The SETAC World Council recognized the steady development of SETAC activities in Africa by elevating the 90-member SETAC Europe Africa Branch to full geographic unit status at the SETAC World Congress in Berlin in May. The step will further energize SETAC activities in Africa, which has seen a series of successful SETAC biannual meetings (the latest in June 2011 in Buea, Cameroon) and other activities.
Research opportunities: In D R Congo, especially in Kinshasa and Katanga mining province, the environmental is heavily polluted by heavy metals including dioxins and PCBs; as the result, there is high incidence of breast and brain cancer within these areas. Unfortunately, there is no formal research establishing the link between such pollution and the cancer. Epidemiological investigations are required to prevent further health disaster... D.E. MUSIBONO, Ph.D.
It is woderful to upgrade SETAC Africa to full geographic unit. Indeed, there various environmental Toxicology issues occuring within Africa, especially in mining, municipal and industrial areas. Unfortunately, most of decsion makers ignore such threats. SETAC has to sensitize and to raise environmental awareness through africa-hosted events.
Hoping the best for our ogranisation.
Dieudonné Musibono, Ph.D.
Ecotoxicologist and university Professor at the University of Kinshasa, D R Congo