Snakebite envenoming

Snakebite: WHO targets 50% reduction in deaths and disabilities

6 May 2019 | Geneva –– WHO today released details of its strategy which aims to halve the numbers of deaths and cases of disability due to snakebite envenoming over the next 12 years.

The strategy targets affected communities and their health systems, and by ensuring access to safe, effective treatment through increased cooperation, collaboration and partnership at all levels.

Snakebite envenoming: a strategy for prevention and control will be launched on 23 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Decisive response: authorities work 24/7 to assist snakebite victims after Kerala floods

28 August 2018 | Kerala, India | Geneva, Switzerland −− The recent flooding in Kerala, India is believed to have killed hundreds of people, with more than a million others displaced. Most of them were sheltered in relief camps.
With water levels receding, people returning to their homes are faced with the daunting task of dealing with snakes – with an unprecedented number of snakebites reported.
Through cross-sectoral collaboration, the authorities are offering round-the-clock services for assistance.

Snakebite envenoming: Member States provide WHO with clear mandate for global action

24 May 2018 | Geneva -- The 71st World Health Assembly adopted a resolution formally providing the World Health Organization (WHO) with a strong mandate to develop a comprehensive plan to support countries in implementing measures for increased access to effective treatment to people who get bitten by venomous snakes. WHO is already working on a strategic plan to assess and address the global burden of snakebite envenoming. The plan is expected to be ready by the end of this year.

International focus on snakebite envenoming grows

14 February 2018 | Geneva –– A new initiative gets underway to discuss the possibility of developing innovative solutions that can address the problems associated with snakebite envenoming.

The interdisciplinary event, to be held in Leiden, The Netherlands on 21 and 22 June 2018, aims to raise attention for this devastating, neglected tropical disease and ignite solutions and international action on snakebite prevention and treatment.

WHO Executive Board recommends resolution on snakebite envenoming to World Health Assembly

26 January 2018 | Geneva –– The 142nd session of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board has recommended a resolution on snakebite envenoming to the 71st World Health Assembly.

The draft resolution calls on countries to take definitive steps to stop the death, disability and suffering that snakebite inflicts on many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.


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