Neglected tropical diseases

In remembrance of Royjan Taylor

12 June 2019 | Geneva −− It is with heartfelt sadness that we learnt of the passing of our colleague and friend, Mr Royjan Taylor, aged 44, director of the James Ashe Antivenom Trust, and Bio–Ken (Africa), located in Watamu, Kenya. Royjan passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday 12 June 2019.

The WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases acknowledges the great contributions of Royjan to improving the lives of people affected by snakebite. His tireless efforts to make effective antivenom available to treat patients and his work in community engagement and education were invaluable, and his departure is a loss to us all.

We will remember Royan as a vibrant and energetic advocate for Africa’s snakebite victims. His enthusiasm and commitment were passed on to many of his colleagues and collaborators, many of whom will remember him from the launch of the snakebite envenoming strategy held in Geneva on 23 May 2019.

Royan’s passing is already being felt widely by the global snakebite community He will be remembered with admiration and fondness, and we are honoured to have worked alongside him. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Clare and children Eric and Joey at this time.

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