Welcome to AfriTox
Your first stop for POISONS INFORMATION. Supported by the Red Cross Children's Hospital.
Not every accidental ingestion of a toxic substance needs emergency treatment in hospital. AfriTox is a uniquely South African poisons information database which gives doctors immediate information about how to manage poisonings.
AfriTox is for everybody
AfriTox helps doctors in Southern Africa treat patients exposed to any substance in our region. It focuses on local medicines and commercial products (using South African trade names), local plants, bites and stings. The treatment protocols are tailored to local conditions, are clearly presented and easy to interpret.
Nobody wants to be the cause of a tragedy, but accidents happen. Products can be misused and can cause harm. If manufacturers tell us what is in their products, we can tell doctors precisely how safe or toxic the products are. Very few manufacturers refuse to help us. Obviously we keep the information confidential. We've done that for 40 years.
Generous financial support from individual donors, a few companies and The Children's Hospital Trust has enabled the Poisons Information Centre to grow AfriTox steadily over the years. We now serve the whole of South Africa. Donor funding is key to keeping AfriTox afloat. If you can help, ask us about our projects and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AfriTox poisons information database can only be used by registered health practitioners. For this reason access is limited to subscribers only. Members of the public needing advice on possible poisoning need to phone the Poisons Information Helpline of the Western Cape on +27 861 555 777 (24 hours).
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Western Cape Poisons Telephone Service: +27 861 555 777
24 hour service - If you just want to test this number, please do so between 8:30am and 4pm on weekdays.