Neglected tropical diseases

Launch of WHO's global strategy for control and prevention of snakebite envenoming

Date: 23 May 2019 at 18:00 – 21:00
Venue: Restaurant Vieux-Bois, Avenue de la Paix, 12, Geneva 1202, Geneva, Switzerland

Snakebite envenoming is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that is responsible for enormous suffering, disability and premature death on every continent. About 2.7 million people are envenomed and an estimated 81,000 to 138,000 people die every year. Expenses are catastrophic for families and the economy.

In May 2018, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to address the burden of snakebite envenoming that was led by Costa Rica and Colombia and co-sponsored by 31 additional Member States.

The WHO global strategy for the prevention and control of snakebite envenoming is a clear plan of action, that fulfills WHO’s mandate to direct and coordinate global action on snakebite. It places countries at the centre, sets priorities, focuses on outcomes and impact, and aligns with targets set out in WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Generate buy-in from Member States and multi-stakeholders for the implementation of the global strategy
  • Showcase country experience and collaborations with non-State actors.
  • Mobilize resources to support implementation of the global strategy


  • Member States
  • Experts from the WHO Snakebite Envenoming Working Group
  • Development partners and Non-State Actors
  • WHO Secretariat (NTD and EMP)

Expected Outcome

  • Commitment to implement the global strategy
  • Pledges to support its implementation
  • High level global advocacy

Sponsored by Republic of Costa Rica and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria