Author: AEFJN

REPORT FROM THE W.H.O. FORUM ON FAIR PRICING FOR MEDICINES (Amsterdam – May 2017)

Sustainable Development Objective 3 is to “ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”. This implies access to medicines (targets 3.8 and 3b) which is also a finance issue. The situation of financial accessibility is getting worse for both old and new medicines. The reasons are, on the one hand, shortages of essential medicines that are not profitable, lack of research and development for neglected diseases … and, on the other hand, new overpriced molecules, exaggerated prices fixed by the pharmaceutical companies when in a monopoly situation and the explosion of social security budgets. It has...

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A cry from the heart: the black continent is going to destabilise the world …

In a seminal article on September 1 in the NZZ[1], Senegalese writer Ken Bugul (real name Marietou Mbaye Bileoma) accuses the African elites of many evils resulting in her asking for a reduction in development aid. Young generations are disoriented, she says, growing up in the midst of corruption and mal-governance in an increasingly materialistic society for which young people are ill-prepared and in which they do not have the means to participate. In many countries, they represent half of the African population and have neither formal education nor a job. She explains that in her childhood, which was...

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News from the UK Antenna

In June, Gino Brunswijck from the Secretariat came to speak to the UK Antenna. He gave a comprehensive input on globalisation and how, when badly managed, it has adverse consequences in African countries. On the theme of land-grabbing, we heard how the EU trade policy encourages large-scale agricultural projects which conflict with statutory and customary laws, creating low-pay jobs and leading to social problems, for example how flower insecticides can damage women’s fertility. With reference to mining, Gino explained how some African countries have rich resources in their subsoil; however, these fail to contribute to the economic development of...

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Workshop JPIC Benin

The Secretariat participated in the JPIC workshop in Calavi, Benin, that took place 17 – 29 July. The seminar was attended by 20-25 JPIC coordinators mainly from Benin, but there were also participants from Togo, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Ivory Coast. The workshop was a follow-up to the Secretariats’ visit to Benin in November 2015 when the work of AEFJN was presented to the conference of Major Superiors. Over 12 days, the participants discussed various documents of the Social Teaching of the Church such as: Africae Munus, Caritas in Veritate, Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si. The workshop...

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The Glyphosate War

When the legal documents of the trial against Monsanto regarding glyphosate (Roundup, herbicide) were published, we were asked to review the material. This consists of 54 documents, hundreds of pages + 31 related documents. This is part of our continuing discussion on the dangers of Endocrine Disruptors. Glyphosate is part of it but is also accused of causing several kinds of cancers. In short, the discussion focused on the difficulty of proving the link (tests only on animals and geographical considerations) and on balancing the precautionary principle with the management of risks of using of potentially pathogenic products. The...

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