AFSA News – August 2018
HAE SA update
We are in the process of getting supplies of Ruconest for those patients who have shown interest – for use in acute and preoperative situations. This is being organised by Prof Jonny Peter and Lyndie Joubert.
Ruconest still has to be infused but it is a huge step forward, in that it has been made available to all and at a reasonable price.
In addition, Prof Peter is conducting the trial of a new drug especially formulated for prophylactic use for HAE patients. This is a tablet and will be taken daily, so if successful, will be amazing – although it will still take a while to get to market.
Monthly Facebook Live videos
We are happy to continue our Mandela Day initiative with a monthly Friday occurrence whereby our allergy specialists will be answering your allergy questions live on Facebook video (@SAallergy) for 20min once a month on a Friday. Our next live session will be on Friday 17th August – with Dr Pieter de Waal – starts 1pm. #BridgingTheGap
Congratulations to Prof Claudia Gray
AFSA would like to congratulate Prof Claudia Gray on being awarded the Nestle Nutrition Institute Award for Best Allergy Research in Africa 2017. Claudia, a paediatrician, allergist, wife and mother of four, works tirelessly to remain at the cutting edge of allergy research. We are proud to have Claudia sit on our board of directors and for the valuable contributions and insight that she provides to the AFSA team. Very well done!
ALLPAEDS 2018 and Dermatology Society of South Africa congress 2018 and we welcome Melanie Handley to our team!
AFSA has a table at the joint ALLPAEDS/SAPA/ALLSA conference 2018 at the Century City Convention centre in Cape Town 29th August to 2nd September 2018 – We look forward to the exciting programme.
During the same week our newly appointed AFSA Business Development manager, Melanie Handley, will be attending the Dermatology Society congress in Durban – and we are excited to launch the new emollient prescriber initiative in conjunction with UCT Lung Institute – an aid for medical professionals to ‘Emollients in SA, Matching Cream to Patient’.
We are so excited to have Melanie on board as a member of the AFSA team. Melanie has a wonderful skillset, a Degree in Nutritional Therapy, and comes with a wealth of experience working in the health sector. She also has a Higher Diploma in Education and is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of people and teaching and educating children and adults. She is well travelled and has lived in North America, Germany, Chile and the United Kingdom, living abroad for ten years.