to next year’s Summit of the Future, as “there is no greater constituency to champion that future than young people”.Stressing the ultimate priority — a safer, more peaceful, more sustainable world — he called for decisive action before it is too late, as “the clock is ticking”.

Likewise, Assembly President Csaba Korösi (Hungary) said the international community must act in a crisis management mood and assume full responsibility for all consequences of its actions or inactions. This is a watershed moment in history, and a business-as-usual approach will not produce the necessary solutions. The Secretary-General’s annual report aligns with Assembly priorities, particularly preparations for the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in September, the Summit of the Future in 2024, and the United Nations Water Conference in 2023. Urging all United Nations bodies to bring about the transformational change that is expected by its 8 billion stakeholders, he spotlighted the veto initiative as a master class on the importance of the Assembly’s work.

In the ensuing debate, delegates universally expressed condolences to the people of Türkiye and Syria, going on to echo the Secretary-General’s warnings on the multilevel and interlocking crises threatening peace and security, food security and any prospects for development. Others voiced serious concern over enduring financing gaps between developed and developing countries, as well as the triple threat of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

The representative of Malawi, speaking for the Group of Least Developed Countries, stressed that those States are facing the cascading impacts of multiple and mutually exacerbating crises driven by issues including climate change and rising geopolitical tensions. She called upon development partners to come forward by showing solidarity and not austerity. The Sustainable Development Goal Summit and the Summit of the Future should bring about transformative changes in the lives and livelihoods of the 1.1 billion people in the least developed countries, she insisted.

South Africa’s delegate recalled that, while the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have largely abated for many, its disproportionate impact on developing countries remains and the distribution of vaccines continues to be unequal and inadequate. He warned about an increase in military spending to a staggering $2.1 trillion — the highest level since the cold war — and called for Council reform. On climate action, he urged efforts to prioritize the Global Goal on Adaptation, respond to loss and damage and set new goals for financial support to developing countries.

The speaker for Sri Lanka — spotlighting the lack of debt restructuring, development and climate finance for these countries — noted they remain in a state of development and are waiting for the day when they can rear their heads, breathe free and tell themselves that they can now live in peace and dignity. The failure of the United Nations system to deliver is not an intrinsic weakness, he said, but attributable to Member States which pay lip service to its ideals and yet conduct their activity with impunity and crass disregard for the United Nations Charter.

In another register, the Russian Federation’s representative spotlighted the attempts by a number of States to impose the “right of the might” and replace universal norms of international law with a rules-based world order tailored to geopolitical interests. The United Nations is unable to fulfil its task, she said, citing the deep split in the Assembly and the Council. The politicization of aid by donor countries in Afghanistan, Cuba, Syria and Myanmar was unacceptable and immoral, and the current food crisis — whose roots preceded the events of 2022 — is being worsened by the unilateral actions of Western countries.

Syria’s representative, thanking delegations for their expressions of condolence, requested the lifting of all restrictions imposed as part of unilateral coercive measures, which constitute major obstacles to emergency aid. He joined others in supporting the right to development and citing an “immense gap” between developed and developing countries, underlined the importance of the principles of national sovereignty — noting that exclusionary policies, including sanctions by the United States and other countries, undermine peace and security.

In other business, the Assembly adopted a text, introduced by Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, proclaiming 17 February as Global Tourism Resilience Day, as well as a draft decision accrediting the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, and invited it to participate as an observer in the work of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries Conference.

The Assembly took note of two letters addressed to its President informing that, since the issuance of his 17 January letter, Dominica and Equatorial Guinea have respectively made the payment necessary to reduce arrears below the amount specified in Article 19 of United Nations Charter.

Also speaking were the representatives of Malaysia, Liechtenstein, Pakistan, Japan, Belarus, Côte d’Ivoire, Qatar, El Salvador, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Papua New Guinea, Kazakhstan, India and Kiribati.

Source: UN General Assembly

Boosting viral hepatitis awareness and treatment

Four months before her wedding and on the eve of starting a new job, Dada Titilope went in for a routine medical check. It was then that the 36-year-old resident of Ile-Ife Osun State in Southwestern Nigeria discovered that she had hepatitis B.

