Neglected tropical diseases

Snakebite: WHO targets 50% reduction in deaths and disabilities

06 May 2019 | Geneva −− WHO has today released further details of its strategy to prevent and control snakebite envenoming, a neglected tropical disease that affects 1.8–2.7 million people each year, claiming 81 000–138 000 lives and causing 400 000 cases of permanent disability.

The aim of the strategy is to halve the numbers of deaths and cases of disability due to snakebite envenoming over the next 12 years through a programme that targets affected communities and their health systems, and by ensuring access to safe, effective treatment through increased cooperation, collaboration and partnership at all levels.


Contact:
Ashok Moloo
WHO/CDS/NTD
Telephone: +41 22 791 16 37
Mobile phone: +41 79 540 50 86
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