The World Health Assembly passed a resolution on snakebites last night, The Week reported, which advocates hope will improve research and access to antivenoms by the poor areas affected most deeply. "Passing a resolution means that snakebite will now be on both national and international health agendas, and governments now need to make concrete commitments," said Julien Potet, an MSF Access Campaign policy adviser.
The resolution could help places like Kilifi, on the Kenyan coast, where there are many varieties of snakes and little access to emergency antivenom care. Rebecca Ratcliffe wrote a piece in The Guardian yesterday highlighting the hurdles people face obtaining care there. "It is a poor man’s disease," Eugene Erulu, of Watamu hospital, told her. "If they bite the rich or the most powerful people in the government then the attention would be different. But it’s the poorest of the poor – the guys who are tilling on their farm."