“I was very scared,” Titilope recalls, describing the horrors she read online about the disease. “I thought it was a death sentence.” She considered calling off the wedding. But her fiancé and family wouldn’t hear of it, encouraging her instead to focus on staying well. “The doctors were able to calm me down,” she recalls. “I had to start treatment as soon as possible.”

Hepatitis B infection (HBV) is preventable and treatable, and hepatitis C virus (HBC) infection is now curable. Yet more than 90% of those living with hepatitis B and C in Africa lack much-needed care.

In Africa, including Nigeria, hepatitis is a silent epidemic. More than 90 million people are living with hepatitis in the Region, accounting for 26% of the global total. Nigeria has a prevalence rate of 8.1 and 1.1% for HBV and HCV among adult aged 15-64 years respectively according to the Nigeria HIV-AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, 2018 (NAIIS 2018). The country has more than 20 million people living with hepatitis B, C, or both; yet more than 80% of the people who have the disease do not know their status, according to some estimates.

“Most patients have the wrong impression of the disease and what they know is often only the negative,” says Professor Dennis Ndububa, head of gastroenterology at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, where Dada’s diagnosis was confirmed. Many patients, he says, discover their diagnosis accidentally while donating blood or undergoing medical screening for other ailments.

To expand awareness and improve detection and treatment, World Health Organization (WHO) has been supporting the Government of Nigeria in its National Hepatitis response.

“One of the things that we want to do differently now is to try to mirror the kind of mass awareness programme that we have from HIV, and we know the results: many more people know their status. There has been an increase of people on treatments. And so for hepatitis, we’re taking on the lessons from the HIV programme,” says Dr Akudo Ikpeazu, Coordinator, National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCP) at the Ministry of Health.

WHO supported the country in developing policy and guidance documents to prevent and treat viral hepatitis across the 5 core intervention areas (e.g., vaccination, prevention of mother to child transmission, blood and injection safety, harm reduction and hepatitis B and C testing and treatment.

“Nigeria has established capacity for viral hepatitis response at all levels,” says WHO Country Representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, “Including strategies centred on primary health care and universal health coverage.”

At Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, all pregnant women are screened for hepatitis B and C. At the national level, hepatitis B vaccination is included as part of routine vaccination for children. Guidelines have also been introduced recommending that any patient seeking treatment for any reason be automatically screened for hepatitis.

“Our goal is to have many more people … getting tested for hepatitis, knowing their status, and then taking the next step of accessing those services that are already available,” says Dr Ikpeazu.

But awareness is only one obstacle. Another is the cost of treatment.

Bamidele Ogbe Solomon suspects that it was a blood transfusion that infected him with hepatitis C. Diagnosed in 2000, the 67-year-old Ife Osun resident has had to contend not only with the painful effects of the disease, but with drug shortages and treatments beyond his financial reach. “I was told there was a cure in Nigeria for hepatitis C, but it is quite expensive, about 510 000 naira [US$ 1167] for a three-month supply,” he says. “The treatment has not been easy. We have been trying to purchase the drugs and it has been quite expensive for an old man like me. My children have been very supportive.”

“I would like to urge the government to look into how the treatment of hepatitis C can be made easily accessible and treatable for Nigerians,” he adds.

Dr Ikpeazu shares Bamidele’s concern. His team is currently advocating hepatitis treatment to be free, like HIV treatment.

“Hepatitis B treatment can be mainstreamed into health insurance, into the basic services that are provided through the basic health care provision funds,” he says. “For hepatitis C, the good news is that it can be cured after three months, which shortens the span and the costs in total. There is grounds for hope that treatments can be more widespread and more people can have access.”

In the meantime, patients like Bamidele and Dada continue to rely on friends and family for material as well as moral support. “For those who have had the test and turn out negative, please get vaccinated,” urges Dada. “But if it turns out positive, know that treatment is available. I’m living a healthy life, I’m expecting my first baby, I’m moving on in my career, and I’m really happy. It’s not the end of the world.”

Source: World Health Organization

Journey to extremism in Africa: Pathways to recruitment and disengagement

The surge in violent extremism in sub-Saharan Africa undermines hard-won development gains and threatens to hold back progress for generations to come. The need to improve understanding of what drives violent extremism in Africa, and what can be done to prevent it, has never been more urgent.

