Fundación UCR | Instituto Clodomiro Picado

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Strengthening antivenom production at Instituto Clodomiro Picado (ICP) to reduce deaths and disability of people suffering from snakebite envenoming in sub-Saharan Africa‍. ICP´s mission is: “to contribute to solve the problem of envenomings caused by snakes and other poisonous animals”

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Strengthening antivenom production at Instituto Clodomiro Picado (ICP) to reduce deaths and disability of people suffering from snakebite envenoming in sub-Saharan Africa.


Fundación UCR supports research and international cooperation programs at University of Costa Rica academic units, like ICP, a research, extension, teaching and antivenoms production center. ICP´s mission is “to contribute to solve the problem of envenomings caused by snakes and other poisonous animals” and it was awarded by the World Health Organization in 2011 with the Lee Jong Wok for the contributions to public health. ICP developed an antivenom highly effective to treat snakebiten patients in sub-Saharan Africa, which is currently used at the hospitals of the international organization Médecins sans Frontiers. This project aims to strength the capability of ICP to produce this antivenom to treat people suffering from snakebite envenoming in sub-Saharan Africa.

Every year more than 100,000 people suffer snakebite envenoming in sub-Saharan Africa. They are predominantly poor young agricultural workers, children and women. Saving their lives will have a high impact not only in terms of public health, but will also have a high socio-economic benefit since, as consequence of the snakebite, affected families suffer a huge economic burden.

We seek for philanthropic people or entities interested in helping to improve the antivenom manufacturing capability of ICP in order to increase the production of antivenom for snakebiten patients in sub-Saharan Africa.

Our donation targets include:
- US $285,000 for building internal roads within the farm where ICP keeps the horses used for antivenom manufacture.
- US $ 150,000 to increase the warehouses area for materials required for antivenom production.
- US $ 900,000 for expansion of the clean rooms and store areas at the pharmaceutical plant for antivenom production.
- US $ 1.700,000 for building a new bioterium to keep the experimental animals (mice and rabbits) for the quality control tests required during antivenom production.

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