Against this backdrop of the surge in violent extremism in sub- Saharan Africa, and the continued prioritization of security-driven responses, UNDP initiated a follow-up study, Journey to Extremism in Africa: Pathways to Recruitment and Disengagement in 2020.

The research was developed to strengthen and refine the evidence base established in 2017, as well as to update and expand the scope of the research, tracking variations in relation to the findings of the first report: Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment

Source: UN Development Programme

With Al Takamol refugee camp destroyed by fire in Sudan, WHO extends health support and assesses further needs

Over 450 refugee families in Sudan faced a harrowing evening on 17 January, 2023, when their Al Takamol camp was engulfed by fire, leading to one death, several injuries with burns and fractures, and the destruction of their belongings, among other vital damage. Almost half of the 2000 individuals residing in the camp are children, while 32% are older people. A joint team was swiftly dispatched by the Khartoum State Ministry of Health and WHO Sudan – the first UN responder to support health services in the incident – for a rapid situation analysis and the extension of needed assistance.

An immediate response

Khaled Ibn Al Waleed clinic, the refugee camp’s nearest public health centre located one kilometre away, only began operations after the fire thanks to Al Manar nongovernmental organization, which provided basic resources for its partial functioning. The only available doctor in the clinic struggled to provide minimum standard services, with limited resources.

In response to the fire, the WHO Health Emergencies Programme supported Khartoum State Ministry of Health with extensive emergency supplies, including medicine, trauma and surgery kits. WHO will also cover the clinic’s staffing needs for 2 doctors, 2 nurses, 2 medical assistants, 2 laboratory technicians, 2 pharmacists, 2 health promotors, a monitoring and evaluation officer, a nutritionist, an ambulance driver and another driver for pick and drop.

Khartoum’s State Ministry of Health has delivered the required medicines and equipment and has committed a standby ambulance for referral of critical cases, as well as a continuous supply of medicines and other consumables, both for a one-month duration.

In a challenging situation

Established 12 years ago following South Sudan’s declaration of independence, Al Takamol Refugee Camp is one of many scattered in all localities of Khartoum State. Due to the length of the camp’s existence, non-welcoming neighbours impact the availability of essential resources, while substantial security concerns plague its residents.

Among the camp’s biggest challenges is water, with neighbours continuously opposing repeated attempts by the Sudanese Humanitarian Fund to install large water tanks within the camp. Residents are thus forced to purchase water from local sellers on mobile tanks, resulting in the constant threat of waterborne disease outbreaks due to unmonitored water quality. Open garbage piles leading to compromised hygiene also contribute to the refugees’ precarious sanitation and poor living conditions.

Ongoing disagreements among the camp’s refugees further complicate humanitarian action, with resistance committees, sultans and opposition forces rendering support from nongovernmental organizations and UN agencies much harder to extend to its vulnerable population.

But sustainable needs remain

Nevertheless, the findings of the rapid assessment team dispatched after the fire confirmed the dire security need to safeguard both health care workers and medicine storage. Safety precautions are equally pertinent, requiring the installation of fire extinguishers all around the camp. As for concerns for water and sanitation, additional latrines and a continuous supply of drinking-water enabling water quality monitoring are also vital.

In the absence of public health services within the Al Takamol Refugee Camp, sustainable support for the adjacent Khaled Ibn Al Waleed clinic with basic laboratory equipment, IV stands, nebulizers, oxygen concentrators and trauma equipment, is necessary. Similarly, health promotion activities need to be initiated to minimize the spread of disease and increase public awareness about the importance of seeking proper medical care. With a traumatic event such as fire ravaging the only place these 2000 refugees have called home in 12 years, mental health needs must also be addressed.

While UNHCR had supported the camp’s refugees on several occasions, the main ongoing actions are carried out by Al Manar and Sudanese Red Crescent volunteers. According to the joint WHO-Khartoum State Ministry of Health mission, a more detailed inter-agency assessment covering all sectors is in order for this long-standing camp.

Sudan hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa, with an 80% majority hailing from South Sudan. Many others fled violence and persecution in neighbouring countries, including Eritrea, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and Chad, along with the crises in Syria and Yemen pushing people to seek safety in Sudan.

Source: World Health Organization